Shola Amoo, The director and screenwriter of the BIFA winning ‘The Last Tree’ sits down with Giles Alderson and Robbie McKane to chat how he makes his films.
He talks about his start in journalism and his route to film through documentary filmmaking. Learning transferable skills from journalism, critical reading, analysing texts and applying that through documentary, learning how to create a narrative from real world environments and events and importantly listening skills in interviews
His breakthrough into directing by getting his documentary bought and screened by Current TV, then working with actors at the Soho & Royal Court Theatres & working on music videos
Going to NTFS and shooting short films there – The Prayer, Touch and then making A Moving Image – 1st Feature, a parable of gentrification How he worked with iFeatures for the Last Tree
And finally we talk The Last Tree , how he got the money to make the film, working with the actors, allowing freedom to move around 360 degree environments & allowing for flexibility with the actors whilst having a clear confident approach ’You plan to let go’.
Live from ‘Dirt in the Gate’s’ screening at The Shelley Theatre in Bournemouth as Director, DoP, writer, producer, composer and editor Mark Jenkins sat down with his camera lighting man Colin Holt and host Shaun Kimber to discuss how he made his award winning feature BAIT.
They talk the shot the film on 16mm film using 130 roles of film down on the Cornish coast with his mates and minimal budget. How he hand processed the film and re recorded the dialogue to give Bait it’s unique look & sound.
Bait has been nominated for two 2020 BAFTA’s -‘ Outstanding British Film of the Year’ & ‘Outstanding debut by a director or producer’. Bait WON the Breakthrough Producers Award at BIFA 2019
BAIT Film now available on Blu Ray, Prime Video, i-tunes or BFI Player
Poppy and Staten discuss the importance of appreciating the collaborators and creators around you, savvy ways to keep a cost-effective shoot, and the knack of running a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise £27,500.
The trio also chat about knowing your audience and how to target it, honing a film in the edit, and Giles reveals some of the more glamorous tasks of his role as a producer on the film.
We chat with the lovely and talented Krysty Wilson-Cairns on this weeks podcast all about screenwriting, her process and working with Sam Mendes on the brilliant and epic 1917 war film. OUT on 10th Jan 2020
Krysty chats with Giles Alderson (The Dare), Dom Lenoir (Winter Ridge) and Robbie McKane about what a typical full time screenwriting day look like – when do you get up? How many Deliveroos do you have?
Hanging out ‘like a waif’ on the set of Taggart, Rebus and other Scottish TV shows at age 14 – Watching Arnold Schwarzenegger’s DVD commentaries – Your first short unintentionally looking like a tribute to The Cure – Going to NFTS – inspired by key writers and teachers
– Writing about killer Guinea Pigs for script assignments – a fascination for the macabre – Being a young female untested writer in the UK – working in the US – Writing on Penny Dreadful – Writing 1917 on spec with Sam Mendes, using screenwriting skill to lay the blueprint for a story set in real time – Sam Mendes & cooking perfect pancakes every time.
This episode is sponsored by the amazing people at ScreenCraft.org. The 2020 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship is now accepting applications – and the final deadline to apply is coming up – the last day of February! Up to four winners of the 2020 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship will receive all-expenses paid travel to Los Angeles for a week of meetings and mentor-ship with top Hollywood professionals. Apply with your feature or TV screenplay at screencraft.org/fellowship before the end of February. The ScreenCraft team is currently reading submissions. Good Luck 🙂
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