We were already half way through the festival and it had flown by! But there was still much more exciting speakers and screenings to come.
Kicking things off on the Sunday was Michael Eaton again but this time he went much more in to detail about what he does and gave advice on script writing and story. Most of the day was hosted at the Galleries of Justice museum just down the road from the Nottingham Contemporary and we got set up in the court room, which was a sight to behold by itself. After Michael arrived RED cameras who are specialist producers of cameras and camera equipment. RED gave us a look at the state of the art technology used at the highest production of filmmaking and exactly what that could achieve.
The next guest speaker was Bill Creber who was a former production designer in Hollywood. Bill worked on epics such as Planet of the Apes, The Poseidon Adventure & Towering Inferno. He was such an experienced man with remarkable tales of working on such incredible set pieces. He told us how they decided upon the big Statue of Liberty reveal in the original Planet of the Apes ending and described the challanges of designing set pieces that could be of earth origin but would not be too obvious. When talking about the Posiedon adventure it was intriguing listening to him talk about the struggles of filming a huge ship being turned upside down and the techniques they used to simulate this. It was such an interesting talk about films that I have always admired and that made the day extra special.
The morning of the Sunday could have been criticized for being too descriptive and not very interactive for the audience to learn anything or to help them get involved in the industry. This is why throughout the day we ran something called a meet market. This was where local film or production companies came in and set up stalls so they could interact with members of the public and also each other. This was done for the whole day alongside the guest speakers so that people could come and leave as they pleased. We had local a local camera equipment company, other local film festivals, national film companies and more set up a stall. This allowed members of the public to come in and interact with people already working in the industry and learn from them or even find potential employment opportunities around Nottingham. This was definitely one of the aims of the festival as Nottingham is not well known as a creative, film & Tv city so we wanted to encourage local talent or aspirerers to get together and help each other.
Finally at the end of the day we had the Extreme Shorts category screened at Rough Trade. I don’t know if you’ve seen many 90 second films but after that screening I suggest that you do! It was incredible what some people could create with only 90 seconds available and it was definitely and ending to remember.