MONDAY 29 FEBRUARY
6pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Playfair Library, Old College
Do you want to work in the film and TV industry? Are you looking for advice from film-industry insiders? In this session, BAFTA Scotland New Talent award winners will talk informally about their creative journey since University; what skills and attributes are required; as well as hints and tips on what to watch out for and how to get ahead in Editing, Producing, Writing and Animating for Film and TV. After initial presentations there’ll be the opportunity for open questions to the speakers..
Lewis Bolton – ANIMATION
Lewis is a Scottish based designer specialising in motion graphics and traditional animation. Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2014 with a degree in Animation his final year film Domestic Appliances, a mix of traditional stop-motion animation and Cinema 4D VFX, did the international festival circuit, winning Best Animation at the 2015 BAFTA New Talent Awards and Best Animation at the 2015 Royal Television Society Scotland Awards. From there he worked for the Edinburgh based animation company Ko-Lik Films for a year, working in DragonFrame and After Effects as an animator and compositor on the BAFTA winning series The Ooglies. From there he joined PlayDead Ltd as a designer using Cinema 4D and the Adobe Creative Suite.
Ben Cook – EDITOR
Ben was introduced to films at a young age and soon developed a passion for them. He picked up a camera in school and was hooked from there. Ben was lucky enough to be accepted to study at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he spent three years honing his craft and gaining a BA in Digital Film & Television – specialising in editing. He then worked as a freelance editor and edit assistant and, in April 2015, won a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award for Best Editor for his work on the short film ‘The Scribbler’. Ben has just joined the Scottish Documentary Institute as Technical & Post Production coordinator.
Irune Gurtubai – PRODUCER
Irune Gurtubai produced her first feature film, Pikadero, in 2015. Pikadero premiered at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and is now traveling the international festival circuit, having been awarded the Critic’s Choice Award at Zurich Film Festival and FIPRESCI Award and Best Feature Award at Kiev International Film Festival, amongst others. In October 2014, Irune produced the teaser for Pikadero, which was adapted and made into the short film Patata Tortilla that won two BAFTA New Talent Awards for Best Drama and Best Script. She participated in MEDIA Europe’s ENGAGE co-production programme and was selected for the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Talent Lab. Irune has also worked as a Line Producer and a script developer for feature film, as well as a Production Coordinator for high budget TV commercials for brands such as Estée Lauder and Cartier.
Ben Sharrock – WRITER/DIRECTOR
Ben Sharrock is an award winning writer and director known for his unique sense of style and voice. At the age of 26, Ben shot his debut feature film, Pikadero which premiered at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in September 2015 and has already picked up six awards in international Film festivals including the prestigious “FIPRESCI Award”. While originally from Scotland, Ben has been hailed as “A new voice in Spanish cinema” and “A name to look out for” by Filmmaker Magazine. Ben’s previous short film work garnered four BAFTA New Talents, including, “Best Drama” and “Best Writer” for Patata Tortilla in 2015. Ben graduated from The University of Edinburgh with a Degree in Arabic and Politics before gaining an MA with Distinction in Film Directing from the Screen Academy Scotland and then an MFA in Advanced Film Practice, for which he was awarded the Rafford Scholarship. Ben is represented for film and television by Troika in London and for commercials by Pretzel Films and Freak Films.