Workshop Tutors

Tutor profile: Emma Dobinson, Producer, Production Manager & Trainer

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With over 20 years media experience, Emma Dobinson is a versatile Producer, Production Manager and Trainer, one who has been responsible for developing and delivering successful film, TV, social media and live projects as well as training packages of value, quality and worth. 

Emma’s drama experience ranges from film to web to TV and clients include BBC, Channel 4, Discovery and Sky.  Emma has had the pleasure of working overseas in countries ranging from Canada, Mexico and Ghana to Finland, Bulgaria, Bangladesh and Indonesia. She has taught for the internationally renowned London Film School as well as for Goldsmiths - University of London, the National Film & Television School, Channel 4 and the BBC.
Emma enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others and looks forward to collaborating with attendees to aid them in getting the best out of their own drama projects.

Tutor profile: Fleur Whitlock, Production Designer & Art Director

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Fleur Whitlock is an art director and production designer with nearly thirty years experience at all levels of the film and TV industry including some 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...

Her recent projects couldn’t be more different: 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 just completed two-part original drama MAN IN AN ORANGE SHIRT scripted by novelist Patrick Gale.

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.

Tutor profile: Gustavo Costantini, Editor & Sound Designer

Gustavo Costantini, Michel Chion's disciple, is an Argentinian sound designer and editor, and also a musician, working on feature films, documentaries, theatre and sound installations and video art. Researcher and Professor of Sound and Editing at the University of Buenos Aires, University of Cinema, and at the National University Institute for the Arts (IUNA), he is a visiting lecturer of renowned universities and film schools around the world.

Member of the Board of The New Soundtrack magazine, he also teaches in Great Britain, Germany, and Denmark. He has collaborated with Academy Award-winning Sound Editor Walter Murch (APOCALYPSE NOW, THE WOLFMAN) and Atom Egoyan (THE SWEET HEREAFTER, ARARAT) on masterclasses.

Tutor profile: Hal Cantor, Screenwriter

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Hal Cantor writes for television, film, theatre and fiction. He is currently developing a half-hour comedy with SONY PICTURES TELEVISION. He wrote on FUSION channel's acclaimed special, THE NAKED TRUTH: DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, which broke The Panama Papers story. Prior to that, his drama pilot MOUTHPIECE was bought by FOX TELEVISION STUDIOS. He wrote THE LAKE EFFECT, a one-hour drama pilot for SHOWTIME, developed with Emmy-winning director Scott Winant. Hal also sold the drama pilot TWILIGHT to SONY PICTURES TELEVISION. In features, he developed a comedy with John Davis Productions, based at TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX. 

Hal has had multiple plays produced. CUBICLES, which he directed, was presented by ALLIANCE REPERTORY THEATER in Los Angeles, where it garnered seven Valley Theater League nominations including Best Play, Best Writing and Best Director. He's currently adapting his play, THE BONUS ROUND, into a musical with a UK composer.
On the teaching front, Hal has developed and presented courses at London Film School, Met Film School: Berlin & London, Central Film School, and Raindance: Berlin.  He represented Met Film School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in collaboration with PINEWOOD STUDIOS.  

Tutor profile: Ian Neil, Music Supervisor

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Ian’s extensive knowledge of music is renowned. His expertise in researching tracks and handling music clearances, in addition to his strong ties with all the major and independent record labels and publishers artists, composers, agents and managers, has inevitably made him the first port of call for all the top UK film directors and producers.

Before becoming an independent Film Music Supervisor Ian built his strong reputation through his work as Head of Film and TV for Polygram Records; Head of Film, TV and Advertising and ultimately Director of the department at Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. By placing artists such as LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY, THE CARDIGANS, MOBY, GOLDFRAPP, OVERSEER, GROOVE ARMADA, LAMB & SMASHMOUTH and many more high profile advertising campaigns, TV and Film Productions.

One of Ian’s first big films, LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS, resulted in a double platinum soundtrack and a strong collaboration with Brit director Guy Ritchie. Ian was therefore Ritchie’s first choice for his follow up feature, SNATCH. In 2004, Ian began to enjoy huge success as a Freelance Music Supervisor with many credits including CONTROL by Anton Corbin; JOE STRUMMER-THE FUTURE IS WRITTEN by Julien Temple; ST.TRINIANS 1 & 2; KIDULTHOOD; ADULTHOOD; ROCKNROLLA and OF TIME AND THE CITY from the highly acclaimed director Terence Davies. Other recent popular releases in the UK include SEX & DRUGS AND ROCK & ROLL which Ian is also an Executive Producer, NOWHERE BOY, KICK ASS, BRIGHTON ROCK & 127 HOURS.

His work across all his projects and include sourcing existing material, finding new original content, organizing pre-records, attaching score composers, full management of source & score budgets, film spotting, licensing and contracting, compiling soundtracks and much more.

TV credits include RED RIDING TRILOGY directed by Julian Jarold, Anand Tucker & James Marsh for Revolution Films. The latter of which he teamed the composer Dickon Hinchcliffe with the Director of which they have worked several times subsequently. Other TV shows include ECHO BEACH,ASHES TO ASHES & SKINS.

As of May 2010 Ian took the role of Director of Music for Film and TV for Sony Music. Overseeing Sony music content into Advertising, TV, Film and Computer Games. In 2011 he secured the INBETWEENERS soundtrack for Sony Music, which led to a huge hit for SEAN KINGSTON with Party All Night (Sleep All Day). Most recently procuring PALOMA FAITH’S cover of Never Tear Us Apart in the new coveted John Lewis advertising spot, resulting in a top 10 hit and helping album sales reach double platinum.

He continues to run a scaled down version of his own supervision company and recently supervised KICK ASS 2, ALAN PARTRIDGE – ALPHA PAPA and THE DOUBLE. He is currently working with Guy Ritchie, Anton Corbin, Matthew Vaughn, Ben Wheatley and Robert Carlyle on their current projects, including supervising the forthcoming KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, released in 2015.

"Ian Neil is a leading film & Television music supervisor whose record business background gives him exclusive industry knowledge and contacts. he is well connected for the mainstream and well informed for discovering breaking artists. Ian also has a wide knowledge of film and film scores, he is excellent at matching films with composers both stylistically and based on the personalities involved. He knows the varied business aspects of creating a soundtrack for a film, from contracts, to licences, to cue sheets, from setting up deals with artists, record labels and publishers to engaging with agents and composers he is a brilliant facilitator with consistently excellent results. Ian is a major asset to the music department of any film. His experience and success as a music supervisor precedes him and among his colleagues he is recognised as an industry leader."- Ilan Eshkeri, Film & TV Music Composer

Tutor profile: Joel Cahen, Sound Recordist

Joel Cahen is an experienced location sound recordist who also works in post-production. He has worked on a variety of recent film productions, as well as sound for different media. As creative director for Newtoy, he also organizes unique art events such as the destructivist Scrap Club and the touring underwater sound gallery Wet Sounds.

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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Tutor profile: Josh Appignanesi, Writer, Director

Josh recently directed the feature FEMALE HUMAN ANIMAL, "a #MeToo thriller for female surrealists set in the real life art-world", which Little White Lies called "Unnerving, riveting and mesmerising" and The Observer called "A Triumph." It premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Previous features include acclaimed documentary feature THE NEW MAN, the ethnic indie comedy THE INFIDEL (Tribeca), scripted by David Baddiel and starring Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff, Archie Panjabi & Miranda Hart, and his debut feature SONG OF SONGS, a religious psychodrama written with Jay Basu and starring Natalie Press (award winning at Edinburgh, London, Rotterdam and BIFA nominated).

Josh also co-wrote romcom ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME starring Sarah Jessica Parker, and has directed talent such as John Malkovich, Tom Hiddleston, David Tennant, Sarah Kestelman and Michelle Dockery, and collaborated with artist Martin Creed among others. He makes commercials at Independent.

His teaching includes London Film School, Roehampton University, Film London’s Microwave, Guardian Masterclasses, and the Met Film School.

"Very very moving and revealing.. Told with great honesty and love."

Mark Kermode, BBC5

“Appignanesi jumps, in one beautifully executed move, to join the front rank of new British directors. His timing is perfect, his feel for the rhythm of moral action is bracing.”

“Startlingly, for this second project, Appignanesi shifts gear for something more confrontational and taboo-busting... a broad comedy that gleefully and repeatedly stamps on the tender toes of liberal correctness.”
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

"A cinematic milestone… a challenging, unashamedly intellectual rigour to it. In both style and content, the film reveals a distinctive and bold new voice in British cinema."
Jason Solomons, THE OBSERVER

"A daringly original debut."
Wendy Ide, THE TIMES

"A powerful and confident work and shows that Appignanesi is seriously committed to cultivating a real cinematic language."
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

UK Agent: Matthew Bates at Sayle Screen
US Agent: Abram Nalibotsky at Verve

Tutor profile: Kate Leys, Script Editor

Kate Leys is a feature film script editor who works on projects at all stages of development. She also works directly with filmmakers and a wide range of talent, in all genres, on adaptations as well as original screenplays. She has been head of development at several companies including FilmFour, where she helped commission and develop some of the UK’s most successful feature films, including FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, TRAINSPOTTING and THE FULL MONTY.

Kate speaks regularly at festivals and industry events including the London Film Festival, the UK Screenwriting Festival, The Edinburgh Film Festival, BFI South Bank, Guiding Lights, Skillset and Film London Microwave. She has taught screenwriting at the Northern Film School and at the University of London, script development at the National Film School, and been a visiting lecturer at Universities and film schools all over the UK.

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Tutor profile: Kevin Shaw, Colourist

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Kevin Shaw has been colour grading for over 25 years, and now works all over the world grading feature films, commercials and TV shows. He has been an instructor for over 15 years and is co-founder of the International Colorist Academy. He completed a BA (Hons) degree in Photography Film and Television in 1984, before becoming a fulltime colourist in London, then Italy and Switzerland. In the early 1990s da Vinci began using Kevin as their preferred instructor, and he ran their training program on a freelance basis.

In 1998 the training became a full time task and Kevin joined da Vinci Systems in Florida, fulltime, to open the da Vinci Academy. He ran the da Vinci Academy and contributed to product design until 2004. By 2004 Kevin felt the need to get back in the colorist chair and work with clients again, so he left the company and returned to freelance. He immediately focused on software grading and DI workflows. In 2009, he co-founded the International Colorist Academy. DI Film credits: 180 (2011); MONSTERS (2010); STREETDANCE 3D (2010); TRANSFER (2010); THE WAKE WOOD (2009); HOW TO CHANGE IN 9 WEEKS (2008); ACOLYTES (2007). TV credits: THE OMID DJALILI SHOW; COMING OF AGE; 2 PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS.