Teaching

In the Winter 2014 term, I taught my first offering of BUS 340 Practical Film Producing at Hult International Business School.

The eleven-week course not only was a learning opportunity for the students, but for me as well. Of any aspect of Film Production, producing is the most relevant to business. We looked at filmmaking in terms of project management; human resource management; team management; sales, selling, distribution, marketing; whilst also covering some film theory. I introduced shot types and mise-en-scène; camera and lighting techniques; sound recording; the basics of post-production; working with actors: all things that filmmakers should know, and effective producers should know the basics of. The largest assessment was a group preproduction assignment, which included a script breakdown, schedule and call sheets, risk assessment, budget, marketing and distribution plan (including logline and synopses), for a short film script. As part of the course, I produced and directed a web series, so the students could get an on-set experience.

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Skip School

Today is the last day of filming “Skip School“, a web series about Alex, who struggles with the time jumps of his new school. I have been producing for the students in my course, so they can experience being on set.

Here is a photo of me directing our Alex, played by Ben Grady. The photo was taken by one of the students (lovely shot composition, innit?).Image

Quick Turnaround Producing

Ladies and Gents,

Yesterday was the screening of the third Action On The Side project. In February 2014 we made two short films: ‘Office Ugetsu’ and ‘Escape’. Both films were screened to a group of 30-35 at Hult House. We also screened the updated cut of ‘WhosApp’, which was made as part of the October 2013 AOTS.

Office Ugetsu is now online for your viewing pleasure. Please check it out.

The other films will be online in due time.

I am learning a lot with the course that I am lecturing at Hult (BUS 340 Practical Film Producing). As part of the course, the students are getting an on-set experience. For this, I am producing a web series. The three episode series is called ‘Skip School‘. It follows Alex, a naive 19-year-old, struggling with the time jumps of his new school. I have a very short turnaround time for this project (the script was only finalized last week), so am currently confirming cast and crew.

The series will be shot on Saturday 01, Sunday 02, and Saturday 08 March in Bloomsbury.

I’m contacting people, and am about to start advertising on all the casting and crewing websites. If you’ve stumbled across this post from one of those, and you have any questions on the project or want to suggest someone for a role, please flick me a message (asap, ideally before the end of Tuesday).

Thanks!

‘Practical Film Producing’

The first lecture of my course is tomorrow.

This post was written in January 2014, and stayed in my drafts folder for a long long time. I’m posting it retrospectively.

Tomorrow is the first lecture for my BUS 340 Practical Film Producing course at Hult International Business School.

I have a really amazing bunch of students. I unfortunately missed the first week of class – as I had to be in Dubai for our Global Powwow –  so the first week of the course has been online. Students have introduced themselves online and have completed a little quiz (just a multiple choice asking them why they’re doing the course). I had set three films to watch before we meet tomorrow: ‘Lost In La Mancha’, ‘The Kid Stays In The Picture’, and ‘Side By Side’. They have been commenting on them on a discussion forum, and I think I only scared off a couple of them 😀

And, finally, I asked the students to share two short films that they enjoy, to share what they like about it. Some of these students never watch short films. It’s brilliant – they’re getting an opportunity to watch a load of films. They’re seeing different genres and stories. I’m watching every one – which may have been stupid, because I have hours of shorts to watch. But it’s brilliant, because I have hours of films to watch!! I’m loving it. And also, they’re sharing films from their country – it’s an International school, so the students are from all over. I’ve watched an amazing film from Kenya about Somali pirates, a Greek short about a father and son, and I’m about to watch a Dominican short.

I’m looking forward to the class tomorrow.

You can follow the hashtag #practicalproducing on twitter during the course for tips.

Scriptwriting – a lesson

I’m supervising an Independent Study at the moment, on Scriptwriting. The student has a novel that he is adapting to screen. We spent an hour today talking about compulsion and goals, propelling the audience, forward momentum and the three-act structure, and more conversations on the differences between writing novels and writing for screen.

It was awesome.

I might have said that he can wax lyrical for 10 pages about a leaf in a novel, but not in a screenplay. 

Unless you’re Tarkovsky.

Tarkovsky can wax lyrical on film for as long as he wants. That is beautiful.