Understanding Creativity and Business in Film and Video Production.

Price £79

Federation House, 2 Federation Street, Manchester M4 4BF
Saturday 9th December 2017
Seminar/workshops 9am to 5:30pm
Drinks & networking 7:30pm-11:30pm

Tickets for this event are selling quickly so book now to avoid disappointment.

Deyan Parouchev.

Director & Cinematographer

Push the limits on your next project and get your documentary into the cinemas and on Netflix.

Deyan will take you through a case study on the making of his recent feature documentary, Timeless Beauty, shot on an URSA mini 4.6k EF. His passion resulted in a project that turned out to be much more ambitious and with a bigger budget than the producers expected. 

In the seminar the Paris based director will take you through the pre-production, production and post-production process of his feature documentary. You’ll get invaluable information about how Deyan managed to take something that was originally intended as a TV documentary and turned it into a cinematic release by adding higher production values.

Want to learn how to light like a professional cinematographer? Deyan will be giving a live interactive workshop on how to light for commercials and documentaries with a variety of different lighting setups.

Photo courtesy of Laetitia Derieux

Harry Sherrif.

Director & Writer

Finding your voice as a filmmaker and using personal projects to get noticed.

Harry set himself a challenge to shoot and release twelve films in twelve months, which transformed his career trajectory. In his workshop Harry will dive into the deep-end on how to find direction for your projects, the link between technology & business and how online platforms such as Facebook and Youtube are the future – and how you can tap into it.

Harry will also be giving an in depth masterclass in screenwriting in which he’ll be closely examining the mechanics of effective screenwriting.

Joe (Bearded) Gosling.

Managing Director at Bearded Fellows
(Creative Studio)

Starting your own production company? Finding the balance between creativity, building clients and promoting your business.

Bearded Fellows is a creative studio; at the heart of our process is taking an idea, finding its core essence and then turning it into visual imagery using film, animation and sound. Through case studies of their award winning work, Joe will highlight ways in which you as a creative filmmaker can do the same.

Having produced viral content for known brands such as The Lad Bible and others Joe will be engaging the audience in a practical workshop to help get inside the clients mind and produce the perfect pitch consisting of content strategy, creativity and commercial value.

Detailed Breakdown of the Agenda.

8.30am - 9.00am - Registration

Please arrive on time for the registration as this can take a while. It’s also a good occasion to meet your fellow Shadows & Lighters!

9:00am - 9.20am - An Introduction to the day

We’re going to be kickstarting the day with a little introduction to the schedule of the day so we’re all prepared, awake and know what to expect!

9:30am - 10.30am - Harry Sherrif: Finding your voice as a filmmaker and using personal projects to get noticed

Many filmmakers have a personal project, but go about it without direction. In 2016, Harry set himself a challenge to film twelve films in twelve months, transforming his career trajectory. How can you formulate a personal project that is relevant for you? Here’s a brief overview of what Harry will be discussing:

  • My background as a filmmaker; my roots in writing.
  • To get yourself out there and noticed, you have to do something special. What is your special thing? For me, it was writing. How to figure how what you have to offer and what makes you different.
  • The value of a series: there is something inherently marketable about 12 films in 12 months.
  • The value of a layered project.
  • The importance of relationship building – combining this with a strong portfolio that shows your unique voice as a filmmaker.
  • Getting support for your projects. The importance of building relationships. Who should you be building relationships with to get your project made and out to as wide an audience as possible?
  • How to get your project to as wide an audience as possible. Online is the future.
  • The links between film, technology and business – they are becoming one.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different online platforms (Youtube vs Vimeo vs Facebook).
  • Why a web series? (The value of familiarity).
  • Collaboration and research.
10:30am - 10.45am - Coffee Break

Coffee, tea, vodka… we’re not here to judge! (Though alcohol that early might not be a great idea! – Don’t worry, there’s networking drinks in the evening.)

10:50am - 11.30am - Joe (Bearded) Gosling: Creativity, building clients and promoting your business

Bearded Fellows is a creative studio; at the heart of our process is taking an idea, finding its core essence and then turning it into visual imagery using film, animation and sound. Through case studies of their award winning work, Joe will highlight ways in which you as a creative filmmaker can do the same.

  • It’s not the video the client is paying for, it’s the strategy – pressing record is the last that happens.
  • How to build a strategic partnership and not just be a tactical supplier (becoming an agency, rather than a team of cameraman).
  • What is the process?
    • Directing the client (rather than being directed)
    • Different levels of client and how to deal with them: Startups; SMEs; Large Corporates
11:30am - 12.30pm - Joe (Bearded) Gosling: Creative Development and Pitching Workshop

Producing a creative brief and insights into the client’s mind

  • In this workshop you and your fellow filmmakers will work together to create ideas for content strategy for ‘clients’.
  • Pitch your ideas to your fellow filmmakers.
  • Feedback on pitching session.
12:30pm - 13.00pm - Lunch Break

There will be places to get food around the venue or you can bring your own pack-lunch! Remember to be back in the conference room at 13:00pm sharp!

13:30pm - 14.30pm - Deyan Parouchev: Harnessing your creativity & passion as a filmmaker to drive a project to its full potential

Deyan will present a case study on the making of his recent feature documentary, Timeless Beauty, shot on an URSA mini 4.6k EF. His passion resulted in a project that turned out to be much more ambitious and with a bigger budget than the producers expected.

Pre-production

  • Origins: why a  Chinese producer contacted a French company, who hired a Bulgarian crew.
  • How your previous work, professional contacts and showreel can convince producers to hire you for a job you never done before.
  • How to communicate your passion and make a project evolve and grow bigger than everyone expected. Timeless Beauty started life as TV doc but adding cinematic values has pushed the project in a new direction.

 

Production

  • Choosing the right settings regarding budget, gear and the future life of a movie.
  • Logistics and choices of what you bring and what you rent in four countries across three continents.
  • How a low budget or bad conditions can stimulate your creativity.
  • Be smart to get the best results on unknown locations.

Post-Production

  • Never underestimate the importance of post-production  (and how expensive and long the process can be).
  • Why a director/ cinematographer needs good knowledge for every step of post-production.
  • How to create an effective workflow in an international context.
  • Follow your movie until the screen tests (different dcp, TV broadcast, vod and Blu-ray masters)
  • How to approach the festival market.
14:30pm - 14.45pm - Coffee Break

You’ll have exactly 15 minutes to grab a coffee or run to the toilets before we dive back in to an exciting afternoon of workshops.

14:45pm - 15.45pm - Deyan Parouchev: Advanced Lighting Workshop

Workshop 1: dealing with reality or how to keep it natural.

Workshop 2: how to create an iconic portrait – Great uses in commercial work

15:45pm - 16.00pm - Coffee Break

A last mini-break before we head back in to a great masterclass.

16:00pm - 17.00pm - Harry Sherrif: Practical Writing Masterclass

More details coming soon.

17:00pm - 17.30pm - Q&A Session from the audience

This is your chance to throw out any questions about anything relevant to video and filmmaking to any of our speakers.

19:00pm - 23.30pm - Drinks & Networking

Time to head down to the bar and make new friends, talk about projects and play with some cool camera equipment! More details on the bar location and Gear ‘Petting Zoo’ coming soon.