Workshop Tutors

Tutor profile: Aasaf Ainapore, Director

Aasaf Ainapore's workshops at LFS

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Aasaf is a multiple award-winning director of branded online content, TV commercials and short films with twenty years of experience. He has also developed feature film projects and television shows for US studios, British production companies and broadcasters including the BBC and ITV and Pathe.  Aasaf is a visiting lecturer in directing at the Met Film School and also up skills professional directors moving from broadcast to branded content and commercials at DV Talent. Aasaf has also consulted on the creation of series-based content across the Telegraph Media Group.

Tutor profile: Alison Norrington, Writer/Producer

Alison Norrington is a writer/producer, CEO, Founder & Chief Creative Director of storycentral, a London-based entertainment studio that incubates and develops ground-breaking transmedia properties with global partners in film, television, publishing and gaming.

Alison and her team are working with filmmakers, writers, publishers, broadcasters, storytellers and technology start ups globally on incubating new franchises, participative experiences, production, story architecture, mythology and planning, prototyping, audience development & engagement and utilizing social media.

Alison is a best-selling novelist, playwright and screenwriter with a Masters Degree in Creative Writing & New Media and a PhD researcher. Over her 20-year career she has worked with and consulted to AMC, SundanceTV, Walt Disney Imagineering, FOX International, Harlequin Mills & Boon, McCann, Coca Cola, F&W Media, Eurovision Broadcasting Union, Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, First Hand Films. She is currently writing and producing a web-series with LA partners and working with emerging film-makers in Sweden.

Alison is writer and producer of webseries THE LOEDOWN, author of 3 bestselling novels – CLASS ACT, LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP and THREE OF A KIND and creator of the first transmedia romcom STAYING SINGLE.  She has also written plays A FISH & A BONSAI and PISTOLS AT DAWN.

Alison is the European Academy (EBU) Eurovision Transmedia Masterclass trainer and runs workshops, training programs and labs worldwide. She is a judge for a series of global media festivals including Banff World Media Festival, Canada Media Fund, Publishing Innovation Awards and Independent Production Fund (Canada) and Digital Emmy Awards.

Alison was Conference Chair for StoryWorld Conference & Expo in Los Angeles, is a TEDx speaker and has presented at a number of conferences including Digital Book World, London Book Fair, Asia Media Summit, Eurovision TV Summit, London Screenwriters Festival and Story Expo LA, tapping her expertise in building transmedia properties and digital content for commercial and niche audiences.

She is featured on the BAFTA Guru series and is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, The Writers Guild of Great Britain, Women in Film & TV and the Romantic Novelists Association.

Tutor profile: Andrew Speller, GBCT. ACO, Cinematographer

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Andrew Speller is an experienced Cinematographer and Camera Operator with a professional career in the Film industry of over 30 years. An early passion for drawn, painted, photographed, static or moving images, developed into filmmaking.

Documentary experience shaped an intuitive awareness of being able to read situations as they evolved, to find the shots that supported the emotion and an ability to get the camera to where it should be to tell the story, readily transferred to narrative filmmaking in TV Drama and Features.

Andrew’s experience of working with high profile Directors and DP’s in both Film and Digital formats, informs his approach to teaching Cinematography.

In 2008 Andrew joined the prestigious London Film School as a Senior Lecturer in Cinematography. Now as a visiting lecturer Andrew teaches at several other film schools in the UK and EU.

Tutor profile: Carl Schoenfeld

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Carl has over three decades’ producing experience in the film and TV industries, where he developed innovative approaches across filmmaking, financing, talent development and education. His ventures with the BBC, Channel4/Film4, Medienboard Berlin, and the BFI have embraced emerging technology, explored new workflows and kick-started the international careers of the talent involved. Carl produced My Brother Tom (starring an unknown Ben Whishaw), developed the third series ‘mother of all boxed sets’ Heimat with German auteur Edgar Reitz, and set up the Raindance production arm, Raindance Rawtalent. He co-produced Simon Rumley’s international breakout feature The Living and the Dead, and is now developing feature films with him. Drawing on his film industry experience, he has been invited to speak at festivals, and film schools across Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. He is a BAFTA voting member and consultant producer at Swiss film production intelligence start-up Carl runs training for the British Film Institute, Screen Ireland, Goethe Institute, mentors at the Islands of Fiction Mallorca writing retreat and teaches at the University of Oxford. Student credits include Homeland, Blade Runner 2049 and The Mandalorian, work has screened on the BBC, Netflix, theatrical release in the UK, US and Germany as well as in many international film festivals including Cannes and Berlin.

Tutor profile: Chi Yu, Writer/Director & Film Lecturer

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Chi Yu is a Writer/ Director who graduated with a MA in Filmmaking at the prestigious London Film School in 2013. He was mentored by UK Producer Margaret Matheson in his final year. He was funded by Film London's London Calling and London Calling Plus Schemes and has had films shown at festivals in the UK and Ireland. He has been part of the BAFTA Crew scheme and has devised and taught courses for LFS's Outreach Department. He also mentored at Iconic Steps. Chi currently teaches Editing at London Film School, and sees himself as a sole-practitioner of filmmaking with all-round filmmaking skills. 

Tutor profile: Claire Russell

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Claire has worked in the film and television industry for over 25 years, starting with Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles in the ‘90s. She transferred back to London and became Development Executive for the new UK Disney Channel, working on award-winning children’s programmes, including a comedy drama penned by Mark Haddon. She then moved to CBBC, where she developed teen dramas such as CAVEGIRL with Danny Peacock. 

Following this, she relocated to the north as BBC Scotland started up the indigenous soap RIVER CITY. Claire then moved to Scottish Television as Development Executive, developing and script editing REBUS starring Ken Stott.

Claire produced two dramas for World Producers (makers of LINE OF DUTY) for C4 and Sky and most recently produced HOLBY CITY and script editing FATHER BROWN. She has been working with three upcoming writers as part of the prestigious C4 Screenwriting Scheme 2023.

Tutor profile: Dan Clifton

Dan Clifton is an award-winning writer and director working across documentary and fiction, often on projects at the intersection of the two genres.

Recent work includes feature documentary THE CONSPIRACY: ASSASSINATION IN BEIRUT; and sci-fi short TRIGGER.CHARLIE.ONE, featuring David Morrissey.  KILLING OF LEBANON. Docu drama work includes true crime series WEB OF LIES; history box set CIVILISATION; and STEPHEN HAWKING’S UNIVERSE. He previously directed award-winning shorts PATIENT 39, an adaptation of a William Boyd short story; and mathematical thriller THE CALCULUS OF LOVE.

Dan began his career as a journalist on ITN’s Channel Four News, where he worked as Political Producer before moving into documentaries. He was previously Chair of the Federation of European Film Directors (2015-2019)

Dan began his career as a journalist on ITN’s Channel Four News, where he worked as Political Producer before moving into documentaries. He was previously Chair of the Federation of European Film Directors (2015-2019).

Tutor profile: David McHenry, Production Designer / Art Director

David McHenry has over 35 years' experience in film and television as a production designer, art director and draughtsman. His TV credits are extensive and include Neil Gaiman's THE SANDMAN, OUTLANDER, BLACK SAILS, Peter Kosminsky's THE STATE, INSPECTOR MORSE and GAME OF THRONES. His work in feature films includes LOVE AND DEATH ON LONG ISLAND, JACKBOOTS ON WHITEHALL, JOHN WICK 3, DREDD, RUSH and Ridley Scott's upcoming Napoleon Bonaparte epic. 

Drawing the Line, Technical Hand Drafting for Film  and Television
David McHenry has compiled his knowledge into an essential resource for aspiring professionals studying and working in film and TV design. The book covers all aspects of scenic drafting by hand – a technique still used because of its unparalleled emotive and aesthetic qualities. Order your copy on Amazon!

Tutor profile: Fiona Howe, Producer/Screenwriter/Consultant

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Fiona Howe is an experienced producer of feature films and television drama. She is joint Managing Director of Scenario Films, most recently producer of three award-nominated feature films – DESIRE, DELIGHT and DELIRIUM – collectively known as The D-Trilogy. As Programme Director of BABYLON, Scenario’s development initiative for film writers, directors and producers from diverse backgrounds, she has kickstarted the careers of over a hundred emerging filmmakers across the UK and continental Europe.

Prior to founding Scenario, Fiona worked for many years in TV and film production management at the BBC, as a script editor and development producer at ITV, and as a script writer for German, French and British television before focusing on feature film production. Credits include Medics for ITV/Granada, original format and 13 hours of RTL weekly drama series Sonntags Geöffnet/Open Sundays; TV Movies Un Cadeau la Vie/The Gift of Life (FR2) and Nicht Ohne Dich/Not Without You (ZDF). She is currently producing SHE DANCED, a film based on her recently published novel, Gareth Jones’ original screenplay DEAD MEN’S MUSIC, and BABUR – DEFIER OF DESTINY, a co-production between Scenario and Maya Movies, Mumbai on which is the executive producer.

Tutor profile: Fleur Whitlock, Production Designer & Art Director

Fleur Whitlock is an art director and production designer with over 30 years' experience at all levels of the film and TV industry. Her most recent credits include THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD, EPISODES, and the Channel 4 drama ADULT MATERIAL. She has also worked on a host of well-respected TV series such as INSPECTOR MORSE, LOVE HURTS, KAVANAGH QC, THE LAKES, RUTH RENDELL MYSTERIES and POIROT. She designed over 40 episodes of the popular police series THE BILL.

Fleur has worked around the world on a variety of productions including the BBC drama documentary series DISCOVERING ANCIENT EGYPT filmed entirely on location in Egypt and KROD MANDOON & THE FLAMING SWORD OF FIRE shot in Budapest for Comedy Central. Perhaps her most challenging foreign assignment was to design a domestically produced soap opera in Kazakhstan (PEREKRESTOK) modelled on the BBC’s ‘EastEnders’!

Her feature film experience is extensive and includes such diverse productions as CHURCHILL: THE HOLLYWOOD YEARS directed by Comic Strip creator Peter Richardson, LOVE & DEATH ON LONG ISLAND (starring John Hurt & Jason Priestly), an adaptation of HEIDI (starring Max von Sydow) shot in Slovenia and the epic 10,000BC directed by Roland Emmerich filmed in South Africa and Namibia. As Supervising Art Director on THE LIBERTINE (starring Jonny Depp, Samantha Morton and John Malkovich) she was responsible for the recreation of a 17th Century Restoration theatre and many period sets on location.

In recent years, Fleur has collaborated with Grenville Horner on adaptations of OLIVER TWIST and WUTHERING HEIGHTS for the BBC directed by Coky Giedroyc; comedy series REV and EPISODES (starring Matt Le Blanc); drama series JEKYLL written by Stephen Moffat and Kay Mellor’s contemporary drama THE SYNDICATE. Fleur and Grenville co-designed HARRY HILL: THE MOVIE, a surreal and anarchic road trip with comedian Harry Hill and his pet hamster...

Other projects couldn’t be more varied: a pilot for AMC about an 18th Century surgeon (KNIFEMAN), a feature length drama for BBC about the televising of the trial of Adolf Eichmann in 1961 (THE EICHMANN SHOW), the dramatised biography of comedian Lenny Henry set in 1970s Birmingham (DANNY & THE HUMAN ZOO) and the two-part original drama MAN IN AN ORANGE SHIRT scripted by novelist Patrick Gale. Most recently, she designed the Gaelic language drama BANNAN for BBC Alba.

Fleur regularly runs Production Design modules at the London Film School and has taught technical drawing at Wimbledon School of Art. In 2014, she was one of the ‘experts’ taking part in the first Art Department Masterclass workshops held in Vilnius, Lithuania.