Screen and Film School Birmingham: Masterclass Round-Up

4 March, 2022

Since our opening in September, we have been fortunate enough to welcome lots of Industry Specialists to Screen and Film School Birmingham for expert Masterclasses.

These creative conversations are a staple of the Film School and are crucial to the bespoke offering we aim to provide to our students. These events are interactive discussions with established film professionals and are designed to inspire and inform.

The conversations are usually relaxed and informal, and once they are in full flow, we invite students to ask any questions they may have. One of our most recent Masterclass guests was the highly acclaimed Cinematographer, Richard Stewart.

Richard specialises in shooting on 35mmm and Super 16mm film and has honed his craft travelling the world making wildlife programming with none other than Sir David Attenborough. He then moved into the world of music videos and feature documentaries. In this session we focussed on his successful music video career, and we talked about his experiences creating films for artists such as Coldplay, Emile Sande, Jess Glynn, Kylie Minogue, Metronomy, and Tiny Tempah, among others.

A quick glance at Richard’s back catalogue of music video credits shows you three brilliant projects with Kylie, as well as being the Cinematographer for two of Coldplay’s biggest hits, released eleven years apart: ‘Yellow’ (2000), and ‘Paradise’ (2011). On that note, when dialing in from Lisbon, Richard invited our students to consider collaborating on their first music videos with their peers at BIMM Birmingham, not to mention our close neighbours at Performers College too.

A big thank you to Richard for taking time to inspire and guide our young filmmakers. This Masterclass was in keeping with the other expert and prestigious guests we have welcomed to the Film School, some of which have included Executive Producer Stephen Garrett (The Undoing, The Night Manager, Spooks), Director Scott Mann (Heist, Final Score), BAFTA-winning Producer and Director Alex Lockwood (73 Cows), and Cinematographer Will Pugh (McQueen).

We caught up with Applicant Experience Manager Lucy Carey to get her thoughts on these inspiring events:

“It’s really exciting to have such a great calibre of industry professionals through our door. Once a week our students get some incredible insights from people that work on big projects like Sky Dramas, Game Of Thrones sitting in a room with people that have worked with Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, BAFTA winners – if anything I’m a little jealous!”

Stay tuned for news of our upcoming Masterclass guests, who will join us at Screen and Film School Birmingham to offer valuable insights into their craft, career, journey and the current industry climate.



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