Writer / Director
Masterclass helmer, Chris has three features
under his belt, has written six best selling film making books and
taught over 1,000 film makers. His energy and enthusiasm for movies is
infectious and infects everyone who attends his seminars.
an experienced American Casting Director living in the UK.
Her last collaboration with Chris (before Gone Fishing) was on his last feature
film, Urban Ghost Story. Her experience in dealing with
actors and agents makes her contribution invaluable and
offers a guide to getting the best cast for your film.
Director of Photography
Legendary British cameraman, Vernon Layton brought his 40 years of
experience to Gone Fishing, and in this masterclass he shares with the
audience the tricks he used to create the big feature look that ‘wows’
audiences when they see it in a theatrical environment... It really does
look a million bucks!
Eddie has cut
over 20 feature films and countless hours of TV. He has edited projects
as small as shorts and micro budget features, all the way up to
Hollywood blockbuster scale, and his technical expertise is unparalleled
in his field. With full access to the ‘edit’ and evolution of that
‘edit’, students get a direct look at various cuts and see Eddie’s
techniques in action.
Actors wear their costume like a character's skin, and designer Linda Haysman brought her many years of experience in costume designing, and
shared it with us on the masterclass. Linda has designed for directors such as Danny
Boyle and actors such as John Hurt and Jeremy Irons.
2nd Unit Director
Getting enough shots and coverage in a project can make a huge impact.
Director Simon Cox chose to helm second unit on 'Gone Fishing' and created some
breathtaking shots – it's worth taking this course just for the second
unit productivity versus cost analysis! Simon is a feature film director
in his own right and brings great insight into how an extra director can
help keep things on track.
Senior Colourist John Claude, from leading London post
production facility Midnight Transfer, is on hand to talk through the
colour grading of Gone Fishing, alongside DP Vernon Layton. John has
worked on countless big budget feature films and the work he performs
daily is truly world class.
Senior Sound Designer Bernard O’Rielly has worked on feature
films as diverse as ‘Mr Bean’ and ‘Alien V Predator’. He
brings his acoustic wizardry to the masterclass, explaining how
we got that ‘BIG FEATURE’ sound, how much story can be
impacted by thoughtful use of sound, and how all the final
elements come together.
Alex is a film maker whose 35mm short film 'In The Dark' is
now in the running for the Oscars in 2010, and he shares his insights
and experiences on the film festival circuit, often playing alongside
'Gone Fishing' as one of the bonus features.
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is divided into over 30 videos, mostly around half an hour long (though
some are longer, some are shorter, plus over 20 bonus videos). Our objectives are...
We will take
YOU on the creative journey so you FEEL like you made the movie too. You
will own all these lessons and experience the highs and lows. You
will FEEL like one of the film makers.
powerful skills of crafting a story that grabs an audience and keeps them there.
Crucially, learn how to transform those story ideas into a career changing
Learn to create
a powerful and unique framework for YOUR CAREER, so that you can
accelerate towards success more efficiently. No-one else has ever taught
this simple four step career plan. 'Failing to plan is planning to Fail'.
Experience FIRST HAND the organic growth of stories, from idea,
to script, to redraft, to set, to post, to sound edit, to music… By
doing this masterclass you will go through the same steps of development as any
Meet the professionals who made the film – key
interviews with DP, Editor, Casting, Costume Designer, Sound Designer
To help form an effective strategy for your next film, your next career
step and to help you make that BREAKOUT MOVIE.
The masterclass is supported by extensive
PDF handouts which you can print and read, or read onscreen. These
include screenplay drafts, schedules, budgets, contracts, storyboards
We believe in keeping it simple… So here are three key words that you
will experience on this masterclass…
That’s how your film making career will be impacted…
It’s how the stories you choose to tell in your films will be
…and how you as an individual creative storyteller AND an entrepreneur
will be transformed.
Don’t believe us? Take a look to the left at the caliber of
experts who are part of this course, and to the right, read feedback
from people just like you.
The Film School Graduate
'This masterclass provides a massive amount of
information that even a year of film school didn't supply. I wish I had watched
it BEFORE I went as it would have saved me so much time and money when planning
and producing my shorts. It is a 'mini film school
experience', and if a new filmmaker watches closely and follows it, then with a
little practice, common sense and confidence they could easily save themselves a
lot of money by sidetracking filmschool altogether and channeling those
resources into a decent well produced short that could win awards.'
Marc Doris, Film maker, London
'Over the last six
months I have been writing and making my own short films. I've been reading lots
of movie making books, listening to podcasts, researching the internet and
watching 'making of' featurettes on tons of DVDs and NOTHING comes close to what
I'm learning from your online masterclass. Thank you for producing it, they're
inspirational as well as educational!'
Danny Lacey, Emerging Film Maker, UK
I have been a TV cameraman and editor for most of my
professional life and am responsible for hundreds of hours
of television here in Australia. As a professional, I was
unsure how much I would get from this masterclass, but I found
myself nodding in agreement and taking notes all the way
through. Chris’ insight into story telling and how you
write, shoot and edit a world class short film I found to be
both inspirational and educational in ways far beyond both
my expectation and my investment, which includes my time and
money. I now know what steps to take to follow in his teams
footsteps, hopefully, all the way to the Oscars. Thanks
Simon VanDerSpoel, Pro Cameraman, Australia
The Long Distance
Not everyone can make it to film school because of where they
live… this course is an excellent way to learn in your own home, wherever you
are, and to learn at your own pace too. I have been on other seminars where I have
missed important information as I am still thinking about an earlier
point. With this masterclass, I was able to replay points so did not miss
Jiaqing Huang, Film Maker, China
I was intrigued to see what this
masterclass could offer me as a
writer, as most books and courses treat writing as the first step of the
process, and that's it! This masterclass took me on all the other steps too, and I can now clearly
see how I can contribute and stay involved at each of those stages – I was
particularly excited to learn just how much the script can be improved in film
editing, even sound editing. Thoroughly recommended for anyone who is serious
about a career as a writer or film maker.
Sara Morrison, Writer, London
As an actor, I've always been curious about the process
behind the camera. I have read countless books on film
making, and always felt like I was missing the true steps of
putting a film together. Watching Chris' masterclass has given
me the confidence to make my first short film, and the step
by step tools to do it right. I found the masterclass to be
packed with useful information, in a very engaging and
entertaining format. If you're considering making a film, or
considering film school, STOP WHERE YOU ARE and watch Chris'
Ariele Senara, Actress, San Francisco
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