Met Film School has welcomed a variety of guests to talk to our students, from industry leaders to past alumni who have gone on to find success since leaving the school.
Here are just a few from this past year.
David Yates: Director The Way We Live Now, State of Play, Sex Traffic, the final four films in the Harry Potter series.
Met Film School students were treated to a one-off Masterclass from prolific British film director David Yates. During the session Yates discussed his varied and acclaimed career in both the television and film industries and gave students an insight into his own time spent at film school and his subsequent experiences working in the industry.
The session allowed Met Film School students a chance to put their questions to Yates, who offered advice to those about to embark on their first feature film and those students preparing to shoot their own short films.
John Landis: Director of Blues Brothers, Burke and Hare, An American Werewolf in London
Legendary director John Landis came to visit the school to test-screen his latest project, Burke and Hare, for an audience of Met Film School students. Landis also took part in a Q&A session after the screening that examined his extensive career in the film industry.
Asif Kapadia: Director
BAFTA winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia is known for his visually striking films exploring characters living in timeless, extreme and unforgiving landscapes. Not only garnering acclaim for his fiction films such as The Warrior and Far North, Kapadia has recently had great success with feature documentary Senna, and shared his experiences with our students.
Kirk Jones: Writer and Director of Everybody’s Fine and Nanny McPhee.
Kirk Jones took part in an evening masterclass session that followed a screening of his 2009 film Everybody’s Fine. The session covered Jones’ experience as a director working his way up in the industry, from his award-winning work in advertising, to recent feature projects that include his hugely successful feature debut Waking Ned.
Sandy Lieberson: Producer Jabberwocky.
Outgoing chair of Film London, former vice president of International Pictures and Marketing and later president of Production at 20th Century Fox
Sandy Lieberson took part in a Q&A session with students, offering insight into the business side of the industry and the workings of an international production company.
John Fletcher: MD of Distribution, Pathe UK
John Fletcher took part in a Q&A session, led by Met Film School Director Jonny Persey. The session focused on the distribution process and the considerations of a distribution company when marketing a feature project, in particular examining Pathe’s success with the multi-award winning Slumdog Millionaire.
Nick Whitfield: BAFTA-nominated Writer/ Director of award-winning British film, Skeletons.
Kate Myers: Producer, Forward Films
Rachel Tunnard: Editor
Skeletons was the sleeper hit of the 2010 festival circuit and garnered rave critical reviews and acclaim for first time writer/ director Nick Whitfield. The film was developed from a short film concept into a feature project and Nick Whitfield led a masterclass session, alongside the film’s producer Kate Myers and editor Rachel Tunnard. The project made an ideal case study for Met Film School students currently developing their own short film projects.
Julia Short: MD of Verve Pictures
As Managing Director of independent UK distribution company Verve Pictures, Julia Short headed-up a masterclass that focused on distribution in the UK and independent markets. Verve Pictures' distribution list includes Lars and the Real Girl, critically-acclaimed The Arbor and Dogtooth.
David Shear: Head Of Theatrical Distribution, Revolver Entertainment
Justin Marciano: CEO, Revolver Entertainment
Revolver Entertainment is an award-winning distribution company with offices in the both UK and America. In 2010 Revolver released Met Film’s The Infidel starring Omid Djalili and written by David Baddiel. David Shear and Justin Marciano took part in a distribution and marketing focused masterclass, offering students a valuable insight into making a commercially viable film project.
Aschlin Ditta: BAFTA-Nominated writer of French Film.
To coincide with it’s February 2011 DVD release, Aschlin Ditta took part in a masterclass focusing on French Film, the Met Film release starting Hugh Bonneville, Eric Cantona and Anne-Marie Duff. The session was led by Met Film’s Head of Production Stewart Le Marechal.
Dean Craig: Writer of Death at a Funeral
Feature film Death At A Funeral benefitted from the unusual experience of being made and released in the UK and remade for an American audience in the US. Writer Dean Craig visited the Met Film School to talk about his experience as a writer working in the industry and the process of rewriting for the American marketplace.
Philip Robertson: Zephyr Films
Zephyr Films visited the Met Film School to test-screen their latest feature film project and take part in a Q&A session with students. Zephyr Films credits include The Academy-Award nominated The Last Station, Hannibal Rising and Death Defying Acts. The masterclass offered students the chance to see a feature film in the final stages of post-production and gain an insight into the decisions made by producers when determining the best audience for their project.
Serena Cullen: Producer
Serena Cullen produced the hit web series Sofia’s Diary and took part in a Met Film School workshop designed to let students pitch their own online series ideas. The session offered insight into the digital distribution platform and what makes a great teen-series.
Chris Morris: Satirist, Writer, Director & Actor
Chris Morris is best known for creating and starring in the groundbreaking spoof news and current affairs television programmes The Day Todayand Brass Eye.
Chris, along with Producer Derrin Schlesinger (The IT Crowd & Peep Show), screened his critically acclaimed debut feature film Four Lions and took part in a Q&A session with our MA in Filmmaking students on the first day of the Drama Production Unit.