How to Make FIVE Feature Films in 5 years with ‘Pandorica’, ‘Black Site’ and ‘Stairs’ Director, Producer and Writer Tom Paton

Giles Alderson (The Dare, World of Darkness) sits down with director, writer and producer Tom Paton to chat how he made his films, Pandorica, Redwood, Black Site, Stairs and G-Loc and how important it is to have a business head on as a filmmaker.

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How he went from a Club Rep in Cyprus to becoming a Filmmaker and how he started with no real knowledge of cameras or production.
How he self taught himself film-making and learnt to edit and understand VFX and graphics because he has no choice.
How he didn’t want to make a short but a feature first and how he raised finance using his background in selling to secure investment .
for his first feature – Pandorica, shot at night in outdoor locations – high sensitivity camera used, in combination with DIY space lights to shoot a post-apocalyptic forest setting.

How he pushed on after his first feature onto his second feature – Redwood, which was a bigger budget, vampire film set in eastern Europe and the lessons he learnt from first feature he carried over to second feature.

His third film Black Site, out later this year, is a back to his roots, lower budget, exploitation John Carpenter-esque horror thriller.

We discuss what actors look for in a director – and vice versa and producing your own work – and find good collaborators.
We discuss his fourth film – Stairs and his 5th feature G-Lock which are both now in post

And we delve into his screenwriting process – from script to shoot

PLUS loads of advice for filmmakers new and old

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MAKE YOUR FILM returns with hosts Giles Alderson and Dom Lenoir for a fourth installment after three incredible past events. Tickets Bridging the gap between Independent and high budget films, with the most insightful panel talks and network around – we are delighted to announce…. OUR FIRST SPEAKER : Director & Producer James Kent James has Directed some of Hollywood’s greatest talents including Alicia Vikander, James Franco, Kiera Knightley, Taron Egerton, Kit Harington, Dominic West, Rebecca Ferguson and George MacKay on films such as ‘The Aftermath’ and ‘Testament of Youth’ and an expansive catalogue of high level Television projects. Moving from documentary, to tv drama to film in quick succession he has rapidly risen to be one of our top Directing talents. Join us from 6.45 at our brand new location at THEATRE DELI which has a full bar for a more relaxed networking time before the incredible guests arrive to talk. Tickets:

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