Welsh Broadcasting Trust

film coordinator on a humanitarian aid expedition

In January 2018, I was the film coordinator on a humanitarian aid and wildlife conservation expedition to Kenya, championed by the Scientific Exploration Society and led by renewed explorer Colonel Blashford-Snell (OBE). The expedition collaborated with Mt Kenya Trust and El Karama Conservancy to administer dental and medical aid, distribute reading glasses & schools books and to research further into human/wildlife conflict in the area.

Filming the expedition and working as film coordinator was challenging at times, but enjoyable. There were certainly a lot of people and cameras to help and assist and I was really impressed with what people produced. 

The main technical challenge, I personally faced on the expedition, was charging batteries and having to be constantly aware of where my next power source would be. I experienced solar power packs not working, extension cables packing up and an influx of people using generators, which just destroyed my batteries. I had to take a risk and conserve my batteries, only using my camera at the most vital parts of the expedition until I could get to a larger power source. I also managed to lose my lens cap whilst at the school and have no doubt that it will become a special memento to a child!

Other challenges included, working with the natural light, filming in the dark and staying as still as possible, especially on the safari trucks and trekking through the mountains!

Despite these challenges, I am pleased to say that there is some excellent footage and I am now in the process of editing it. 

This expedition was all about team work and using everyone’s skills and abilities together. I got the opportunity to use new equipment, meet new people, and assist in finding solutions to human/wildlife conflict and change people’s lives for the better. I was privileged to have the opportunity to go be offered this career changing opportunity, without the funding and support of the Welsh Broadcasting Trust, I would not have been able to go. So, I say a huge thank you for helping support me. I am extremely grateful your kindness and believing in me.

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Charlotte Austwick 2

Cinema Jam/NFTS short course ‘How To Be A Successful Producer’

I attended the Cinema Jam/NFTS short course ‘How To Be A Successful
Producer” at Tileyard Studios, King’s Cross in October 2017. The course
was an informal seminar based 2 day event by prolific producer, Stephen
Woolley (The Crying Game, Interview With A Vampire, Carol) based on
his 35 years’ experience as a film producer. Stephen took us through
each stage of film-making: Development; Finance; Shoot; Post-Production;
Sales & Marketing, in an ordered, but informal manner, pointing out that
each of these overlap and affect one another implicitly. Stephen added
much needed colour to proceedings by relaying personal anecdotes on each
part on films that most of us knew.
I loved Stephen’s open and reasonable manner. He was very candid and
indeed encouraged us to ask questions on each matter as they occurred to
us.
interested in his ideas on Development and Finance, which he made very
simple, even though it seems very complex. He also took the frighteners
out of certain aspects of producing that have always put me off doing
so. It was interesting to hear his views on the EIS/SEIS schemes and how
they relate to his productions. I would certainly
recommend this course to anyone wanting to get a better insight into
high end cinematic film-making. I am applying this model to
my new company’s development strand, and hopefully it will work as well
as Stephen’s own model for his films.

Cwrs Sinema Jam / NFTS ar ‘sut fod yn gynhyrchydd llwyddiannus’

Mynychais gwrs Sinema Jam / NFTS ar ‘sut fod yn gynhyrchydd llwyddiannus’ yn stiwdio Tileyard, Kings Cross, Llundain ym mis Hydref 2017. Roedd y cwrs ar ffurf seminar yng nghwmni’r cynhyrchydd Stephen Woolley (The Crying Game, Interview With A Vampire, Carol) ac wedi ei seilio ar 35 mlynedd o brofiad cynhyrchu ffilmiau. Arweiniodd e ni drwy bob cam o gynhyrchu ffilm: datblygu; ariannu; ffilmio; ôl-gynhyrchu; gwerthu a marchnata , gan ddenu’n sylw at sut roedd yr elfennau yma’n gorgyffwrdd ac yn effeithio ar ei gilydd. Roedd y seminar yn hwyliog, gyda Stephen yn rhannu storiâu difyr oedd yn berthnasol i’r camau yma.

Roedd arddull sgyrsiol, agored Stephen yn apelgar ac roedd yn annog ni fel mynychwyr y cwrs i holi cwestiynau. Fy mhrif ddiddordeb oedd dysgu mwy am ddatblygu ac ariannu ffilmiau. Llwyddodd i esbonio’r broses gymhleth yma mewn ffordd syml, ddealladwy. Roedd gen i ddiddordeb clywed ei farn ar gynlluniau EIS/SEIS a sut roedden nhw’n gweithio yng nghyd-destun ei ffilmiau e. Buaswn yn hyderus y cynnig ei gwrs e i bobl sy’ â diddordeb dysgu mwy am sut i gynhyrchu ffilm sinematig.Dw i wrthi’n gweithredu ei fodel gwaith i ochr fraich ‘datblygu’ fy nghwmni newydd, gan obeithio y bydd mor llwyddiannus â model gwaith ffilmiau Stephen.

Cinema Jam/NFTS How to be a successful producer

I attended the Cinema Jam/NFTS short course ‘How To Be A Successful
Producer” at Tileyard Studios, King’s Cross in October 2017. The course
was an informal seminar based 2 day event by prolific producer, Stephen
Woolley (The Crying Game, Interview With A Vampire, Carol) based on
his 35 years’ experience as a film producer. Stephen took us through
each stage of film-making: Development; Finance; Shoot; Post-Production;
Sales & Marketing, in an ordered, but informal manner, pointing out that
each of these overlap and affect one another implicitly. Stephen added
much needed colour to proceedings by relaying personal anecdotes on each
part on films that most of us knew.
I loved Stephen’s open and reasonable manner. He was very candid and
indeed encouraged us to ask questions on each matter as they occurred to
us.
interested in his ideas on Development and Finance, which he made very
simple, even though it seems very complex. He also took the frighteners
out of certain aspects of producing that have always put me off doing
so. It was interesting to hear his views on the EIS/SEIS schemes and how
they relate to his productions. I would certainly
recommend this course to anyone wanting to get a better insight into
high end cinematic film-making. I am applying this model to
my new company’s development strand, and hopefully it will work as well
as Stephen’s own model for his films.

M J McMahon, The Man from Mo’Wax SXSW Report

The Welsh Broadcast Trust was instrumental in enabling me to travel out to this year’s SXSW in Austin, Texas to support the film I’m producing – The Man from Mo’Wax.

SXSW is one of the largest and most respected festivals in the world. It pulls together music, film and the interactive industries selecting what they feel is the best in each area to screen and take part in their prestigious festival.

The festival received 2,458 feature film submissions this year and only 140 of them were selected, one of which was The Man from Mo’Wax

The festival took place between 11th March to the 20th March 2016. The Man from Mo’Wax screened three times across the festival. I was able to attend all three screenings with my fellow colleagues, Director – Matthew Jones, fellow Producer Brian A.Hoffman, Editor – Alec Rossiter, and Archive Researcher – Lee Holmes.

Once we’d been selected by SXSW we were able to apply for the BFI completion funding as part of the criteria is for this BFI funding is you have to be selected by one of 21 festivals from around the world SXSW being one of them. Thankfully several weeks later we were able to secure this completion funding which in turn helped us complete the film.

The film will also be shown at the following festivals:

Nashville Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
BFI London Film Festival

The BBC saw the film and have said they would like to broadcast the film next year on their music through the ages strand.

Rolling Stone magazine listed us in their top 25 of the festival.

The Independent placed the film in 6 films that caught their eye at the festival.
We received a really good review from Variety.

 

 

Michael McMahonSxSW sign