The Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass 2013
June 15th / 16th 2013
Regents College, Regents Park, London
£135 (get £50 off with discount code CHRISJONES)
Having taught thousands of filmmakers now, I have a pretty good handle on what most people get out of it.
Most obvious is the massive brain bump of tips, tricks, tactics and strategies that I share. Not just my own from the films I have made, but from the hundreds of filmmakers I have interviewed for the Guerilla Filmmakers Handbooks and during other events. Some are simple… if shooting in a kitchen and you switch off the freezer for sound reasons, put the sound recordists car keys in the freezer! I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the story of angry home owners finding a defrosted freezer after the crew left! Others are more strategic, such as positioning your film through genre, title and casting and how investors, sales agents, distributors and the public will all view you differently. Either way, no matter what you know, I guarantee you will learn something new. As will I, it always happens!
We will go through the whole process of making a film, from idea to distribution. Filmmakers fall into two very broad camps. Artists and crafts people. The crafts people are often better with the actual nuts and bolts stuff (the process), but the artists can get a little overwhelmed by what can seem like endless detail. You don’t need to remember how to do everything, the point of going through it all is so that you know it exists, so that when it arrives on your doorstep, you are not surprised. Every problem has a solution, sometimes even a simple solution, but trust me, you don’t want to hear about things for the first time ever on the second day of your shoot when you are already behind schedule and over budget. Forewarned is the first step to prepared.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the two days is that you will leave feeling like you have actually made a film. Surviving the process is one of the hardest parts of the creative and financial experience of making a film, and you will go through some of the emotional courage required over the two days. Don’t get me wrong, the masterclass is nothing like as severe an endurance test as making a film, but you will be taken on the emotional rollercoaster… Buckle up, it’s a wild ride!
Connected to new friends and partners
We need other people to help make our movies. And that’s where the other delegates come in. There is an amazing amount of experience and talent in the room. Some of it raw and energised, some of it more ‘paced’ but experienced. And there are always experts in every aspect of the process… writers, producers, financiers, actors, editors, directors, poster designers, sound recordists, first AD’s…. It’s an amazing opportunity to spend two straight days with people just like you. Get ready for your team to expand!
Tired but Inspired
I love this phrase as it sums up both this masterclass, and for me at least, the filmmaking experience. Yes you will leave battered and bruised BUT ready to take on the whole world.
Over the two days I see my job as arming you with new knowledge, introducing you to new allies, pragmatically terrifying you with the work load, statistics of success/failure and offering insight through anecdotal yarns… Finally, we end on a powerful reminder of WHY you choose to do this. Remember, the worst day of filmmaking is better than the best day of stocking shelves at Tesco.
2013. There has never been a better year to be a filmmakers.
Now it’s all about your taking considered and empowered action.
I salute you and will see you on June 15th!
Get £50 off with discount code CHRISJONES (taking it down to £85)
Onwards and upwards!