Fireside chat with Dave McKean | Raindance Film Festival

The Lockdown Sessions: Fireside chat with Dave McKean

(4 customer reviews)


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At a glance

  • Welcome to Raindance Lockdown Sessions
  • Enjoy professional film education wherever you are
  • An hour of short sharp advice from a leading professional
Having worked across mediums, in visual art, graphic novels, music and film, Dave McKean is one of the most unique creative minds of our time. In this fireside chat, he will be discussing his creative process, how he develops an idea and executes it, the joys and pitfalls of collaboration, and how to harness creativity when you’re under pressure.

Who it’s for:

Creatives of all stripes who want to develop their creative process and learn from another creative mind.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to develop an idea
  • How to take an idea and execute it
  • How to navigate collaboration
  • How to stay creative under pressure

About Dave McKean

Writer, musician, illustrator and filmmaker Dave McKean has illustrated seven Raindance Film Festival posters from 1997-2002 & 2016. In 1999, he wrote and directed the second Raindance Film Festival trailer.

As an illustrator, he has collaborated with Neil Gaiman on many projects including Sandman and Mr. Punch. With Grant Morrison, he created Arkham Asylum. He also wrote and illustrated the award-winning novel Cages and the 14-18 Now WW1 centenary commission Black Dog: the Dreams of Paul Nash which was performed live at the Somme memorial and at Tate Britain in 2016.

Dave has created hundreds of award-winning publishing and music industry works for, amongst others, Stephen King, Richard Dawkins, Lars von Trier, Ray Bradbury, David Almond, John Cale, The Rolling Stones, Tori Amos, Alice Cooper, Altan, Counting Crows, Michael Nyman, Roy Harper, Bill Bruford, Iain Ballamy and Dream Theatre.

Dave began an ongoing working relationship with Heston Blumenthal on The Big Fat Duck book and Historic Heston. He has contributed murals, package design, wallpaper, maps, and various other graphic works to The Fat Duck and the Hinds Head in Bray, Dinner in London and in Melbourne, and is director of Story at the Duck.

Dave’s debut feature, MirrorMask premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. His third feature, Luna premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, won Best British Feature at the Raindance Festival and the Raindance Award at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs). Luna has been acquired by the BBC for US distribution and has played at many festivals around the world.


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4 reviews for The Lockdown Sessions: Fireside chat with Dave McKean

  1. Cian O’Leary (verified owner)

    A fascinating and inspiring man. I immediately went and bought one of the books he illustrated after listening to the chat.

  2. Michael (verified owner)

    Enjoyed the chat and questions but picture and audio quality was poor. My connection also dropped for ten minutes, but this may be due to the internet my end.

  3. Ana Ramos (verified owner)

    All along the chat, I felt that on screen, there was a friend giving me precious advice on a filmmaking career. It was a great session that left music, beatiful visuals and writing inspiration on my mind.


    I found the talk so interesting, particularly the discussion about Mr Punch

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