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Directors tell all

The Directors tell all event had a panel of established Film Directors discussed their experiences in the industry and how to overcome the hurdles and challenges that are facing directors in Britain today.

Film Rebels – Directors Tell All from mark Kemp on Vimeo.

Topics of Discussion where:

– Breaking into the industry
– What skills are required to cut it as a director?
– Independent or commercial  which do you prefer and why?
– Advantages of assuming further roles then just as a director
– The constraints of a films budget and schedule and how to overcome it
– Keeping motivated, dedicated and committed in todays Film Industrys climate

The Panel

Johnny Kevorkian  Bio > 
He has made a number of ambitious shorts, co-wrote and co-produced his debut feature The Disappeared, a psychological horror thriller set on a London council estate, starring Harry Treadaway, Tom Felton, Greg Wise and Alex Jennings.

The Disappeared was released theatrically in the UK by Soda Pictures, attracting awards and critical acclaim: Kevorkian has mobilised a top-notch cast and his story delivers more than a few shivers (The Guardian); Johnny Kevorkian ratchets up the tension and successfully outcreeps M. Night Shyamalan (Evening Standard). IFC Films handled North America and also sold to numerous other territories. The Disappeared has also screened several times on Film4 in the UK.

Ross Boyask  Bio >
Is fast building a reputation for himself as one of Englands top action film directors. He has shot, edited and directed in excess of forty short films including the critically acclaimed martial arts action short Pure Vengeance which starred Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum, Undisputed II&III, The Expendables 2) and was praised by the critic Jonathan Ross who featured the film on his television show Stop! Kung Fu!

In 2004 Ross went on to shoot, edit and direct his first feature-length martial arts action film Left For Dead, which sold in nearly twenty territories including the USA, UK and France, before editing and directing the high-octane action thriller Ten Dead Men, which was released internationally in 2009, has been covered extensively by national and international magazines, television shows and websites, and has been very well received at film festivals including Phantasmagoria 2008. He is currently developing a slate of cutting edge genre film and television projects, including martial arts, science fiction and horror films in the US$3-10M range, and regularly works with worldclass stunt and martial arts talent. His 3rd Feature film Warrioress will be released in Japan in August 2013.

Martin Gooch  Bio >
After a degree in Film and Art, Gooch started work in the VFX Department on Judge Dredd.   Since then Gooch has worked on more than 200 productions from Harry Potter to East Enders and Robot Wars to Big Brother. He has filmed all over the world, from Sahara to swamp to Shepherds Bush. Hes been to see things, talked to them, filmed them and written about them.  Gooch is the only person in the world to have been a winner with BBC Talent two years running.

He has made about 20 short film things give or take a few, but he cant quite remember. Many of these short films have been screened at festivals across the globe.  Gooch directed the BAFTA winning and EMMY Nominated Spooks interactive (BBC/Kudos) and has directed Doctors (BBC1) and Hollyoaks (C4).  He has a Masters degree in screenwriting form LCC  The university of the Arts and has written fourteen feature films  one a year every year.  His debut feature film DEATH has been released in 2012.  And his adaptation Deathtrap Dungeon, based on the million selling fighting fantasy books is currently in Hollywood.

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