The Theatre, Brewery Arts Centre,
Tickets £25 or £10 for students
phone 01539 725133
Registration and Introduction
Brian Hall – director of the Festival, mountain guide
and film safety
Analysis of the Extreme Film School.
Graham Hoyland (BBC producer / director, Everest
summiteer) & Film Festival Judges: Piers Handling
(Director Toronto Film Festival), George Band (renowned
mountaineer), Margaret Wicks (Film producer and editor),
Louise Thomas (top woman climber & TV presenter),
Valeriana Rosso (Director-
Cervino Film Festival).
* The five 2 minute shorts will be screened. In the
format of 3 minute introduction by the film maker, film
shown. 3 minute analysis of the film.
* Discussion of the films with the audience.
* Feedback from the Extreme Film School attendees on
the course. Plus major problems (technical or otherwise
raised and discussed)
* Camera formats for extreme filming. Suitability vs
budget including mini dv, dv cam, digi beta, Hi Def &
With Neil Thompson of Sony Broadcast - He is a very
knowledgeable with regards to technical ins and out of
all camera formats and has a strong technical
back-ground, but is also a great communicator. (Courtesy
of Visual Impact)
* Camera use and protection in extreme environments.
Keith Partridge – probably the most experienced climbing
cameraman in the UK. Also adventure camera and soundman
on dozens of TV docs and recently second unit cameraman
on Touching the Void.
* Accessories & lighting. Make the difference in
adventure filming – tripods, mounts, tracking, helmet
cams & batteries. Presented by David Phillips from
Visual Impact (supplier of broadcast
and professional video equipment) - using all the
feedback Dave has had over the years from various camera
operators and their work in difficult and varied
situations he will assess the a wide variety of
* Sound recording in difficult environments.
Discussions led by James Butler – an experienced
soundman, covering documentaries, video and film dramas,
commercials, corporates etc. In addition James is an
editor and therefore has a good understanding of the
requirements of sound beyond location work. (Courtesy of
* Making a successful adventure film -story board and
narrative. Richard Else director of Triple Echo
Productions and Professor of Media Production at the
University of Teesside. He is one of the most successful
adventure documentary filmmakers. Richard was
instrumental in leading early developments in desktop
editing - making prime time television using Apple's
Final Cut Pro system. However, he believes many
potentially good adventure films are marred by a lack of
coherent narrative and structure and he will be focusing
on these aspects of filming in his workshop, using
examples of previous work.
* The making of Touching the Void. Production problem
solving. John Smithson from Darlow Smithson is producer
of the forthcoming feature film “Touching the Void” He
(and his company) have a track record second to none in
television documentary production. John will show a clip
from the film and describe the production issues in
filming in such difficult environments.
* Getting films on TV Mark Dyson – Executive
Producer of Raw Material Production Ltd who are
currently making 52 adventure and exploration films for
National Geographic Channel International.
* Legal problems in film industry - setting up
companies, negotiating rights to material. With Media
Business Advisor Jude Bell & Ian Sampson from
Media Lawyers Addleshaw Goddard. (Sponsored by media
Training North West)
* Health & Safety and Risk Assessment in extreme
environments. Annie Black is an experience Health &
Safety in the film industry and Brian Hall (from High
Exposure) has worked as a mountain guide, safety expert
and rigger on many docs a features involving climbing,
skiing and ice / cold environments. (Sponsored by media
Training North West)
Extra thanks must be given to Graham Hoyland for the
concept and Lynne McCadden and Ruth Schofield of MTNW
for their support and
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