When I was in LA, I met with film maker Alex Fazeli, shot an interview, and I wrote about it on the blog at the time. His interview is a bonus feature of the now, 14 hour Guerilla Masterclass: Making The World Class Short Film, that is delivered totally online. His interview is about his experiences while on the festival circuit with his 35mm short, ‘In The Dark’. Just after the interview he won the Bermuda Film Festival, giving him the all important Academy Award Qualifier, so he is now in the running for the 2010 Oscars.
This kind of strategic film making is essential if you think your short is a possible Oscar winner, and that strategy is something that we go into detail about in the completely new addition to the online seminar, a further 2 hours about short film sales, exploitation, festivals, awards and of course, The Oscars. Make no mistake, winning awards and especially an Oscar is NOT just a matter of turning up, it’s a political and strategic chess game.
I shot the interview with Alex completely alone, and it was the first foray into self shooting 2 camera interviews with now crew at all! There was lot’s learned!
If you are interested in this online course, it’s still only £69.99 but will go up in the next few weeks. This is to reflect the all new content that has been added to complete the whole journey, from first world class idea, hopefully all the way to the Oscars. You can get the online seminar here… And remember it’s all online, so you can start RIGHT NOW!
And the feedback keeps flowing in, and it’s all amazing…With 100% positive feedback still! Here are two of the most recent comments left about the seminar…
Chris Jones adheres to his mantra of 'excellence' in the undertaking of his film Gone Fishing and the Seminar Series. Moreover, he has actually made a film which is well… Excellent. I first viewed this film with my two sons, John 10 and Sam 7. Upon the first shot of the fish accompanied by a deep almost foreboding score my son John exclaimed, 'This is like Jaws!'. Chris has referred to Gone Fishing as 'Jaws for children'. We enjoyed the world that Gone Fishing propelled us into. We will eagerly wait for Chris' next project! The Gone Fishing Seminar: I found this filmmaking 'how to' seminar refreshing for two reasons. 1. The presentation comes across as sincere and spontaneous! Not canned like most filmmaking seminar or courses tend to be. 2. The Case Study film is actually GOOD! This is rare. Most filmmaking training courses must site popular films. This Seminar uses the actual film that was nominated to be nominated for an Academy Award. Again this is also very refreshing. The Seminar is very valuable to anyone interested in becoming a filmmaker or venturing into any field of filmmaking. I am so grateful for this course if for no other reason than I can watch the case study film by the filmmaker and NOT have to say, "I can do better than that!" Excellent Film. Excellent Seminar.
Michael, Producer, Florida
Thu, 4/2/09 11:55 PM For Newcastle United, it's "Howay the Lads"; for this one Newcastle film-maker, it's "Howay Chris Jones"!
I was lucky enough to attend Chris's "encore" performance of the first "Gone Fishing" seminar, not at BAFTA, but at the Film School College that's attached to Ealing Film Studios, on their back-lot (notice how I've typed "encore", instead of the more British word "repeat" ;), and despite the weather being absolutely depressing that day, and the train journey there and back from Newcastle, it was an outstanding, thought-provoking and well-produced masterclass (NOTE: apologies Chris if I was fidgeting whilst sat on the front row, while you were talking; you can actually see my ginger head popping up and down a few times).
When I heard he was giving a follow-up masterclass, this time on his experiences with film festivals, sales and distribution, and I couldn't make it, I was disappointed to say the least. But, I was so glad when he announced that he had every intention to provide the "sequel" seminar to those who had already attended his first 2 production seminars on "GF". And, after watching every single section and video, and as cheesy and cliched and predictable as this will read, I have never been more inspired to begin work on my own World Class 35mm Short Film, and take a shot at the Oscars myself. Granted, I am coming to the end of only my 1st Year at the fantastic Northern Film School in Leeds (but with only 1 year remaining on the course), but I graduate in the Summer of 2010, and hopefully, by then, I will have experienced the festival circuit myself with at least one five-minute very-low-budget comedy short, that I intend to direct and produce at the highest quality level of my abilities and capabilities, and afterwards, use both mine and Chris's enormous, full-of-wisdom and intelligent experiences, and both learn and adapt to those, in the hope of making it as successful and as big as him, and opening as many promising opportunities to myself as he has for himself, with my own World Class short film/script. Back here, in Newcastle, the fans of our football team regard former manager Kevin Keegan as "The Messiah". Well, I believe that everyone, who HASN'T been successful in the film industry yet and/or totally aspires to, should regard Chris as that Messiah. Take what he has learnt and what he has done, most of which, if not all, at his own very great and personal expense, and make a film that you like, not one that you are only making, just so you can win competitions and awards, because the bright-minded people of the industry and the world, will see right through you, and I also believe that, when you make a film that you like, and from that likeness comes your deepest and most heartfelt passion and love for that very film, just like what Chris has done and conveyed to numerous persons across the globe, the opportunities, the success, the fame, the fortune, and the respect, will come to you, and not the other way round. At least, that's what I'm hoping happens to me some day.
Martin Grant, Northern Film School Student/Undergraduate, Newcastle
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