Film Matters lectures

These lectures are designed for anyone looking to develop their film making skills and keen to learn directly from experienced professionals in the film industry.

They are ideal for anyone looking to pitch an idea for funding to a film body, and anyone working on a concept for The Pitch.

More 2016 Film Matters programme will be announced soon!

Live Pitching with Lucy Scher

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 from 19:00 to 22:00 (BST)

77 Great Peter Street, SW1P 2EZ London

Lucy Scher will talk about her passion for film, what makes a great story, and her experience of being on judging panel for The Pitch at Pinewood Studios. One of The Pitch 2015 Runner Ups, Hannah Lee will share her experience so far and how talk about how her story is developing. After hearing from both Lucy and Hannah, there will be a live pitching opportunity, where thoughts and feedback will be given. At this event, attendees will learn the essential rules and tools of pitching from the experts. Attendees will be selected in advance to do the live pitch, they will receive feedback, explaining what worked, what didn’t – and why. If you would like the opportunity to do the live pitch, please book your ticket and email me at with your two minute pitch idea. Three attendees will be selected. Start preparing your live pitch now!

Lucy Scher

A founding director of The Script Factory (1996) Lucy saw success with the first season of Screenplay Readings in London, sourcing talent and finance for unproduced projects. Over 18 years Lucy worked with numerous screenwriters on a huge range of projects and devised and delivered courses for many production companies and public film funds both in the UK and internationally.

Lucy is author of Reading Screenplays: How to analyse and evaluate film scripts (Kamara Books, 2011).

In 2013 Lucy, and her co director, Justine Hart closed the company to focus on becoming screenwriters. Our first original screenplay, In Loving Memory is now with a producer who is seeking a director and finance to move it forward. In January 2016 were invited to pitch to rewrite a comedy feature film. The pitch resulted in a commission with Footprint Films.

Once Upon a Time in a Screenplay: Narrative Structure

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 from 19:00 to 22:00 (BST)

77 Great Peter Street, SW1P 2EZ London

Martin has analysed the world’s greatest screenwriting gurus. From Syd Field to Blake Snyder, Vogler to McKee, Seger to Hauge and Parker to Aristotle – he can set out how their models and approach to what makes the perfect movie narrative. This is a golden opportunity to understand the work of some of the world’s greatest story consultants and transplant their techniques to your fingertips.

In this master class from screenwriter, poet and composer Martin Kiszko you will be introduced to the the landscape of screenwriting structure and unpick key screenplay narrative elements in the context of a popular movie and demonstrate how the very best narrative decisions are made.

Live Pitching

On top of this we invite you to pitch live to Martin with a project you are looking to develop for The Pitch Film competition. This is your chance to experience Martin’s unique and creative response to developing projects, skills that he has exercised at international film festivals and for us on The Pitch panel. Why wait till you get to the finals at Pinewood studios to think of the breakthrough ideas or spot the issues with the plot.

Martin Kiszko

Martin has composed and orchestrated over 200 scores for film and TV. Amongst these were the landmark natural history series Land of the Eagle and Realms of the Russian Bear, in which he pioneered the recording of music samples on film locations. The diversity of Martin’s material also embraces BBC, ITV and C4 dramas including Black Hearts in Battersea, The Levels, and The Uninvited. His TV signature tunes include BBC’s Newsround, Food and Drink, Omnibus, Wildlife on Two and The Natural World.

Pitching a produceable film

Tuesday, 6 September 2016 from 19:00 to 22:00 (BST)

77 Great Peter Street, SW1P 2EZ London

Need to sell your film project? Want to learn how to make 10 minutes count? This is a great opportunity to learn from Producer Jackie Sheppard on the best steps to prepare for Pitching to executives. An experienced producer, Jackie will talk through preparation and delivery skills that can make your idea shine. Jackie will also present a "fly on the wall" view of the Pinewood experience of pitchers over the past few years, the highs, the lows, the challenges and the triumphs for those seeking the £25,000 prize. Don't miss this chance to hone your skills.

Jackie Sheppard

Following collaboration with Mark Blaney and Footprint Films on projects in development over several years Jackie joined Footprint Films as Joint Managing Director of the company in June 2004.

At Footprint, Jackie has produced the feature film Africa United, with producing partner Mark Blaney, and Rwandan producer Eric Kabera. She has also produced the funded shorts, Home (Reel Issues Films), Curfew (Screen South/UKFC), and Supraman and the School of Necessity (The Doorpost) with Mark Blaney. Together they Exec Produced four short films for the UKFC/Screen South’s Digital Shorts programme (Hammer and Flame, Out of Water, Plenty of Spoons, The Karmic Wheel of Doo Doo).

Away from Footprint Jackie produced the short films Unscripted, Derelict and Rahab (all for Reel Issues Films), the latter as part of Footprint’s work on The Pitch film competition.

Story Power: How to understand and harness the power in your story ideas

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 from 19:00 to 22:00 (BST)

77 Great Peter Street, SW1P 2EZ London

Using clips and examples from classics such as Back to the Future, David Baboulene explains the key elements that give stories their power and which give you a toolkit for managing that power. Character growth, moral argument, knowledge gaps and subtext, the story world, conflict and key questions are all made plain, followed by an opportunity for Q&A with the story consultant who literally wrote the book.

David Baboulene

David Baboulene is a published author of six books (including The Story Book, 2010), scriptwriter, professional story consultant and a Ph.D. scholar of story theory whose research is changing the way contemporary media industries create and evaluate stories.

Delegate comments on David's previous story seminars
“Every session provided a ‘eureka moment’ for me; another sudden insight into ways to improve my stories and find direction for me as a writer.”
“A wonderful combination of technical knowledge balanced with the recognition that story must come from the heart of the individual. Your seminars have helped me enormously.”
“Made something very complex beautifully clear.”
“Hugely entertaining and motivating.”
“It would be hard to improve these seminars. I would recommend them to everyone.”

Film, Distribution & Marketing

Tuesday, 4 October 2016 from 19:00 to 22:00 (BST)

77 Great Peter Street, SW1P 2EZ London

Learn more about how to develop your feature film whether fictional or documentary, then market and distribute it. Pip will share his experience based on producing feature projects for the cinema. He will talk about the whole film production process, from development through to financing and on into production and distribution. Discover some of the possibilities and issues around crowd funding and independent hybrid distribution, as well as new emerging digital models.

Pip Piper

In 2006 Blue Hippo Media ltd (BHM) emerged as the new business platform for Pip after several years running a media charity working with young people. BHM has developed an excellent reputation both nationally and internationally for its diverse media work. Filming work has taken the company to Europe, the Middle East, USA, New Zealand and South Korea.

In 2008 BHM won its first major film award for its international documentary Andy Parkin : A life in Adaptation about world-class alpinist and artist Andy Parkin. The film was shot over two years in France, Switzerland and the UK. The film won the special jury prize at the Kendal Mountain Film Festival, one of the world's foremost festivals for this genre. It also went on to win best film at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival and has travelled the world as part of the prestigious touring BANFF Mountain Film Festival.

In late 2009 BHM made their first feature film, a UK/NZ co production with Lord of the Rings producer Tim Sanders. The Insatiable Moon was released theatrically in NZ and the UK and has gone onto win Best Film at the Moondance Festival USA and Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the NZ film and TV Awards.

Last Shop Standing, a feature documentary about UK indie record shops shot in 2011/12, was screened in over 100 cinemas in the UK and internationally and won critical acclaim and was Record Store Day film of 2013 globally. It is regularly aired on Sky Arts.

Pip’s most recent film Bicycle is a feature documentary about the history and impact of the bicycle in Britain. The film received its World Premiere at the 2014 Tour de France and has screened across the UK often to sell out screenings in over 100 cinemas. It is being sold globally by its European and USA sales agents. Pip produced the film and it was directed by double BAFTA winning director Michael B Clifford.

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Pip teaches very part time on an MA in film distribution and marketing which he helped set up and is the CEO of the Producers Forum.

Please note that Film Matters lectures are subject to change. If you have any questions, please contact us