Screen and Film School Brighton: Masterclass Round-Up
To celebrate another fantastic few months of events at our Brighton College, we released our most recent Masterclass recordings on Screen and Film School Connect last week – in time for our students to catch up over Easter!
On Tuesday, we kicked off the releases with some of our fantastic Tech Talks guests – Anna Bertmark (Sound Designer), Mdhamiri Nkemi (Editor) and Sharon Hughff (Executive Producer).
We had a fantastic time with Anna and Mdhamiri, interviewed by our very own lecturer Neil Williams, looking at case studies from Blue Story and learning all about how their departments work with each other.
Sharon gave us an incredibly detailed insight into her role as Exec Producer on White Lines, all the way from the original idea in the Left Bank boardroom through to its release on Netflix last year.
As an extra bonus, we also released our Masterclass with Noel Goodwin, former director of the BFI Future Film Festival. It’s jam-packed with info on submitting to the festival, as well as tips on networking and useful resources! Submissions for next year’s BFI Future Film Festival will open soon (it’s usually around late April) so now’s the time to find out what they’re looking for!
Next up, we were super excited to release our sessions with the wonderful Episodic TV Directors, Julian Holmes and Christiana Ebohon-Green!
We caught up with Julian back in January, just after he got back from directing Lost in Space for Netflix in Vancouver! It was fascinating to hear about the role of Showrunner and how that differs from the Director, as well as the level of creative freedom that comes with episodic directing.
Then, we were joined by Christiana Ebohon-Green, interviewed by superstar graduate René Lorraine! Although this session was sadly cut short, it’s full of fantastic info on mentoring, the necessity for authenticity in your work, and working with actors.
On Thursday, we dropped two of our most sought-after recordings so far this semester – Screenwriter Allan Scott (The Queen’s Gambit), plus Sally Wainwright and Producer Faith Penhale, who have been working together on the fabulous BBC series, Gentleman Jack.
In late 2020, The Queen’s Gambit hit our screens, and all over the world, viewers found themselves obsessed with the trials and tribulations of Beth Harmon, as she juggled world championships of chess alongside addiction and loss. We KNEW that we had to get Allan Scott to speak to our students, so back in January, we kicked off our 2021 Masterclass schedule with the man himself!
Sally Wainwright is arguably one of the most prolific Screenwriters of recent times, having written hundreds of hours of award-winning television. We got to hear all about Sally’s process, as well as her working relationship with Producer Faith Penhale, on their series Gentleman Jack. Faith is currently CEO of Lookout Point, having previously headed up BBC Wales Drama during its Sherlock era.
And finally, we couldn’t let our students break for Easter without releasing Noel Clarke and Rose Glass’ Masterclasses!
We were so excited to invite Noel Clarke to join us for a Student Takeover earlier on in March, and we loved hearing all of your questions for him. It was great to be able to hear his route into the industry, starting out as an actor, then writing and directing scripts that mirrored the world around him, such as The Hood Trilogy and his Sky series Bulletproof with Ashley Walters.
Rose had a different start to the industry – having gone from self-shooting Harry Potter spoofs as a child, to graduating from NFTS, Rose knew that she wanted to be a Director of features, she just wasn’t sure how she’d get the funding. Eventually, through many applications, ups and downs, her debut feature Saint Maud was funded by Film4 and the BFI. Since then, Rose and Saint Maud have won some fantastic awards, including Best Cinematography and the Douglas Hickox Award at the 2021 BIFA Ceremony.
A massive thank you to everyone who has been involved in our 2021 Masterclasses so far. We’ve got lots of exciting sessions coming up for our applicants, students and Alumni after Easter, so make sure to check the Screen and Film Connect Events board so you can stay up-to-date!