The Film Director Prepares is a two day seminar originally created for the London Film School’s Short Course Programme in 2014 where it’s held 2-3 times per year. It is aimed at prospective filmmakers with or without previous filmmaking experience; intent on making a particular film, or entering the film industry, or just applying to film school.
The seminar is a step-by-step outline, or road map, for the entire preparation process. It is as relevant for producers and any other craft skill practitioner as it is for directors, because it deals with the filmmaking process holistically. The role of the director is seen as central to the filmmaking process, but it also connects intimately with a large number of other creative, craft, and organisational roles.
The course takes a very practical approach. Participants will study a screenplay which has already been produced for television, and we work our way through each step of the preparation as outlined below. We’ll conclude by watching the finished film and asking what could have been done differently – or better.
Named Cultural Personality of the Year at The Stockholm Cultural Awards in 2011, Jonas is a Swedish film director, writer and producer living in London since 1988.
He won the BAFTA Film Award for best short film with Artisten (The Artist) and was nominated for the same award with Marooned starring Robert Carlyle.
He has made a name for himself making primetime British crime dramas directing episodes of Hamish Macbeth, Silent Witness and Second Sight starring Clive Owen, Hope & Glory with Sir Lenny Henry, The Hello Girls and many others. He was also a principal contributor to ITV’s Heartbeat, directing 30 episodes.
Invited back to Sweden he has directed two Wallander films: The Tricksters and The Photographer, and the tv-series Radio Shadow and The Commission. He won the prestigious job of adapting and directing Camilla Läckberg best-selling novels and Isprinsessan (The Ice Princess) and Predikanten (The Preacher) for television.
In the last year he has completed two short films, mentored 15 directors and writers making features and short films at the Met Film School and the London Film School, run his FIRST FILM SUMMER SCHOOL with students from all over the world, and guest lectured at Goldsmith’s and The National Film & Television School.
For complete list of credits and awards please visit his webpage: www.jonasgrimas.com
DAY ONE – Saturday 18 January, 10:00-18:00
1. The role of the Director
Definition and clarification
2. The Script
How to read a script
The narrative perspective and what the story is about
3. The Project
Should I pick this project or not?
How to balance money / career / personal interest
4. The Producer
The role of the producer
How to find one
How to create a working relationship
5. Heads of Departments
The process of putting together a crew
What do people actually do and who ’makes’ the film?
6. Forming your vision
’The honeymoon period’ – Making the film in your mind
7. Working with the Writer
How does the re-writing process work?
The five point rule: Character; Action; Story; Plot; Script
The three key words: Vision; Integrity; Respect
Plotting and picking your locations
Studio or Location -advantages and disadvantages
9. Round- up and question time
DAY TWO – Sunday 19 January, 10:00-18:00
10. Presentation of ’homework’
11. Working out a Visual Style
Finding your own language
12. The Beat
Action beats, Emotional beats, Story beats
13. Planning your shots
Why do you plan them?
Floor plans, shot lists and storyboards
Making use of digital tools
Preparing with a casting director
How to conduct a casting session
What to look for in your cast
15 The Technical Recce
Who is it for, and how can you make the most of it?
16. The read-through
How to prepare
Do’s and don’ts at the read-through
17. Rehearsing the actors
18. The night before the shoot
19. The morning of the first day of the shoot
The workshop will conclude with a screening of the finished film, followed by discussion and general question time.
“The way Jonas teaches makes it clear that you could not have acquired the information otherwise. He is a truly remarkable and inspiring teacher. I have learned more about film-making in only two days than in the past 2 years of shooting on different sets.”
“The two days were incredibly well structured. Basing the sessions around a script that has been produced was a very effective way of demonstrating Jonas’ approach as well as highlighting the principles of film making.”
“Jonas is good at making the complex process of filmmaking simpler by telling you what you should focus on, which is a true sign of someone who understands his craft and can pass it on in usable terms.”
“The workshop was brilliant and very motivational - it met and surpassed my expectations and I would recommend it to others.”
“Jonas is a genius. The first hour had paid for the class itself. Thank you so much! Jonas was generous, honest and went through in just enough detail that you got a really good understanding of each process, the casting part was brilliant and all film school students should learn this”
“The workshop was fantastic! Jonas is an outstanding film professional; truly dedicated to what he does. More over he’s an incredible communicator and teacher. He used clear instructions and great examples and anecdotes to facilitate his workshop, answered everyones’ question and covered over and above what was on the schedule.”
|Name of the course:||The Film Director Prepares|
|Extent:||2 days, 16 hours|
|Period:||January 18-19, 2020
|Last application:||January 7th, 2020|
|Tuition fee:||2.500 SEK|
|Location:||Karusellplan 13, Hägersten
(Stockholm Film School)
Registration to participate in the Film School’s seminar The Film Director Prepares shall be made through the form above and be provided to the school at the given date of deadline.
Applicants who are admitted to the course will be notified by email to the address submitted in the application.
Upon completion of the seminar/course, a course certificate will be issued to the participants.
Total course fee is 2.500 SEK.
After the registration to the course The Film Director Prepares via the form above, you accept the place by paying the course fee of 2.500 SEK (invoiced with admission notice with due date 7 days ahead).
Your place at the course is not definite until the payment of the course fee has reached us.
The course fee is invoiced to the participant after applying. In the event of non-payment by the due date of the invoice, the participant is not guaranteed a place at the course, and the vacancy will be offered to another participant.
The course fee is non-refundable. If a participant needs to cancel their participation in the course due to medical reasons, and can present a medical certificate confirming this, a 90% of the course fee will be refunded (10% of course fee will be charged for administration).