Raindance Film School executives and invited filmmakers discuss the future of film production in the light of the pandemic. There are no past experiences that can help us in how best to make films and run movie sets under the health restrictions. Join filmmakers who are sharing toolkit examples from Covid-safe productions, including this year’s Raindance Film Festival trailer which was produced using the UK’s guidelines.
Speakers: Zoran Veljkovic, Simon Hunter, Justin Shevlin, George d’Amato
Hosted by Elliot Grove
About the Host:
Elliot Grove is an author, educator and filmmaker. He founded Raindance in 1992 and the British Independent Film Awards in 1998.
About the Speakers:
Zoran Veljkovic is British Cinematographer (born in Serbia) with over 30 years behind the camera.
Zoran was classically trained in Eastern Europe where he studied the art and craft of cinematography. He received a BA from the University of Arts, Belgrade (Specialising in Film and TV Camera).
A DoP since 1985, Zoran has assembled a serious body of work. He has been living and working in the UK since 1991. His feature films have won BAFTA and EMI nominations as well as prestigious festival awards around the world. He received Best Cinematography Awards for his work on feature films “Bridge”, “After Fall, Winter” and “Sicilian Dream”.
Simon Hunter is an international award winning director of feature films and commercials. He specialises in landscapes, nature and the outdoors coupled with strong and engaging performances.
He has directed three feature films with a fourth due to shoot next year. His first film, aged seventeen years old, was a 16mm documentary set in the jungles of the Congo. Simon is renowned for eliciting outstanding performances from his actors. He has directed John Malkovich, Thomas Jane, John Hurt and Ron Perlman.
His most recent star was the legendary British actress Sheila Hancock in his film EDIE which debuted at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The indy feature sets in the highlands of Scotland.
Simon has also won many awards for his debut feature film LIGHTHOUSE and his visual effects heavy second feature THE MUTANT CHRONICLES. Scenes from LIGHTHOUSE were featured in the New Directors advertising showcase in Cannes. His commercial work include spots for British Airways, Royal Sun and Alliance and The British Heart Foundation. He is represented for commercials at leading London production company 76Ltd and for features and television by UTA talent agency in Los Angeles.
Justin Shevlin is an Anglo-Irish actor, writer and director whose theatre work has included the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe and in London’s West End. He has also appeared on British TV and Film in one off and serial dramas, such as ‘The Honourable Woman’, ‘The Plastic Man’, ‘New Tricks’ and ‘Waking the Dead.
As a director, alongside narrative work, he has also worked in advertising with the agency Freeform Worldwide for clients as diverse as Lionsgate Films, Barclays Bank, Google and The British Summertime Festival. He is currently the Undergraduate Programme Director at the Raindance Film School.
This Panel discussion is part of the Raindance Film Festival Industry Programme: Independent Film Beyond 2020. To access all panels purchase the UK All Access or International All Access Pass from £14.99.