NCL Film & TV were delighted to be joined this week by BBC presenter, Film Critic and Director Mark Cousins, as part of the Tuesday Film & TV appreciation lectures.
The online talks devised by lecturer Kim Beveridge, have featured a range of Film and Television industry practitioners, including a link up with the Outlander Production Trainee Programme in Wardpark Film and Television studios, Cumbernauld.
“The Tuesday morning guest speaker slot has become a popular feature within the department and has been well attended by students from all levels of our courses. I think having the opportunity to listen to and ask direct questions to such a variety of high calibre guests helps.
Listening to John McPhail’s enthusiasm for film was contagious and hilarious. He explained the multi layering of genres within his 2018 zombie film ‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ and how the subtle colour changes throughout the film helped communicate theses shifts.
John also recalled his research into the genre of musicals in preparation for directing one for the first time. He explained that songs are opportunities to stop the action for a moment, allowing use to really listen to a character’s musical monologue of hopes, fears, and desires.
Ex-Outlander trainees Lauren Lambie (production) and Keith Pflug (camera) chatted openly with the students about their experience of the program and the specific workings of their departments.
Lauren’s swift career progression from production runner to assistant show runner was fascinating. Her on set anecdotes illustrated the importance of the production office within TV. Starting at the bottom as a runner is an opportunity to get your foot in the door and if you’re passionate, hardworking and have common sense, regardless of academic experience you can work your way up. Lauren also shared her hopes to progress to her dream job as script supervisor and at some point, write her own adaptations for screen.
It was great to welcome director Mark Cousins this week, hear him talk about his love of film from an early age and the inspiration behind his most recently released feature ‘Women Make Film’. Mark gave us an insight into how early film historians overlooked the vast majority of women’s achievement within the industry. Both here in the West and more significantly, in other non-English speaking countries.
As a self-confessed Feminist, Mark explained his compulsion to address this with the making of ‘Women Make Film’, a film that invites the world to glimpse at what they’ve been missing out on in the form of his road trip, archive montage film narrated by narrated by Tilda Swinton, Jane Fonda, Adjoa Andoh, Sharmila Tagore, Kerry Fox, Thandie Newton and Debra Winger.
During the Q&A that followed, Mark also spoke about his admiration of Iranian film, and how the dilemma of young filmmakers today is not how to make a film, as technology like mobile phones has now given everyone that ability. But what story to tell?”
– Kim Beveridge, Film & Television Lecturer.