Events

BECTU Freelancers’ Fair 2019

Come join us at our booth at the annual Freelancers’ Fair 2019 and celebrate all freelancers in film and TV. BECTU is offering workshops and seminars, insurance, income protection and CV advice.  The event is free to all BECTU Members & £13.31 to non-BECTU Members.  Details can be found below and tickets can be booked here.

Seminars

09:45 -11:00 – Seminar 1 – Commissioning Live!

Seize the opportunity to hear from commissioners and development producers working
across a variety of genres. What factors inform commissioning decisions and how should
you prepare your pitch? Guest speakers will be announced shortly.

09:45 – 11:00 – Seminar 2 – Radical Film: Community and Collective Film-making

Three film-makers discuss issues of authorship, skill-sharing and alternative models
of film-making and distribution. Doc Society gives tips on how to successfully pitch
your idea to them. Panellists include Ed Webb-Ingall (film-maker/London Community
Video Archive), Beverley Bennett (film-maker), Taylor Le Melle (currently setting up
Not/Nowhere film-makers’ co-op) and Lisa Marie Russo (Doc Society).

11:15-12:30 – Seminar 3 – Drones: the Shots, the Gear, the Rules

What can you really do with a drone? Which drone is best for the job? And why even
hire a drone pilot when you can just stick one in the sky, right? Elliott Corke from Aerial
Academy (aka Drone Training) leads an aerial action masterclass with advice and insights
from some of the best drone cinematographers in the business: Carys Kaiser (The Drone
Lass), Helena Kardova (Monocle) and Dani Rose (Flying Pictures).

11:15-12:30 – Seminar 4 – The good, the Bad and the Exploited: How to Select the Best Training Opportunities

How do you spot worthwhile courses or training opportunities? How can you access funds
to help you up the career ladder? What is the industry doing to improve access to training
for those from more diverse backgrounds? Our speakers will include Gilly Cohen (Indie
Training Fund), Femi Kolade (LFS), Alex Pumfrey (Film & TV Charity) and Jon Wardle
(NFTS). The session will be chaired by Rachel Bennett, the union’s training officer.

13:00 – 14:00 – Seminar 5 – Tax Talk on Making Tax Digital with FreeAgent

The UK tax system is going through a huge modernisation and the transition is already
underway. If you’re VAT registered and turn over £85K plus, you’re already required to file
your return under the new MTD regime. And It won’t be long before small Ltd companies
and sole traders will be required to work under the new MTD requirements too. Join
FreeAgent’s Matt Perkins to learn more about MTD, when it will affect you and what
you need to do to comply.

14:15 – 15:30 – Seminar 6 – Production in your Pocket: Making Films on Your Mobile

With Steven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird the latest feature to be shot on iPhones,
what does this alternative means of recording moving images have to offer the lowbudget
film-maker? Join the debate with our panellists Dierdre Mulcahy freelance
lecturer and Owen Holdaway reporter.

14:15 – 15:30 – Seminar 7 – Cut! Content, Carbon Emissions and Climate Change

How do we respond creatively to climate change, one of the biggest global challenges of
our time and put care for the planet at the centre of our productions? Roser Canela-Mas,
BAFTA’s industry sustainability manager will be amongst our guest speakers.

15:45 – 17:00 – Seminar 8 – Looting People: Navigating the Online Collaborative World

With young keen graduates the most prized resource in TV and film, and with gender
and BAME pay gaps still on everyone’s lips, is it ever right to ask teams to work together
without pay? And when are online platforms simply taking advantage of the enthusiasm
of developing talent? Consider these issues with Elliot Grove (Raindance), Simone
Pennant MBE (The TV Collective) and Jude Winstanley (The Unitlist).

15:45 – 17:00 – Seminar 9 – With Inequality Still Real How Do Diverse Film-Makers Succeed?

Screen International recently published a list of the top 50 production companies in the
UK. Only one company has a ‘person of colour’ as a development executive and most have
never worked with a female director. However, despite the odds, diverse film-makers do
make their mark. Join our invited guests to find out how.

17:00 – 17:30 – Writers Producers & Directors Branch AGM

Join us to find out more about the branch committee’s dynamic work and how you can
get involved. Members of the branch who are keen to join the committee should contact
organising official Jane Perry jperry@bectu.org.uk

17:00 – 18:00 – Networking Social

Always a great way to end the day!

Workshops

There are four workshops being offered:

09:30 – 12:00 – Freelance Toolkit with David Thomas Media

This session is for freelancers keen to develop their business skills. Whether you’re new to self-employment or more
established, this session will tackle financial control, getting paid on time, pain-free record-keeping and adapting to the
HMRC’s digital tax transformation. Maximum 16 people.

11:00 – 13:30 – Storytelling for Business

With film and high end TV delivering more than £91.6 billion a year to the UK economy (figure published 2018) it has
become even more difficult to gain access. Getting to the right people: cast, crew and finance, takes skills of true
persuasion. Actor/director and trainer Michelle Brooks uses tried and trusted theatre techniques and 5 Act story
structure in this part-theory, part-practical workshop to help you to present yourself and your projects with presence,
banishing nerves and giving you the edge. Maximum 25 people.

14:00 – 16:00 – Networking Dos & Don’ts with David Thomas Media

This workshop is for anyone who finds networking difficult or who doubts its importance. Learn how to leave the right
impression without being a pain, and why face-to-face networking is just as important as anything you do online.
Maximum 25 people.

14:30 – 16:30 – Using Social Video to Grow Your Audience

With the rise of social video and the ever-changing creative formats audiences swipe through on their phones, there’s
never been a greater opportunity to tell your story, nor a greater challenge in cutting through the noise to grow your
audience. In this two hour workshop, led by Tom Szekeres digital consultant and enterpreneur, you’ll discuss adopting
a social-first mindset in the current digital landscape; you’ll reimagine what a film/TV trailer should look like, and how
it should fit into a larger creative campaign. Be part of this session to explore a range of creative formats and digital
storytelling tools and techniques to bring to life your creative vision. Maximum 20 people.

 

About the BECTU Freelancers’ Fair:

It’s a day to come together to learn, to discuss and to enjoy. Programmed by leading representatives of BECTU’s Writers Producers and Directors branch, the event helps freelancers to connect and to enhance their careers. Come alone, or in a group, you’ll be in good company.

Whether you’re just starting out, or more experienced, our mix of topical seminars and practical workshops, backed by an extraordinary exhibitor line-up and technical area, will deliver real benefit to you.

How will you spend your day? Full programme info can be found here www.bectu.org.uk/freelancers-fair including confirmed speakers.

 

The 88th Annual Awards Ceremony and Bernard Happé Lecture

Join us as celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of the industry at our 88th Annual Awards Ceremony and Bernard Happé Lecture at the Regent Street Cinema. Among the recipients for our awards are the creme de la creme of industry professionals. Our ceremony will be lead by former Sky News anchor woman and BBC television presenter Vivien Creegor.

Awards to Be Given:

ChEFF Award

Technical and Scientific Achievement Award

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry

President’s Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lady Doris and Sir Sydney Samuelson Award

The John Tompkins Natural History Award

Fellowships

Honorary Fellowships

About Vivien Creegor:

Vivien started her broadcasting career as a newsreader for BBC Radio 4. She then moved to BBC Television in Bristol fronting ‘Points West’, the local news show, for 5 years. There were also stints at TV Centre presenting the national lunchtime news and also co-hosting a travel series on BBC 2 called ‘Transit’.  She then joined the fledgling Sky News and stayed for 15 years as one of the main anchors, which was interspersed with chairing a number of conferences for the United Nations. She jumped ship in 2006 to go and live briefly in California, becoming a student at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Her main focus now is on acting, voiceovers and travel writing for ‘The Mail on Sunday’.

Before the annual awards we will have this year’s Bernard Happé Lecture focussing on the extraordinary coverage of the Royal Wedding. Andrew Cotton and Phil Layton from the BBC, will focus on the challenges faced in delivering the superb images from their 2018 trials of ultra HD high dynamic range TV.

The speakers will:

  • Talk about production workflows for UHD HDR recording of the Royal Wedding
  • Discuss how the workflows paved the way for their UHD coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Wimbledon Centre Court on BBC iPlayer
  • Address the complexities of delivering live UHD over IP
  • Show highlights for demonstration throughout the lecture

About Andrew Cotton:

Andrew is a Principal Technologist within BBC R&D’s Broadcast & Connected Systems Section. He has a background in video compression and image processing. Andrew and his team work across the entire television acquisition, production, delivery and IP distribution chains, ensuring the technical integrity of BBC systems. Most recently their work has focused on high dynamic range TV, as Andrew is one of the developers of the Hybrid Log-Gamma HDR system. Andrew joined BBC Research in 1987 with a degree in Engineering Science. After seven years he left the BBC to work in industry for a leading broadcast equipment manufacturer, but returned to the BBC in 2002.

About Phil Layton:

Phil initially joined the BBC in 1983 and has worked on a wide variety of projects involving hardware, software and systems engineering. Since 1996 he has worked on all the major BBC digital TV projects across our joint ventures and third party platforms. As Head of the Broadcast & Connected Systems team within BBC R&D he is responsible for a workplan covering all aspects of content distribution over both traditional broadcast and IP platforms.

A Star Is Born: How to Find the Perfect Cast for Your Film

UNFORTUNATELY OUR GUEST SPEAKER HAS HAD TO POSTPONE, WE ARE LOOKING AT REARRANGING THIS EVENT IN THE FUTURE. WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

 

Come join us as Hannah Williams, Casting Director and U.K. Casting Specialist at Backstage, will talk about one of the most crucial steps in the film production process, casting for your film. She has worked on projects such as Fantastic Beasts, Tarzan, The Falling, Beast, etc.

She will:

  • explain the role of the Casting Director
  • walk you through the casting process of low and high budget productions
  • address the best ways for filmmakers in getting the perfect talent
  • talk about do’s and don’ts for filmmakers and actors whilst auditioning

Come along to this gem of an event, meet new people and get some insight into the world of casting.

About Hannah Williams

Hannah Marie Williams has been working in the business of casting for over 8 years, working on big budget features, indie shorts, commercials, TV, documentary and everything in between. She is now launching the UK arm of Backstage, a long established and highly regarded actor publication and casting platform from the US whilst also continuing her work as a Casting Director.

About Backstage:

For over 50 years, Backstage has been the most trusted place for actors and performers to find jobs and career advice, and for casting professionals and talent seekers to find the right performers for their projects.

Today, Backstage is the largest online casting platform in the United States, with over 4,000 roles posted every week, and over 100,000 members building their careers on the platform.

Casting professionals can take advantage of sophisticated application management tools to make the job of finding the perfect performer a breeze.

The Fine Line: Representing Reality in Drama Documentary Filmmaking

Come join us as writer, director, producer Tim Conrad will talk about his experiences interpreting reality in award winning drama documentaries. He will:

  • talk about the benefits and disadvantages of dramatising factual material
  • share his experience with working to tight schedules and various locations all over the world
  • give his take on dealing with interviewees, the compromises that have to be made and the potential dangers that come with it

Come along to this gem of an event, meet new people and get some insight into the ins and outs of successful short filmmaking.

About Tim Conrad:  

Tim Conrad has worked in the UK film and television industry for over 30 years.

After three years at film school he started working as a Camera Assistant on documentaries, dramas, and feature films, which led to him to become a cameraman, working on documentaries and corporate videos.

In the late 80’s, Conrad discovered his passion for directing and soon set up his own production company making music videos, corporate videos and commercials.
After a successful 10-year run, he sold his company and moved into writing and directing for television.

He has since made numerous documentaries and drama-documentaries for UK terrestrial channels and US cable networks such as National Geographic and Discovery. I have also written, produced and directed some award-winning short dramas.

Today, he works as writer, director and series producer in specialist factual television, mostly making drama documentaries.

Tim Conrad’s Filmography:

  • Mafia Killers with Colin McLaren (TV Series documentary, 2018)
    – Vincent Gigante ‘The Oddfather’
    – Henry Hill ‘The Goodfella’
    – Anthony ‘Gaspipe’ Casso
    – Carmine “The Snake” Persico
    – Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano
  •  Autopsy: The Last Hours of (TV Series documentary, 2017)
    – Steve Jobs
    – Prince
  •  Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen (TV Series, 2016)
    – Shots in the Heartland
    – Wrong Place, Deadly Time
  •  Princess Diana’s Death: Mystery Solved (TV Movie documentary, 2016)
  •  The Wives Did It (TV Mini-Series, 2015)
    – Deadly Threesome
    – Guns, Lies & Sister Wives
    – The Polygamous Prophet
  •  Did He Do It? (TV Series, 2015)
    – Execution in Question
    – Reputation of Evil

Tales From Hollywood: Eric Blakeney On Screenwriting

Come join us as American writer, director and producer Eric Blakeney (21 Jump Street, Baywatch and Gun Shy) gives an interview about his experience in writing for hit TV series and film, followed by a Q&A. Moderation: Phil McCauley.

He will:

  • talk about the writing for a high-pressurised environments
  • give insight into what’s going on in a high budget production Board meeting
  • talk about the ins and outs of re-locating to the UK as a writer/director

Come along to this gem of an event, meet new people and get some insight into the ins and outs of writing for large productions.

About Eric Blakeney

Eric Blakeney is a screenwriter, director, author and radio raconteur.  A veteran of television and film, Blakeney was the show–runner for Fox’s tentpole series 21 Jump Street starring Johnny Depp.

He has served as writer/producer on hit TV series such as Baywatch, Moonlighting, Cagney and Lacey, The Equalizer, Crime Story and many more. He also penned scripts for Mad Max IV-Fury Road and successful made-for-TV movies including Generation X and Fighting for My Daughter.

Blakeney made his directorial debut in the 2000 comedy Gun Shy starring Liam Neeson, Oliver Platt and Sandra Bullock. Blakeney also served as executive producer/writer for TV movie Generation X (starring Matt Frewer and Finola Hughes), the Marvel Comics classic about a group of mutant teenagers blessed with superhuman powers. He also co–authored three volumes of estoric healer Ruben Papian’s Books of Essence.

Some of Eric Blakeney’s projects:

  • Gun Shy
  • Wiseguy
  • Baywatch
  • Cagney and Lacey
  • Moonlighting
  • Max Headroom
  • Booker
  • VR.5
  • The Equalizer
  • Crime Story
  • Generation X

About Phil McCauley

Phil is a highly experienced entrepreneur.  He invests in start-up and high growth businesses in music, media and green energy having exited several businesses over the past 12 years including a NYSE listing. Market cap from of $4m to $750,000,000 in 5 years.
Phil is a strategist, consultant and expert in change management and implementation. His first business TTL Music – sold licensed music services across Europe and system installations to large retail groups. Exited. Business sold for £6m in 2001
He has taken an energy business public on the NYSE and is engaged in business change, investment and funding. His business interests also cover film and TV production companies.
Phil has also served as a board member of, The Prince’s Trust (east midlands), Mind (north Nottinghamshire), The Broadway Cinema Arts Venue Notts, Visit Nottinghamshire.

Screenwriting Bootcamp: Write Your Feature Film Outline In One Sitting

Been sitting on an idea for a movie, but never have time to write it?

Have an idea but no idea how to map out your screenplay?

Then join us on for a webinar training ‘Screenwriting Bootcamp: Write Your Feature Film Outline in One Sitting’! Recognised Canadian screenwriter Larissa Thomas brings her successful screenwriting bootcamp to IMIS in an exciting training. In this 3-hour screenwriting workshop you’ll learn how to turn your idea into a story and leave with a completed, rough outline of your feature film.

This live online workshop is taught using video examples, hand-outs, and slides to help you gain a better understanding of film structure and character. Through guided writing sprints, you’ll put your ideas onto paper without dwelling on perfection. With this outline, you can confidently write your feature screenplay knowing you’ve nailed your structural and character arc points.

ALL IMIS MEMBERS CAN ATTEND THE WEBINAR FOR FREE!

(Non-Members: £15+VAT)

About Larissa Thomas:

Larissa Thomas co-wrote, directed, and produced a web series called Allie & Lara Make a Horror Movie (literally about the horrors of trying to make your own films) with two more episodes to go.

Her successful “FINISHIT: Screenwriting Sprint” workshop she created to help beat procrastination, and to help writers take ideas they talk about and make them a reality. ‘It began in 2015 at my very own kitchen table’ before being recognised by filmmaking organization Raindance Canada (based in Toronto). It quickly became a member-favourite, monthly screenwriting workshop. Thomas has ran over 20 iterations of the workshop, broken down over 14 films, and guided almost 200 writers through the process.

ALL IMIS MEMBERS CAN ATTEND THE WEBINAR FOR FREE!

(Non-Members: £15+VAT)

About IMIS

The International Moving Image Society’s (IMIS) aim is to inspire, train, educate, and connect all members of the moving image industry, whether at entry or professional level, around the world. We accomplish this by putting on networking events.

Benefits of Becoming a Member

  • Free access to all our events (like this one)
  • Access to our discounts on Vimeo, Mandy Network (formerly Film and TV Pro) and many more
  • Becoming a part of a tight network of industry professionals
  • Discounts on training
  • Online access to our Cinema Technology publication

Perfecting the Pitch: An Introduction to Pitching Screenplays

 

About IMIS

The International Moving Image Society’s (IMIS) aim is to inspire, train, educate, and connect all members of the moving image industry, whether at entry or professional level, around the world. We accomplish this by putting on networking events.

Benefits of Becoming a Member

  • Free access to all our events (like this one)
  • Access to our discounts on Vimeo, Mandy Network (formerly Film and TV Pro) and many more
  • Becoming a part of a tight network of industry professionals
  • Discounts on training
  • Online access to our Cinema Technology publication

Secret Agent: How To Get An Agent As A Screenwriter

Come join us as Film and TV agent Leah Middleton, representing talents at Marjacq gives invaluable insight into the art of promoting your talent as a screenwriter and finding a suitable agent in this competitive business.

She will:

  • tell us what an agent is and what do they do
  • discuss why screenwriters should want an agent
  • give insight into how to approach an agent and whom to choose
  • talk about ways to prepare a pitch yourself to an agent
  • describe tips on working with agents successfully

About Leah Middleton:

After gaining substantial experience working in the film and television department at Aitken Alexander Associates, across drama and factual programming, she joined Marjacq as Film and TV as well as Literary Agent.

Leah is looking for screenwriters and authors. She is interested in commercial fiction, particularly historical, high-concept YA, black comedy and stories with recognisable settings from unusual perspectives. In non-fiction she would like to see investigative journalism, polemic, topical memoir and popular science/history.

About Marjacq: 

Founded in 1974, Marjacq is an energetic full-service literary agency with a  diverse range of writers of both fiction and non-fiction, for adults, young adults and children.

They work closely with their authors at every stage of the process, from editorial guidance and negotiating deals,  to long-term career management – including selling their work into as many languages as possible and seeking the best opportunities for adaptation to Film, TV and other media.

Marjacq are a member of the Association of Authors’ Agents (AAA).

Come join us as at one of our regular networking events. Meet peers and fellow professionals, chat, exchange details, collaborate and most of all, have fun!

About IMIS

The International Moving Image Society’s (IMIS) aim is to inspire, train, educate, and connect all members of the moving image industry, whether at entry or professional level, around the world. We accomplish this by putting on networking events.

Benefits of Becoming a Member

  • Free access to all our events (like this one)
  • Access to our discounts on Vimeo, Mandy Network (formerly Film and TV Pro) and many more
  • Becoming a part of a tight network of industry professionals
  • Discounts on training
  • Online access to our Cinema Technology publication

BECTU Freelancers’ Fair 2018

Come join us at our booth at the annual Freelancers’ Fair 2018 and celebrate all freelancers in film and TV.

About the BECTU Freelancers’ Fair:

It’s a day to come together to learn, to discuss and to enjoy. Programmed by leading representatives of BECTU’s Writers Producers and Directors branch, the event helps freelancers to connect and to enhance their careers. Come alone, or in a group, you’ll be in good company.

Whether you’re just starting out, or more experienced, our mix of topical seminars and practical workshops, backed by an extraordinary exhibitor line-up and technical area, will deliver real benefit to you.

How will you spend your day? Full programme info can be found here www.bectu.org.uk/freelancers-fair including confirmed speakers.

 

About IMIS:

The International Moving Image Society’s (IMIS) aim is to inspire, train, educate, and connect all members of the moving image industry, whether at entry or professional level, around the world. We accomplish this by putting on networking events,

Big Shorts – Passion Projects with High Name Cast

Come join us as the award-winning production team of the short comedy drama Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote starring Sir Lenny Henry, talk about the joys and trails of short filmmaking.

They will:

  • screen Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote and talk about its success on the festival circuit (Encounters, LSFF, MANIFF, etc.)
  • talk about the making-of their Shakespeare project
  • give insight into the casting process of a high name actor

Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote (Premise):

Exasperated by her daughters insistence on speaking only in Shakespearean verse, her mother resorts to psychotherapy. A Shakespearean quote-off in the theatre uncovers the reason for the girls affliction.

The Team:

  • Writer/Actor Moya O’Shea is best known for her work on The Clinic and Doctors.
  • Director Christiana Ebohon Green is best know for her work on Doctors, Emmerdale and East Enders.
  • Producer Fiona Gillies is best known for her work on City Slacker, Mother Love and Casualty.
  • Producer Michael Mueller is best known for his work on The Beat Beneath My Feet, City Slacker and Sherlock.
Come join us as at one of our regular networking events. Meet peers and fellow professionals, chat, exchange details, collaborate and most of all, have fun!

About IMIS

The International Moving Image Society’s (IMIS) aim is to inspire, train, educate, and connect all members of the moving image industry, whether at entry or professional level, around the world. We accomplish this by putting on networking events.

Benefits of Becoming a Member

  • Free access to all our events (like this one)
  • Access to our discounts on Vimeo, Mandy Network (formerly Film and TV Pro) and many more
  • Becoming a part of a tight network of industry professionals
  • Discounts on training
  • Online access to our Cinema Technology publication