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15/18.02.2022Online
DIRECTING TV COMMERCIALS WORKSHOP WITH DOMINIC MURPHY

ABOUT DOMINIC MURPHY

Dominic has directed hundreds of commercials - from low-fi realism to glossy beauty spots to cinematic epics. His first ever campaign won the coveted D&AD pencil, and further work for VW, Heinz, Sony, Virgin, Adidas and many others won countless awards including the Andy’s Grand Prix and two Gold Lions at Cannes. He was named in Campaign magazine’s ’10 Hottest Directors in the World’. He worked with BBH, AMV, Ogivy and Mather, McCann, Pubilcis, Wieden+Kennedy, Fallen, Saatchi and Saatchi and more or less all the major international agencies. Dominic’s work was renowned for combining expert storytelling with a level of authentic performance rarely seen in commercials. He worked with Brad Pitt, Carrie Fisher, David Beckham, Kate Moss and countless other top-level actors, celebrities and sportspeople. Among many exploits on location, he’s filmed with tigers in downtown Joburg, elephants up a Thai mountain, the Morocco army in the scorching desert heat and bikini-clad models in the Icelandic winter. In the studio he’s created submarines at Pinewood, cruise ships in Mexico City, an arctic ice station in North London and dangled actors upside down in a replica of the Mir Space Station. Dominic’s debut feature film White Lightnin’ premiered at Sundance and won multiple awards including Best Film and Best Actor at Mumbai IFF and Best Film at Dinard. Edinburgh IFF called it ‘jaw-dropping, a true original’, The Guardian called it ‘demented genius’. More details here. Dominic’s experience speaks for itself and guarantees the high standards our participants have come to expect from FEST FILM LAB. WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION How do you break into the industry? What's the difference between directing a scene for a drama and a scene for a commercial? How do you deal with agency and client input? How do you tell a detailed and engaging story in such a tiny timeframe? - Getting noticed - Reading scripts - Initial chat with agency - Pitching - treatments and moodboards - When the agency want to be more creative than the client - Storyboarding - The dreaded Pre Production Meeting (explaining your plans to the client) - Prep - including the ‘It’s the wrong plane’ moment - Shoot - high pressure decision making, shooting story beats, acting for commercials - Director blind spots - Editing - Sound design PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT This workshop is designed for (actual or potential) directors, creatives and producers - anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge of the commercials director’s process in order to help them develop their skills and become successful in the industry. LOCATION OF THE WORKSHOP The workshop will take place online, FEST FILM LAB has always been a project of high level knowledge sharing and networking. We will be hosting the workshops online in the near future, however we will maintain the standard of quality expected with the best experts available, and also the networking and interactivity of the workshops: -The workshop group will have a limited number of 25 participants. - We will maintain the tailor made aspects, with the possibility of troubleshooting projects you have been involved or challenges you are facing. We will introduce new tools to enhance the interactivity between participants. - We have rearranged the workshops' sessions, which will take place in 4 days instead of the typical 2 days, so that the workshop is less overwhelming, as the typical two full days online would impact the capacities of the participants to absorb the content. 16 hours Duration: 4 days Dates: 15th-18th of February 2022 9AM - 1PM GMT (London) 10AM - 2PM CET (Brussels) 1PM - 5PM Gulf Standard Time (Dubai) 5PM - 10PM CST (Beijing) 8PM - 12AM AEDT (Sydney) 2:30PM - 6:30PM IST (New Delhi) 4AM - 8AM EST (New York) 1AM - 5AM PST (Los Angeles) Location: Online Price: 499EUR (299EUR with 40% Discount until the 18th of January) Maximum number of participants: 25 By registering to the workshop you agree with FFL terms and Conditions Please add our address to your email safe senders list, address book or contact list to avoid FEST e-mails in spam

22/25.02.2022Online
METHOD, MADNESS & MINDFULNESS WORKING WITH ACTORS WITH DOMINIC MURPHY

ABOUT DOMINIC MURPHY

Dominic has directed for over thirty years at the highest level in factual television,commercials, features and experimental film. He has worked with Brad Pitt, Carrie Fisher and many other top-level actors as well as countless celebrities and sportspeople. Dominic’s commercials have won multiple awards including two Gold Lions at Cannes. He was one of Campaign magazine’s ’10 Hottest Directors in the World’. His debut feature film White Lightnin’ premiered at Sundance and won multiple awards including Best Film and Best Actor at Mumbai IFF and Best Film at Dinard. The lead in the film, Ed Hogg, was nominated for Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards. Edinburgh IFF called it ‘jaw-dropping, a true original’, The Guardian called it ‘demented genius’. More detailshere. Dominic’s first disastrous attempts to work with a professional cast led him to study acting in order to better understand the actor’s process. He trained for three years with renowned method acting coach Jack Waltzer who developed his system at the Actor’s Studio in New York with icons Sanford Meisner and Lee Strasberg. The result revolutionised his approach to filmmaking. Dominic’s many years of meditation and mindfulness practice underpins his approach to working with actors. Actors trust Dominic and he brings out their best performances. In the world of media where well-being is often overlooked, Dominic’s mindfulness and acting training, combined with his extensive directing experience make him ideally placed to help filmmakers create a safe framework for powerful, authentic performances Dominic’s experience speaks for itself and guarantees the high standards our participants have come to expect from FEST FILM LAB. WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Whether shooting a commercial, a short film or a movie, collaborating with actors (or non-actors) to get naturalistic performances can be a daunting prospect. This will be a fun, challenging and inspiring workshop, combining mindfulness and method acting techniques. During this workshop, Dominic will share his knowledge in a very practical way. You will take part in exercises designed to give you insight into the actor’s process as well as how to stay grounded and communicate well with actors in a hectic working environment. You will have the opportunity to ask Dominic questions to assess issues you have encountered on your films and receive feedback to unblock situations in the future. Maximum number of participants is 25. You will learn about various aspects of working with actors. - Staying present. - Good communication. - How to make actors feel safe. - How not to direct actors - avoiding the biggest mistakes! - General principles of acting and the different acting traditions. - Representing versus experiencing emotions during a scene. - ‘What's my motivation’? - How to help actors connect with real emotion. - Keeping performances spontaneous. - Substitution and other useful method acting ‘tricks’. PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT This workshop is designed for directors, actors, writers and producers - anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge of the actors' process so that they can contribute to creating authentic performances in the field of commercials, features, documentary, short or experimental film. No experience required. LOCATION OF THE WORKSHOP The workshop will take place online, FEST FILM LAB has always been a project of high level knowledge sharing and networking. We will be hosting the workshops online in the near future, however we will maintain the standard of quality expected with the best experts available, and also the networking and interactivity of the workshops: -The workshop group will have a limited number of 25 participants. - We will maintain the tailor made aspects, with the possibility of troubleshooting projects you have been involved or challenges you are facing. We will introduce new tools to enhance the interactivity between participants. - We have rearranged the workshops' sessions, which will take place in 4 days instead of the typical 2 days, so that the workshop is less overwhelming, as the typical two full days online would impact the capacities of the participants to absorb the content. 16 hours Duration: 4 days Dates: 22nd-25th of February 2022 9AM - 1PM GMT (London) 10AM - 2PM CET (Brussels) 1PM - 5PM Gulf Standard Time (Dubai) 5PM - 10PM CST (Beijing) 8PM - 12AM AEDT (Sydney) 2:30PM - 6:30PM IST (New Delhi) 4AM - 8AM EST (New York) 1AM - 5AM PST (Los Angeles) Location: Online Price: 499EUR (299EUR with 40% Discount until the 26th of January) Maximum number of participants: 25 By registering to the workshop you agree with FFL terms and Conditions Please add our address to your email safe senders list, address book or contact list to avoid FEST e-mails in spam

26/27.03.2022London UK
POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISION WORKSHOP WITH POLLY DUVAL

ABOUT POLLY DUVAL

POLLY DUVAL is a British post production supervisor. For over twenty years she has been working in London at the heart of British independent film alongside some of the most highly regarded directors and producers in the industry. Polly has worked on more than forty feature films including NOTES ON A SCANDAL, MR TURNER, BROOKLYN, PETERLOO, JUDY and OPERATION MINCEMEAT. This year she completed post production on Cannes Film Festival hit MOTHERING SUNDAY, and is currently in post on LIVING – an adaptation of the Kurosawa film Ikiru, starring Bill Nighy – and on Working Title’s WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?, starring Lily James and Emma Thompson. Polly Duval experience speaks for itself and guarantees the high standards our participants have come to expect from FEST FILM LAB. WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION The workshop will focus on a diversity of topics of the craft of Post Production Supervision, you will have the chance of not only receive this knowledge from Polly Duval, but also interact in a very strong way, as the group will have up to 25 participants, making it extremely practical and interactive. You will also have the opportunity to assess the issues you encountered on your films, and receiving the feedback to unblock situations in the future. Using case studies, the workshop will include the following topics: - The evolving role of the Post Production Supervisor - Planning post production before post production - The post production schedule - Budgeting for post production - Guest speakers on Sound and VFX - Film Delivery, past, present and future PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT The workshop is designed for Post Production Supervisors, Directors, Producers, Editors, Sound Editors, production managers, production co-ordinators, production assistant, assistant editors, script supervisors, Film Students, and anyone with the interest in Post Production. LOCATION OF THE WORKSHOP London UK Duration: 2 days Dates: 26th - 27th of March 2022 Location: London UK Price: 499GBP (325GBP Until 2nd of February) Maximum number of participants: 25 By registering to the workshop you agree with FFL terms and Conditions

26/27.03.2022London UK
CHOREOGRAPHY AND MOVEMENT DIRECTION IN FILM WORKSHOP WITH FRANCESCA JAYNES

ABOUT FRANCESCA JAYNES Francesca Jaynes has been a Choreographer and Movement Director in the film industry for over 25 years. Her work is incredibly diverse, ranging from movement in “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” and “Gravity” to musical films such as “De-Lovely” and “Muppets Most Wanted”. She has worked with top directors on both sides of the Atlantic, including Mike Leigh, Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, Joss Whedon, Ron Howard, Michael Winterbottom, and Mike Newell, and with a host of stars such as Judi Dench, Dustin Hoffman, Sandra Bullock, Andy Serkis, Christoph Waltz, Tina Fey, Jude Law, Keira Knightley, and Kevin Kline. In addition to a wide-ranging CV in film, she works regularly in the theatre in musicals, opera, and plays, and also in television drama. For a complete look at her career to date, please visit www.francescajaynes.com .

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION CHOREOGRAPHY AND MOVEMENT IN FILM Work in dance and movement in film can be an ever-changing and diverse experience. This is what makes it exciting! But it’s also what makes it extremely challenging. The top people in the industry have a vast range of skills (ballet, tap, historical dance, contemporary social dance, etc) and must always be ready to adapt and change to best serve their director and the film. Within this two-day exploration of the discipline, we’ll look at the complete process of working in dance/movement on a film production, from initial meetings with producers and directors, to casting, rehearsals, and ultimately filming. There are a host of details and elements that need to be considered at each stage of the process, in addition to the actual creation of the work. With discussions, Q and A’s, and practical ‘on your feet’ workshops, we’ll explore the myriad of fun and challenging scenarios that can present themselves on a variety of job assignments. Topics will include: Different approaches for different films, Genres, and directors; How does the dance/movement fit into the narrative of the film and/or scene; Relationships with other departments (Directors, Assistant Directors, Costume Departments, Sound Departments, Art and Props Departments); Practical sessions in creating and filming the work (historical dance, etc); Actors, dancers, and Muppets - working with differing levels of skills, abilities, and comfort zones. PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT The workshop designed for, choreographers, dancers, Actors, and Directors, who can directly benefit from the knowledge and know how presented on this workshop. The workshop is also suited to different profiles, such as cinematographers, Art Directors, who will directly work with Choreographers and Movement Directors, and can improve their work by knowing how to interact with this department in a more effective way. The workshop is also suitable for anyone interested in entering the Film Business on the area of Choreography and Movement Direction.

LOCATION OF THE WORKSHOP London UK Duration: 2 days Dates: 26th - 27th of March 2022 Location: London UK Price: 499GBP (325GBP Until 31st of January) Maximum number of participants: 25 By registering to the workshop you agree with FFL terms and Conditions Please add our address to your email safe senders list, address book or contact list to avoid FEST e-mails in spam.

26/27.03.2022London UK
WRITING PICTURES - SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP WITH TONY GRISONI

ABOUT TONY GRISONI

Tony Grisoni worked in many different areas of film making before turning to screenwriting. QUEEN OF HEARTS, 1989 was his award winning first feature directed by Jon Amiel. He has worked closely with a number of directors since, including Michael Winterbottom, John Boorman, Sean Durkin and Marc Munden, and has co-written with Terry Gilliam (FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, 1998 TIDELAND, 2005 and that ship of fools - THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE, 2018.) In 2001, Tony Grisoni made the trek along the people smugglers' route from the Pakistan/Afghan border, through Iran and Turkey to Europe with the director, Michael Winterbottom. The resulting film, IN THIS WORLD, won the 2002 Berlinale Golden Bear. BROTHERS OF THE HEAD, 2005 adapted from the novella by Brian W. Aldiss. Grisoni collaborated with Simon Channing Williams of Potboiler Films, and Keith Fulton & Lou Pepe (directors of LOST IN LA MANCHA, 2002) to write and co-produce. RED RIDING, 2009 adapted from the David Peace Yorkshire Noir novels. Directed by Julian Jarrold, James Marsh and Anand Tucker, and produced by Andrew Eaton at Revolution Films for Channel 4. "Red Riding is a deeper pool than The Godfather, but it doesn't encourage swimming." - David Thomson, Murder in the North - The New York Review of Books THE UNLOVED, 2009 was Samantha Morton's directorial debut which won BAFTA - Best TV Single Drama. Produced by Kate Ogborn and Michael Elliott for Revolution Films and C4. SOUTHCLIFFE, 2013 was an original 4-part drama for Channel 4, directed by Sean Durkin and produced by Peter Carlton and Derrin Schlesinger of Warp Films. "A spellbinding and terrifying piece of television storytelling." THE YOUNG POPE, 2016 by Paolo Sorrentino starring Jude law. Co-writer and executive producer. CRAZY DIAMOND, 2017, was one of the Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams anthology directed by Marc Munden and starring Steve Buscemi, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Julia Davis & Joanna Scanlan. "...a clean, perfectly mown world, where everything's fine and nice..." THE CITY & THE CITY, 2018, is a 4 part BBC 2 drama based on the novel by China Mieville. The City and the City features David Morrissey, Mandeep Dhillon, Lara Pulver, Christian Camargo and Maria Schrader and was directed by Thomas Shankland for Mammoth Screen. VANISHED - A VIDEO SEANCE, 1999 was made in collaboration with performance artist and poet, Brian Catling. "...genre busting - an encounter between mainstream movie story telling and the art avant-garde..." - Jonathan Romney. He and Catling have gone to make other pieces for galleries and together hosted the annual celebration of the absurd, CABARET MELANCHOLIQUE (RIP). Other artists he has collaborated with include Oona Grimes, Dryden Goodwin and Marcia Farquhar. Grisoni has also written and directed a number of short films including the BAFTA nominated KINGSLAND #1 The Dreamer, 2008, SYNCING featuring Peter Capaldi, 2009, the award-winning THE PIZZA MIRACLE, 2010 and THE SANDS OF VENUS, 2019. Tony Grisoni is co-writing and co-producing MARLOW, an original TV series for BritBox developed with Simon Maxwell. MARLOW is a trippy crime epic set in the bleak and strange flatlands of the Thames Estuary and will star Claire Foy. He is also writing an adaptation of Norman Lewis’s NAPLES ’44 detailing the violence and the beauty of a city in post World War II chaos. The series is to be directed by Iain Softley and produced by Andrea Calderwood of Potboiler Films. Tony Grisoni experience speaks for itself and guarantees the high standards our participants have come to expect from FEST FILM LAB. WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

The workshop will focus on a diversity of topics on the craft of Screenwriting. You will have the chance to not only hear from Tony Grisoni, but also interact in a very direct way, as the group will have up to 25 participants. * Tony will spend time on what Antoine le Bos of Le Groupe Ouest calls "pre-writing” - a way into your project. This is a return to basics. Storytelling does not need to involve a laptop. Storytelling is a social activity - an audience creates the story. We shall explore new ways of thinking about narrative and character using theatre games, automatic writing, the Tarot and other methods. * Tony will talk through in detail his experience of working on 4 different kinds of film: 1.The film, IN THIS WORLD, and KINGSLAND which draw from, and are guided by first hand accounts. 2. Adaptation: THE RED RIDING QUARTET, THE CITY AND THE CITY and FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS. Tony's specific experience of adaptation. 3. Original material: QUEEN OF HEARTS, the TV series, SOUTHCLIFFE. 4. The art film. Writing and making film on no budget. Stirring the cauldron. * Tony will discuss the history the making and the release of these films and television programmes, with clips to illustrate. He will discuss the creative act, working relationships and the business. The weekend will be - in part - a conversation where we exchange experiences and thoughts on screenwriting and filmmaking. The floor will be open at all times for participation, but there will also be sections where the participants will be very actively involved using their own material. PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT The workshop is designed to Screenwriters, Script Editors, Directors, Producers, Film Students, and anyone with the interest in screenwriting. LOCATION OF THE WORKSHOP London UK Duration: 2 days Dates: 26th - 27th of March 2022 Location: London UK Price: 499GBP (325GBP Until 4th of February) Maximum number of participants: 25 By registering to the workshop you agree with FFL terms and Conditions Please add our address to your email safe senders list, address book or contact list to avoid FEST e-mails in spam. REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP ON THE LINK BELOW:

28/29.05.2022London UK
TECHNIQUES FOR DIRECTING NON-ACTORS WORKSHOP

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Techniques for directing non-actors: Singular Drama Throughout the two-day practical workshop, participants will learn and experience the technique that Scandar uses during the preparations of his actors and non actors as well as during the shooting. Participants will get hands-on insight into the process of creating drama in a film using the human capacity to respond emotionally to fictional situations. The Singular Drama method is applicable on professional actors as well as non-actors. Filmmakers often use the element of surprise to direct actors for certain scenes to get authentic emotional responses. The directors of AJAMI based their film entirely on this principle. Unlike other forays into improvisation, AJAMI had a very precise screenplay and a well-constructed plot that demanded specific emotional responses from its actors. The actors ended up acting out a story, without being aware that they were being directed according to a pre-written script. The film is a work of fiction which shows “real” people acting in situations that are orchestrated by the directors, but very “real” to the performers, resulting in the actors projecting emotions on camera that they actually experienced at the time. This was achieved over specialized workshops, in which the actors were brought to each character’s emotional and psychological state as written in the script. Workshop learning objectives: 1. Participants will learn techniques to liberate their non-actors from the fear of the camera. 2. Participants will learn how to prepare their actors/non-actors for filming. 3. Participants will learn and experiment with improvisation techniques. 4. Participants will experience the method as actors in order to get a better understanding of the involved processes. 5. Participants will get insights on pre-production, production and shooting techniques when applying the method. 6. Participants will learn how to direct actors and non-actors using the Singular Drama method. Participants are encouraged to bring scenes they would like to direct. ABOUT SCANDAR COPTI Copti is an Oscar-nominated Palestinian filmmaker born and raised in Yafa. In 2009, his first full-length feature film “Ajami” won the Camera d’Or Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival. His film was also nominated for the 82nd Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category and won more than 15 awards worldwide. Formerly a mechanical engineer, he has also written, directed and edited several fiction, documentary and experimental short films. Copti was on the jury of the Tribeca film festival as well as at the Thessaloniki film festival in 2010 and President of the Human Rights Award in the Istanbul International film festival 2011. Copti was part of the team that launched the Doha Tribeca Film Festival and the Doha Film Institute (DFI) and he headed the DFI’s education department until November 2011. Currently Copti is developing his next feature film project. PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT The workshop is designed to Directors, 1st AD, Producers, Film Students, and anyone with the interest in directing non actors. 16 hours Dates: 3-4 November 2018 Location: London UK Price: 449.99 GBP (315GBP until 31st of October) Vacancies: 25 By registering to the workshop you agree with FFL terms and Conditions Please add our address to your email safe senders list, address book or contact list to avoid FEST e-mails in spam. REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP ON THE LINK BELOW: