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  EXTREME FILM PRO DAY Kendal Mountain Film Festival


The Theatre, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria.
Tickets £25 or £10 for students
phone 01539 725133

9 am
Registration and Introduction
Brian Hall – director of the Festival, mountain guide and film safety
officer.

9.15 am 
Analysis of the Extreme Film School.
Led by Graham Hoyland (BBC producer / director, Everest summiteer) & Film Festival Judges: Piers Handling (Director Toronto Film Festival), George Band (renowned mountaineer), Margaret Wicks (Film producer and editor), Louise Thomas (top woman climber & TV presenter), Valeriana Rosso (Director-
Cervino Film Festival).
* The five 2 minute shorts will be screened. In the format of 3 minute introduction by the film maker, film shown. 3 minute analysis of the film.
* Discussion of the films with the audience.
* Feedback from the Extreme Film School attendees on the course. Plus major problems (technical or otherwise raised and discussed)

10.45
* Camera formats for extreme filming. Suitability vs budget including mini dv, dv cam, digi beta, Hi Def & film.
With Neil Thompson of Sony Broadcast - He is a very knowledgeable with regards to technical ins and out of all camera formats and has a strong technical back-ground, but is also a great communicator. (Courtesy of Visual Impact)
* Camera use and protection in extreme environments.
Keith Partridge – probably the most experienced climbing cameraman in the UK. Also adventure camera and soundman on dozens of TV docs and recently second unit cameraman on Touching the Void.
* Accessories & lighting. Make the difference in adventure filming – tripods, mounts, tracking, helmet cams & batteries. Presented by David Phillips from Visual Impact (supplier of broadcast
and professional video equipment) - using all the feedback Dave has had over the years from various camera operators and their work in difficult and varied situations he will assess the a wide variety of equipment.

1.30 pm   
* Sound recording in difficult environments.
Discussions led by James Butler – an experienced soundman, covering documentaries, video and film dramas, commercials, corporates etc. In addition James is an editor and therefore has a good understanding of the requirements of sound beyond location work. (Courtesy of Visual Impact)
* Making a successful adventure film -story board and narrative. Richard Else director of Triple Echo Productions and Professor of Media Production at the University of Teesside. He is one of the most successful adventure documentary filmmakers. Richard was instrumental in leading early developments in desktop editing - making prime time television using Apple's Final Cut Pro system. However, he believes many potentially good adventure films are marred by a lack of coherent narrative and structure and he will be focusing on these aspects of filming in his workshop, using examples of previous work.
* The making of Touching the Void. Production problem solving. John Smithson from Darlow Smithson is producer of the forthcoming feature film “Touching the Void” He (and his company) have a track record second to none in television documentary production. John will show a clip from the film and describe the production issues in filming in such difficult environments.

3.15 pm
* Getting films on TV  Mark Dyson – Executive Producer of Raw Material Production Ltd who are currently making 52 adventure and exploration films for National Geographic Channel International.
* Legal problems in film industry - setting up companies, negotiating rights to material. With Media Business Advisor Jude Bell  & Ian Sampson from Media Lawyers Addleshaw Goddard. (Sponsored by media Training North West)
* Health & Safety and Risk Assessment in extreme environments. Annie Black is an experience Health & Safety in the film industry and Brian Hall (from High Exposure) has worked as a mountain guide, safety expert and rigger on many docs a features involving climbing, skiing and ice / cold environments. (Sponsored by media Training North West)


Extra thanks must be given to Graham Hoyland for the concept and Lynne McCadden and Ruth Schofield of MTNW for their support and
encouragement.







 

 

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