Spanner's Weekend Of
Techniques and Secrets
- 13th / 14th April 2013 -
Everything you need to know to make
independent documentaries with
no crew, commission or contacts
... and still get 62 million viewers
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-> APOLOGIES, but we have had to postpone this year's SWOTS course as our new film project has just taken an extremely exciting new turn and we need the weekend of April 13/14 back. We have reimbursed everyone who had already booked and plan to reschedule the course later in the year. Sorry, Franny & Lizzie
-> STOP PRESS - After the rip-roaring success of SWOTS 2011 and 2012 - see pictures and over-the-top feedback here ("the Earth didn't stop moving for me") - we've decided to make it a yearly thing <-
THE TWO DAY INSANELY FAST LECTURE COURSE INCLUDES
... more than 1,000 tips and secrets from every stage of making documentaries - from idea to broadcast - from crowdfunding to Indie Screenings - from cameras to editing - from interviewing to subtitles - from journalist visas to jail detentions - from 20% VAT to 5.1 surround sound - from translators & animators to websites & DVDs - from lighting with no lights to fundraising from your kitchen - from satellite link-ups in the Himalayas tosimultaneous screenings in 700 cinemas in 63 countries - from ambushing politicians to arguing on Newsnight - from recording orchestras to persuading Radiohead to play live - from screenings in tribal Indian villages with no electricity to international TV broadcast deals...
PLUS WE'LL EXPLAIN HOW
... to maximise the real-world impact of your films. We were stunned when our first film, McLibel, led to a change in the law about advertising junk food to kids, as well as playing a big part in the sea-change in public attitudes to healthy eating. Then, within a month of Age of Stupid's release, after Pete Postlethwaite had ambushed Ed Miliband and threatened to return his OBE to the Queen, we had precipitated a "complete re-write of UK energy policy". This success inspired us to come up with something even bigger: four months later we launched our 10:10 campaign, which now operates in 42 countries and counts Colin Firth, Spurs FC, Adidas, Mexico City, London Zoo and the UK Government amongst its followers. To top it all, Age of Stupid was one of the finalists up for the first-ever Puma Impact Award - with a 50,000 euro prize - to "honour the documentary film creating the most significant impact in the world".
... all our SWOTS will get a chance to pitch their film ideas to leading documentary distributor Oli Harbottle from Dogwoof (see below for Oli info). It'll be Oli's pleasure to applaud, advise or tear apart your documentary ideas in terms of whether they could ever find an audience.
YOU’LL ALSO RECEIVE
* A Dropbox folder containing a complete bundle of legal docs you'll need to produce your film, including our crowd-funding agreements, budgets, release forms, treatments, music cue sheets, copyright agreements and distribution contracts.
* A Spanner Films boxset containing DVDs of our films Age of Stupid, McLibel and Drowned Out (but with no box)
* An Age of Stupid t-shirt which may or may not fit, as we only have a few sizes left
* Tea, coffee, biscuits
THE COURSE DOES NOT COVER
... how to spend three years and £65,000 at film school. Or how to run around after TV commissions.
WHEN, WHERE, SCHEDULE, SUGAR
Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th April 2013 in Camden, London. Tea, coffee, fruit juice, tap water, croissants and biscuits will be provided. Please bring your own sandwiches for lunch each day - you won't be wanting to pop out to buy food as there will be film screenings during lunch.
Sat 13th April: 10am->7pm. All day lectures with Franny and Lizzie, covering The Idea, Pre-Production, Fundraising, Legals and Production. Presentation from Charlie Phillips on making the most of festivals. Screening of "The Making of The Age of Stupid" at lunch. Screening of "Drowned Out" from 5.30->7pm.
Sun 14th April: 10am->5pm->pub. All day lectures with Franny and Lizzie covering Distribution, Promotion and Campaigning. Late morning advice session with Jess Search. Screening of "Age of Stupid UK Premiere" and "Cinema Jalsindhi" at lunch. Afternoon pitching and distribution session with Oli Harbottle and Franny Armstrong. Evening in pub, if anyone has the stamina.
YOUR TEACHERS ARE
Franny has been called a "21st Century Heroine" by Harper's Bizarre, an "Eco Hero of the Decade" by The Guardian, one of London's 1,000 most influential people by The Evening Standard, one of the world's "Top 100 Women" by the Guardian and "Green Personality of the Year" by Edie. She is a Londoner born and bred.
|-> More about Oli|
AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS
... part with your cash.
Full price = £400 +VAT = £480
Early Birds = £325 +VAT = £390 - for bookings made before end of March 16th
Shooting People discount = £325 +VAT = £390 - for members of Shooting People
Students/OAPs/Unemployed = £260 +VAT = £312 - proof required
Spanner Films volunteers = £0 - anyone who has already done a month or more volunteer work at SF