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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 2014.

Breaking into the film industry
Monday 31 March

A two-hour masterclass from director and screenwriter Debs Paterson (Africa United - Pathe/BBC films), looking at the practical realities of breaking into the film industry - covering everything from short films to representation to script development and avoiding common mistakes.

Ideal for: Anyone with dreams of breaking in who wants to know more about where to start

Why Debs Paterson? Without going to film school, Debs directed her first feature film at the age of 31 with a multi-million pound budget and the backing of Pathe, the UK film council (now BFI) and BBC films. The movie, Africa United, received a standing ovation at its world premiere in Toronto and also its European gala premiere at the London Film Festival. It was nominated for several awards, including the Best debut director BIFA for Debs and released in cinemas across the UK and internationally. Debs has spent time in Hollywood and the UK film industry and will talk all about how new filmmakers with vision but without much experience can hope to break in - using examples and clips from her own story and work.

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The Pitch Winners Stories, 2009-2013
Tuesday 6 May

To celebrate 5 years of The Pitch we are inviting our past winners to come and share their experience and top tips with you. Each of these film makers managed to stand out from the crowd, and each have been an outstanding #FilmStudent join us for an evening of discussion, networking and inspiration.

#FilmFunds
Have you ever wondered what went into giving a film pitch that actually got funded? We have five film makers for whom that is true. Come and discover how they first got their outstanding idea and how they shaped and developed that into a winning Pitch.

#FilmPitch
What is it like to be cross questioned by Nick Park, Anna Cox, Lucy Scher, David Suchet, David Oyelowo, David Gyasi or indeed any actor called David? We have five winners who can tell you at least a little of that.

#FilmLA
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but why not come to hear the stories of our pitch winners in LA, and the highlights of their time meeting folk in the industry.

#FilmMatters
On Tuesday 6 May we celebrate 5 years of Pitch winners with our film matters evening at which all five will be speaking about life before, during and after The Pitch. Book now to hear from Simeon Lumgair, Rob McLellan, Tim Bassford, Simon James Cookson and Aurora Fearnley.

The Pitch Winners 2009-2013
2009 – Simeon Lumgair
2010 – Rob McLellan
2011 – Tim Bassford
2012 – Simon Cookson
2013 – Aurora Fearnley

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Past lectures

The Art of the Film Score: Major and Minor Adventures in La-la Land

A two hour masterclass from film composer, screenwriter and poet Martin Kiszko, looking at methods and techniques of how to get the best out of putting music to picture.

Learn all about the secrets of film composers’ techniques and get the best out of your film soundtrack.

Who is this for? - Anyone looking to develop their film making/soundtrack skills.

Why Martin Kiszko? Apart from his thirty years experience as a film composer, Martin is a judge for The Pitch short film competition - so this is a useful class for anyone entering the 2013 competition.

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.

As a writer he has had several of his nine screenplays optioned and he wrote and directed the ITV drama STEPS starring Oscar nominee Ron Moody. Martin also has a one man show which he recently performed in India and which is based on his book Green Poems for a Blue Planet illustrated by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park.

www.greenpoemsforablueplanet.com
www.martinkiszko.com

 

Tuesday 1 October, 19:00-21:00

The Screening Room
No 77, Great Peter Street
Westminster, SW1P 2EZ

Pitch Perfect: Story Preparation & the Pitch

A two hour masterclass from screenwriter, poet and composer Martin Kiszko, looking at key story elements and development through to pitching the concept to executives.

Who is this for? Anyone looking to develop their pitch and film making skills. Ideal for anyone looking to pitch an idea for funding.

Why Martin Kiszko? Martin’s pitching adventures have take him from London to Hollywood and from Cannes Film Festival to BBC boardrooms with the odd pitch in planes, trains and automobiles! Quite apart from his extensive industry experience, Martin is a judge for The Pitch short film competition - so this is perfect for anyone entering the 2013 competition.

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.

As a writer he has had several of his nine screenplays optioned and he wrote and directed the ITV drama STEPS starring Oscar nominee Ron Moody. Martin also has a one man show which he recently performed in India and which is based on his book Green Poems for a Blue Planet illustrated by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park.

www.greenpoemsforablueplanet.com
www.martinkiszko.com

 

Wednesday 27 March, 19:00-21:00

The Screening Room
No 77, Great Peter Street
Westminster, SW1P 2EZ

Real World Pitching: Pitching a Produceable Film

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 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.

 

Tuesday 30 April, 19:00-21:00

The Screening Room
No 77, Great Peter Street
Westminster, SW1P 2EZ

Once Upon a Time in a Screenplay: Narrative Structure

For the very first time, fledgling scene scrawlers and accomplished act scribblers get the screenwriting talk they always wanted: From Syd Field to Blake Snyder, Vogler to Mc Kee, Seger to Huage and Parker to Aristotle – here’s a two hour master class from screenwriter and poet and composer, Martin Kiszko, that will navigate you through the landscape of screenwriting structure.  Stopping off at eleven of the world’s greatest screenwriting gurus, the talk will examine their models for 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. Whether you want to base your work on the template of one, some or all of these screenwriting wizards, this talk will also unpick key screenplay narrative elements in the context of a popular movie and demonstrate how the very best narrative decisions are made.

Who is this for? Anyone looking to write their first screenplay, improve a draft or polish a completed script.

Martin has had screenplays optioned and his screenplay The Bell was nominated as Best Brit Screenplay by the UK Film Council in 2005. He wrote and directed the short ITV drama Steps starring Oscar nominee Ron Moody.

Apart from his extensive industry experience, Martin is a judge for The Pitch short film competition - so this is a must have for anyone entering the 2013 competition.

 

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.

As a writer he has had several of his nine screenplays optioned and he wrote and directed the ITV drama STEPS starring Oscar nominee Ron Moody. Martin also has a one man show which he recently performed in India and which is based on his book Green Poems for a Blue Planet illustrated by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park.

www.greenpoemsforablueplanet.com
www.martinkiszko.com

 

Tuesday 3 September, 19:00-21:00

The Screening Room
No 77, Great Peter Street
Westminster, SW1P 2EZ