Every year, ASFF welcomes industry leaders from a range of disciplines to speak about their craft, offering a unique opportunity to gain first-hand insights in direction, animation, VFX, documentary production and cinematography. This year is no exception, with ASFF 2020 providing a staggering 50 masterclasses to choose from. Here are 10 masterclasses to watch again.
Dame Judi Dench: An Icon of Cinema
Dame Judi Dench is an icon: an Oscar and BAFTA award-winning actor whose credits include the blockbuster James Bond series, Shakespeare in Love, Notes on a Scandal, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Philomena, to name just a few. Join us for this special retrospective as Judi draws upon a lifetime of unforgettable portrayals and ground-breaking productions
A Life in Music: Barry Adamson in Conversation
Barry Adamson’s eclectic career spans music and film. As a musician, he played bass with Magazine and Birthday Party, as well as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. As a composer, his work has featured on the soundtracks to Danny Boyle’s The Beach, David Lynch’s Lost Highway and Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers. Adamson reflects on his career creating innovative music for groundbreaking cinema.
Art on Screen: Defining Cultural Landscapes
Jeremy Deller is a Turner Prize-winning conceptual, video and installation artist, whose practice encompasses political, social and cultural themes, covering topics such as the 1984 miners’ strike and 1980s rave culture. In conversation, Deller explores his multi-dimensional practice, and processes and wider inspirations. He also discusses the importance of film as an artistic medium as well as a format that is accessible beyond the traditional gallery setting.
Rethinking On-screen Roles
The time has come for a major shake-up in the film industry. We need to rethink and restructure roles both on-screen and behind the lens. Casting directors Hannah Marie Williams (UK Casting Specialist, Backstage) and Heather Basten look at the modern process of casting, examining the need for a greater understanding of representation on screen, considering the process writing roles with inclusivity in mind and choosing the right actor for the part.
The Film Festival Circuit: Finding Your Place
You’ve completed your film – now you need an audience. What’s the best way to showcase your work? How do you secure new viewers? With over 15 years’ combined experience in festival strategy, Katie McCullough and Ian Bignell offer a practical blueprint for success, giving essential advice on submissions, maximising budgets and promoting work through larger channels. This session is essential for filmmakers looking to access new audiences across the globe.
Re-framing the Film Industry: Inclusivity and IntersectionalityThe film industry has long been scrutinised for its obvious and blatant gaps in equal representation, both behind the camera and on-screen. Now, more than ever, we are asking crucial questions about who is creating cinema, what stories they tell and who they are creating them for. Activist and artist, Yasmin Begum, examines the necessity for an equal and inclusive industry, as well as the need to include diverse audiences through thought-provoking exhibition.
Cinematography: Capturing the Action, One Frame at a Time
Tristan Oliver specialises in cinematography for stop-motion animations, with credits that include Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox and Isle of Dogs, Aardman’s groundbreaking Chicken Run and Laika’s ParaNorman. When working closely with a vast team of animators and technicians, how does the role of the cinematographer differ to live action productions? What are the challenges – and creative possibilities – of working with inanimate characters?
Short Film On Demand: Curating Exceptional Cinema
It’s never been easier for independent creators to engage with audiences and to showcase their work online, thanks to the rise of cinema On Demand. MarBelle (Directors Notes), Rob Munday (Short of the Week), Lyndy Stout (1.4) and Shelley Jones (NOWNESS) discuss the internet as an integral platform for new voices looking to develop their craft. They also discuss the process of curating, exhibiting and supporting outstanding filmmaking talent.
Sound of Screen: Enhancing the Narrative
Sound is a key component within any production. Soundscapes are a delicate balance of score, dialogue, foley and sound design – adding realism and emotion to every scene as they blend into each other. ASFF is joined by Oscar-Winning Sound Designer Glenn Freemantle, whose credits include Gravity, Annihilation and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to educate audiences on the creation of sound worlds that complement visuals and enhance the narrative.
Setting the Scene: Production Design in Practice
Sets create authenticity and captivate audiences. They are often the deal breaker for whether a film is believable. Whether it’s a period drama or a sci-fi epic, the location is key to offering a truly believable narrative. Production Designers Sonja Klaus (Taboo, Mr Selfridge, Terminator Dark Fate) and Grant Montgomery (Peaky Blinders, The Secret Garden, Tolkien) elucidate the research required to convince audiences within the wider production scale.
The Aesthetica Film Festival is available On Demand until 30 November. Tickets available here.