FILM TRAIN

SUPPORTING EMERGING FILM TALENT IN THE NORTHWEST

A web resource for emerging northwest based filmmakers moving towards feature production

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Here are three key professionals in the industry giving invaluable hints and tips

Sarah is a freelance script development executive working in feature films in the UK, France, and Germany. Working alongside companies such as Cinema Six, Ignition Films, Matador Pictures, Rainy Day Films, Potboiler Productions.  Sarah has been Head of Development for Skreba Films, Development Manager at Zenrith Entertainment and Script Consultant for Yorkshire Television, Pagoda Films and Fair Game Films. Features on which she has worked include Flying Blind, Lucky, Patagonia, Mad Sad and Bad, Kicks, Deep Water, The Edge of Love, The Escapist, Brothers of the Head and BAFTA nominated The Constant Gardener.  She has been a tutor on the MA Producing course at the National Film and Television School since 1998.

Col Spector started out in documentaries AT THE BBC, made an award-winning short starring a then-unknown Kiera Knightley and was signed up to direct commercials for Ridley Scott’s production company.  His first low budget feature as writer/director, ‘SOMEONE Else’ (2006), drew comparisons from critics to Woody Allen’s ‘Manhattan’, and his second feature ‘Honeymooner’, shot on a budget of £48,000 in 17 days, premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2010 and has enjoyed widespread festival success. BOTH FILMS WERE DISTRIBUTED BY SODA PICTURES AND BOUGHT BY THE BBC. Col currently teaches directing at the London Film Academy and RAINDANCE.  www.onetoonefilmschool.com 

Since establishing Wellington Films in 2000, Nottingham-based Al Clarke and partner Rachel Robey have produced five internationally successful and award-winning features, including the BAFTA nominated ‘London to Brighton’, which earned them the Best Achievement in Production award at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards and was named by Time Out London as one of the top 100 British films of all time. Their latest production, the feature documentary ‘A Man’s Story’, chronicles 12 years in the life of fashion icon Oswald Boetang and recently premiered at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival