Making Your First Blockbuster


[NEW] Making Your First Blockbuster


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Next Date:
Tuesday 14th May, 18:30-21:00
Single evening
Address: Raindance Film Centre, 10a Craven Street, London, WC2N 5PE
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A fast and furious talk on how best to make your next blockbuster based on Paul Dudbridge’s book Making Your First Blockbuster. This course is for you whether the film is a 2-hander in your parents front room or your new £5m genre film. Packed with hints, tips, and approaches based on the author’s own experiences in making films over the last 20 years. Using examples from the book, Paul will cover the essentials to make your new blockbuster the best it can be.

What will it cover?

    By the end of the class, you’ll have a better understanding and insights in:

  • Writing heroes and villains
  • Introduction to character
  • Writing action
  • Producing – Tips on saving money/budget
  • Marketing/social media
  • Casting
  • Coverage when shooting action or large scale
  • How make scenes look more cinematic
  • Lighting fast
  • Filming shoot-outs/fights
  • Using firearms
  • Special effects – fire, explosions, rain, snow
  • Editing – suspense and action
  • Understanding visual effects
  • When and why to have music
  • Post sound

Who is it for?

This talk is suitable for people who have a solid foundation of filmmaking and will cover the areas of writing, producing, directing, editing, and cinematography, but also to those looking to expand their knowledge in other areas such as visual effects, stunts, action, and special effects.

About the book

“Making Your First Blockbuster” is a brand new film-making book aimed at the intermediate/professional film-maker and is written by Paul Dudbridge. It covers writing, directing, cinematography, editing, special effects, visual effects, action, stunts, and working with firearms. The opening line of the introduction reads “I wanted to write the book I wish I had when I was 18.“

The new book is very conversational in style, and contains many helpful tools, tips, and techniques to help other film-makers coming up. The publisher, Michael Wiese Productions, also released titles such as “Save the Cat”, “Shot by Shot” and “The Writer’s Journey”.

About the Tutor

Paul Dudbridge is a British director, producer, and cinematographer. As a producer and director, he helmed the science-fiction series/feature film, “Horizon”, which went on to win a number of awards at international film festivals, as well as earning him a Best Drama Director nomination at the Royal Television Society awards here in the UK. This year he’s producing horror feature film “Hobbes House”, and producing and directing a re-imagining of H.G. Wells’s classic novel, The Invisible Man, titled “Fear the Invisible Man”, which goes in to production this Summer.

When not filming, Paul guest lectures at various universities and colleges around the country. Most recently, he ran the Writing and Directing module for the Masters course at the University of Bristol, taught Cinematography at Falmouth Film School, and Advanced Cinematography workshops for BECTU, the UK’s media and entertainment trade union. His first book, Shooting Better Movies: The Student Filmmakers’ Guide, was released by Michael Wiese Productions in 2017.

Industry reviews for Making Your First Blockbuster:

“What a great book! Can’t recommend this enough. Practical, experienced advice on all aspects of film making, from start to finish. I’m going to recommend this to my students. I wish I’d had this book when starting out”.
– Dean Cundey A.S.C., Director of Photography (Jurassic Park, Back to the Future trilogy, Apollo 13)

“An absolute wealth of filmic knowledge. Jam-packed with essential skills and techniques for both amateurs and veterans alike.”
– John Badham, Film Director (Bird on a Wire, The Hard Way, Drop Zone)

“Intelligent, informative, and creative in all areas of film making. A must read if you have any visual effects in your movie.”
– John Swinnerton, Visual Effects Artist (King Kong, Casino Royale, London Has Fallen)

“Making Your First Blockbuster is a must-read for anyone producing or directing anything, and I wish I’d had it at hand from my earliest student film days. With clarity and a passion for excellence, Paul Dudbridge demystifies some of the most challenging aspects of film storytelling, covering everything from script and character development to making explosions look real. If you read this and absorb its lessons you can show up on set with confidence and lead your crew to blockbuster success.”
– Christopher Vogler – Author of the best-selling book “The Writer’s Journey”


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