Writing your Characters for Film and TV Workshop with Ritesh Batra - 6-7 & 13-14 April
STUART DRYBURGH CINEMATOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 8-9 June 2024 Berlin
DURATION: 2 Days HOURS
21/22 . 04 . 2018
LOCATION: London UK
PRICE: 499GBP (349GBP Until 17th April)
ABOUT TIM CORRIE
Educated at Reed’s School, Bristol University - where he was a founder member of the drama department in the sixties – and Bordeaux University, Tim Corrie enjoyed a fairly brief career in the film industry working on Isadora (Karel Reisz, 1968), The Adventurers (Lewis Gilbert, 1970) and Friends (Lewis Gilbert, 1971). After a two year stint with Paramount Pictures as Assistant to the UK’s Head of Production, he found his vocation working as a film agent for Kenneth Ewing at Fraser and Dunlop, one of the most respected talent and literary agencies in London at the time, where he represented film directors such as Ridley and Tony Scott and Mark Herman among many others.
In 1989 he was one of the two principal architects of the merger between Fraser and Dunlop and A.D. Peters, helping to create Peters Fraser & Dunlop (PFD) that quickly became one of the top agencies in the UK with a clientele of nearly a thousand clients in the world of film, television, theatre and books. He eventually became co Chairman of PFD.
Tim along with colleagues was one of the creators of United Agents after an acrimonious split with PFD in 2007. While with United Agents he chaired the BAFTA Television Committee in 2008, was Deputy Chairman of the Academy in 2009 and became the 40th Chairman of Bafta in 2010, the only agent to achieve that status so far.
He remained with United Agents until 2012 representing writers, directors and producers in both film and television, and then went on working nearly four years as director and Chairman of Bob & Co., a successful production entity which has become a major player in the development and production of plays, films and television.
He is now a director of DLT, a production company and agency housed in Bedford Square, London.
James Watkins is a film director and screenwriter, best known for directing The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe. He wrote and directed the critically acclaimed thriller Eden Lake, starring Michael Fassbender and Kelly Reilly. He has written scripts for Warner Bros, Working Title, Film4 and BBC Films.
Mark Herman is a film director and screenwriter best known for writing and directing the 2008 film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
Herman’s first feature-length project was Blame It on the Bellboy, a comedy of mistaken identity starring Dudley Moore and Bryan Brown. Next, Herman wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Brassed Off, following the members of a colliery brass band, still struggling to survive a decade after the miners' strike. His most recent work is the adaptation of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. It was produced by David Heyman and stars David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Sheila Hancock and Rupert Friend. Herman directed and adapted the work.
AGENTS , THEIR INTERACTION WITH CLIENTS, AND THE DEVELOPING AND PACKAGING OF PROJECTS FOR THEM
The workshop with Tim Corrie will focus on a diversity of topics related to the profession of a talent agent. You will have the chance to not only receive this knowledge from Tim Corrie, but also interact in a very strong way, as the group will have up to 25 participants, making the experience extremely practical and interactive.
After the general introduction to the work of a talent agent, Tim will analyze several case studies from his own career in a format of conversation with some of his clients and colleagues: MARK HERMAN, and JAMES WATKINS. This approach is aimed to present different perspectives and various aspect of a talent agent profession and the client-agent relationship.
INTRODUCTION – TIM CORRIE
the role of the agent in the industry;
finding and choosing clients, understanding their needs;
finding work for the clients across the industry (film, tv, theatre, books), recognizing the specificity of different media;
cultivating relationships in the industry with decision-makers;
what does it take to be a good agent: integrity and values of an agent (downhill & uphill…);
where to start (to find a job) as an agent – agents usually don’t mix clients;
how to get an agent (for an actor writer/director);
what if an actor/writer/director wants to leave the agency?
what is a breach of contract?
small, medium and best agencies in the UK and abroad.
KEY STUDY: THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS – TIM CORRIE/MARK HERMAN
A conversation between the agent and the director/writer/executive producer of the film from the genesis of the project to completion.
the moment Tim has found the book and the decision to suggest it to Mark;
Mark starting preparing the screenplay before the company has acquired the rights of the book ( the decision not to buy the rights personally not to change the dynamics);
Fitting the project in with a pre-existing deal;
Choosing cast & crew (no obligations towards the agency but faith in your agent’s skills)
Protecting the director’s vision as an agent;
The film’s launch:
involvement of an agent in this process;
pre-view screenings: old days/now;
openings in different countries;
KEY STUDY: THE WOMAN IN BLACK - TIM CORRIE/JAMES WATKINS
An introduction from the clients’ point of view of the agent and the agency as essential fundamentals for a filmmaker to work professionally in the industry.
an introduction to James Watkins and Tim Corrie careers;
the client’s point of view: hopes/expectations/requirements regarding what an agent should do to help the artist to secure work;
reasons that brought James Watkins to select United Agents as representative;
production of Eden Lake and how it drove James’s career;
Tim’s relationship with producer Richard Jackson at Talisman Films;
Production of The Woman in Black:
Attaching James to the project;
Negotiating the deal;
Setting up the production:
James’s work on the script;
The film’s launch:
The critical reaction;
The audience reaction.
The financial returns.
P.S.: In the event James Watkins is unable to attend the workshop, his position will be replaced by producer Richard Jackson (TBC).
PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT
The workshop designed for Film Agents, Junior Agents, Film Producers, Film Financiers, Directors, Film Students, or anyone interested in entering the Film Business on the area of Film Production.
Location: London UK, University of Greenwich
Dates: 21-22 April 2018
Duration: 2 days
Price: 499GBP (349GBP with 30% discount until the 17th of april)
Maximum number of participants: 25
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