THE FILM DIRECTOR PREPARES

A two day seminar about everything you need to know before you shout Action!
12-13 January, 2019





STOCKHOLM FILM SCHOOL WELCOMES LONDON BASED FILM DIRECTOR JONAS GRIMÅS TO STOCKHOLM FOR A TWO DAY SEMINAR IN FILMMAKING



ABOUT THE SEMINAR

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.




ABOUT JONAS GRIMÅS

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 and 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, 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 worls 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


THE TWO DAY PROGRAMME


DAY ONE – Saturday 12 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
Set pieces

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

8. Locations
Plotting and picking your locations
Studio or Location -advantages and disadvantages

9. Round- up and question time

DAY TWO DAY ONE – Sunday 13 January, 10:00-18:00

10. Presentation of ‘homework’

11. Working out a Visual Style
Genre expectations
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

14. Casting
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.



WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT THE SEMINAR


Name of the course:The Film Director Prepares
Level:Weekend workshop, intensive
Tempo:Weekend
Extent:2 days, 16 hours
Period:12 -13 January, 2019
10am-6pm
Last application:18 December, 2018
Language:English
Tuition fee:2500 SEK
Swedish student aid (CSN)?:No

PAYMENT

Payment of the seminar can be made by banktransfer or swish. Details about this will be sent to you in a confirmation e-mail. Your registrations is confirmed once we have received your payment.