First Film Summer School

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First Film Summer School

Date: (awaiting dates)

Duration: 2 weeks
Times: Approx. 10am-6pm
Capacity: Max. 12 participants
Fee: £3,750  Fee is payable in two installments
Priority for this course will be given to applicants aged 18-22 years. More info.

If you've always wanted to make a film, but haven’t known where to start, our First Film Summer School with Jonas Grimås will give you the tools to create your very own masterpiece.

Launched in 2015, this 2-week summer intensive will teach you everything from developing your ideas into a script to working with other filmmakers to shoot and edit your story.

You'll discover how professional filmmakers work with actors to create clear and consistent characterisation. You will be immersed in hands on production exercises, and finally, you will write and direct your own film - all in just thirteen days

Aimed at those with little or no practical filmmaking experience, this programme complements our Directing Summer School with Udayan Prasad for more experienced filmmakers.

Please note: Those who complete and submit an application by the early application deadline will receive priority for a place. We will continue to accept applications after the initial application deadline. Offers to subsequent candidates will be made subject to availability.

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Above: Watch the 2018 First Film Summer School participants during one of their shoots
Credits: Chi Yu (Director & Editor); Barbara van Schaik (Director of Photography)

Tutor profile: Jonas Grimås, Director

Named Cultural Personality of the Year by the Stockholm Cultural Award in 2011, Jonas has been based in London since 1988 where he has has worked on a number of British crime dramas, including HAMISH MACBETH with Robert Carlyle, SILENT WITNESS and SECOND SIGHT: KINGDOM OF THE BLIND starring Clive Owen, HOPE AND GLORY with Lenny Henry and THE HELLO GIRLS for the BBC. He was also a regular contributor to ITV’s HEARTBEAT having directed thirty episodes.

Jonas won the BAFTA Film Award for best short film with ARTISTEN (The Artist). He was also nominated for best short film with MAROONED.

Having worked on British crime dramas, Jonas also took on a string of Swedish productions including the infamous WALLANDER films based on Henning Mankell’s novels. He directed two Wallander films, THE TRICKSTERS and THE PHOTOGRAPHER, before taking on the high profile job of turning Camilla Läckberg’s best-selling novels ISPRINSESSAN (The Ice Princess) and PREDIKANTEN (The Preacher) into television.

Jonas recently completed MIKE THE MIDWIFE, a comedy pilot for Channel Four, IGNOBLE NIGHT, based on Shakespeare’s play Cymbeline, LOVE AND LUST ACCORDING TO MEISNER and a string of observational documentaries: 300, FAKING IT, ELGAR'S TROMBONE, A SHOT OF GLASS, DELPHINE'S TOP and PAINTING EURYDICE. He has also transferred the stage plays LOCKED UP and FORE! and a concert performance of Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE to the screen and, since 2008, made 120 short films under the title MY UNEVENTFUL LIFE.

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