I want to invite you to something rather extraordinary. This Summer I am running the Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass one last time and I want you to come and be a part of this final and remarkable chapter. I love the masterclass, I have been teaching it for 15 years now and trained over 3,000 filmmakers, […]
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Super Hero Training Day For The LSF Team
Adrian, a new LSF Team recruit looked at me with concern… ‘When you said we will firewalk I thought you were speaking metaphorically…’ The penny dropped as a LARGE crate of shattered glass spilled onto floor. Before we firewalked, we were going to ‘glasswalk’!!! He looked at me in sheer terror – should he stay […]
Take your writing to the next level
Highest rated speaker at the 2010 London Screenwriters Festival, Linda Aronson, is coming to town to run her landmark two day workshop on Advanced Screenwriting and Parallel story telling. When: November 12th and 13th How Much: £119 – discounted for blog readers to £65 (use code CHRISJONES) FIRST 50 TICKETS ONLY Where: Regents Park http://www.21stcenturyscreenwriter.com/ […]
CANNES 2010 – Come with us on your first trip to the Cannes Film Festival and Market!
Every serious film maker, writer, investor, actor, agent and distributor will be in one square mile of the French Riviera this May. YOU NEED TO BE THERE TOO! Welcome to a unique two part workshop, the first in London (or online), the second IN CANNES on the day of your arrival! Yes, we will meet […]
Final 2 hours added to Online Masterclass, with many extra hours of bonus material added, including Alex Fazeli!
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 […]
The Guerilla Film Makers Masterclass, The Aussie View
After the dust is settling on The Heart Of Gold Film Festival, I thought I would share with you some of the comments I received from the film makers who attended the two day Guerilla Film Makers Masterclass Redux! It seems the new first day, which is about much deeper and I believe important issues, […]
Gone Fishing Seminar Live Online!
I am delighted to announce that the Gone Fishing seminar that we shot at BAFTA, at the premiere, is now live on the internet. It’s taken us some time to get it all constructed because it’s so detailed and dense with information. We also went back and reshot some inserts too. But the big reason, […]
Crossing the first threshold…
My life is starting to fill up with choices. Tough choices. For the first time ever in my career I have been forced to turn down work, and to add to the amazement, really good work too. In the last few weeks I have been offered a really great little film for Ford, and also […]
Where did that picture come from?
Since we began our Facebook campaign a day or two ago (which is going very well, so please keep up the energy), I have had a pile of emails about the photo that I have on my Facebook profile. This was taken last year at a Star wars Expo event in central London where I […]
There’s what you know you don’t know, but it’s what you don’t know that you don’t know that gets you…
I am exhausted this morning. Yesterday I ran a completely new course about career planning and strategies for success in film. This has been bouncing around in my subconscious for a couple of years now, and I formalised it a few months ago in a PowerPoint presentation. Unlike my Guerilla Film Makers Masterclass, this one […]
It begins at the beginning…
I have been working on my script and reading more and listening to other writing teachers. Aristotle’s name has come up repeatedly, and shamefully, while I knew the broad strokes of his work, I had never read his book on Poetics. Clearly it’s in public domain so I went to the web to find it, […]
Gone Fishing Seminar at Ealing Studios
Over the weekend, at the Met Film School at Ealing Studios, I held the Gone Fishing seminar for the last few people who had helped in the making of the movie. It was a stand out event, mainly because the group was small and intimate, giving us a chance to really have some great discussions. […]
Gone Fisihing Seminar on DVD and March 16th
I have been working on the next ‘Gone Fishing’ seminar which we are running on March 16th, so just a couple of weeks away (more info here). This second and final event is for those who could not attend the BAFTA screening, and for anyone else who wants to come along (we need to raise […]
The week from HELLLLLLL!
Last week was the week from hell. Aside from all the Gone Fishing stuff, I had to take care or an enormous corporate video job, and host one of my gruelling two day masterclasses over the weekend. The corporate job was ENORMOUS and I enlisted the help of second unit director on Gone Fishing, Simon […]
Rules, principles and guides…
This weekend coming, I will be running my weekend masterclass at Ealing Studios, and probably, the last one for some time. Every time I run one of these classes, I spend time beforehand reflecting on current trends and shifts in film making. Of course, I still have last weekends premiere bouncing around and I am […]
The Big Day Finally Arrives!
Blimey! Blimey! And thrice blimey! What a day Saturday was, the ‘Gone Fishing’ Seminar and World Premiere. I am going to write about the seminar today and premiere tomorrow. I had been thinking about the seminar from before I made Gone Fishing, and so collated all the important document and materials. I thought the course […]
Final preparations and De-Spotting
The last few days have been a whirlwind of preparations for both the seminar and premiere of Gone Fishing on Saturday. Believe it or not, with only two days to go, the film is not yet complete! Right now, it is being de-spotted by Tom, at Midnight Transfer. We shot on Gone Fishing on film, […]
Mail out to contributors
I have just mailed out to the Seminar and Premiere guests for Gone Fishing… We still have some places left so if you want to come, click here… You can read more about this course here too… Welcome to the Gone Fishing Premiere and Seminar, January 12th, 2007 at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly (map and directions […]
Prepping the premiere!
The last couple of days have been spent organising the premiere. The tickets have arrived from the printers, and they look great! Steph Wrate, who also worked in the production team on ‘Gone Fishing’, has been calling everyone to make sure they are coming. I have been working primarily on the Masterclass that will be […]
World Premiere Date and Venue Set!
Great great news! Producer Ivan Clements has managed to get BAFTA for our World Premiere for Gone Fishing, and also for the one day seminar about how we made the film. So that means if you have the £100 film makers package, you can come to the one day seminar at BAFTA, then come to […]
FTX Guerilla Film Makers Course a Success
I just wrapped the two day Guerilla Flm Makers Master Class here at FTX in Vancouver. It was a tremendous success! I have been running this course for a few years now and it’s always a pleasure as I can see in the group, so many people become profoundly motivated to get on, not just […]
Guerilla Film Maker in Vancouver
I flew into Vancouver, BC, Canada a few days ago, with a dual remit. First off, I am running my two day Guerilla Film Makers Masterclass here at a film makers conference called FTX West. Second, I am location scouting for Rocketboy and plan to spend a week looking for amazing places to shoot the […]
Compiling Clips for the Gone Fishing Course
I have been working on the one day course for the contributors of Gone Fishing today, and building the DVD with the clips. I have lots of video goodies, including this one here, which illustrates different slow motion frame rates. For some scenes we used an electronic High Speed camera which came in a van […]
Building the 1 Day Course for Gone Fishing
I spent most of yesterday planning the 1 day course that the £100 ‘Gone Fishing’ contributors will receive, some time in January 2008. I have also been cutting a trailer which I plan to put up on the site in the next few days. I have decided to make the course a kind of chronology […]
First test screening
Last night we held out first test screening for ‘Gone Fishing’. Blimey. What an evening. We had about ten people round and we watched it on my big video projector. This was an offline cut, with temp music and sound. After the film played, I asked a number of questions and we entered a three […]