The Producers' Forum
Training Lobbying and Networking for the Midlands' creative community


A list of all upcoming Producers' Forum events for creatives in the West Midlands

Making your first blockbuster with Paul Dudbridge
5:45 PM17:45

Making your first blockbuster with Paul Dudbridge

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“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”.

Paul will be talking about his book and showing some clips. After the talk books will be available for purchase and he will be signing.

Book here

Author bio:

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 “Hobbe’s 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.”

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Albert sustainable production training
2:30 PM14:30

Albert sustainable production training

Producers’ Forum is delighted to welcome Albert Sustainable Production team up for a day of training.

The training is one day where we teach the participants about the science behind climate change and what we can do to reduce our impact, focusing on production. Participants will be presented with

  • a detailed introduction to climate change and its personal and professional implications

  • an opportunity to explore the environmental impact of professional and personal activity

  • a summary of the roles of government, businesses and communities

  • examples of good practice, tools and practical solutions to support positive action

  • the skills to appraise performance and the inspiration to take further actionFurther details to be announced shortly together with a sign up link.

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BFI NETWORK. What is it and what can it support?
5:30 PM17:30

BFI NETWORK. What is it and what can it support?

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Are you looking to secure funding to produce your own film?

At BFI Network we know that for filmmakers, securing funding to produce their vision can be one of the most challenging parts of the job. Understanding what funders want to see?  Even more so.

BFI NETWORK exists to discover, develop,  support and fund new and emerging storytellers. 

We look for original voices and unique ideas.

This screening and Q&A offers Midlands talent the chance to see the work of their peers and work out where their own original voice can find a place in a competitive funding landscape. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with BFI NETWORK Talent Executive for the Midlands, Alexzandra Jackson where she will answer any questions on the two NETWORK funds and give some tips on applying. Further networking and conversation will then take place in the bar.

For more information about the funds:

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First Monday Networking
12:00 AM00:00

First Monday Networking

Join members of the film community at this monthly networking event. It’s free and all are welcomed. No need to register, just come along!

Tonight, meet our new CEO Alison Grade and get a chance to ask your questions about the Forum and its future. 

*Please note that due to a recent takeover, our usual venue of Edmunds Brewhouse is now unable to hold our event. We have moved temporarily to the Cosy Club on Bennett's Hill*

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Forum Bytes
12:00 AM00:00

Forum Bytes

Forum Bytes ‒ when Forum Members share their work on the large screen. All are welcomed but only Forum members’ work will be eligible for screening.  (Good reason to join?)

This screening event is part of our regular networking so you can chat more about your work to interested parties. This is a great opportunity for members to share new and existing work. We are looking to screen only short pieces of work, including adverts, promos, trailers and music videos. If you have a project that is over ten minutes, a documentary or a feature film, then this is also a great chance to screen a trailer or clip from longer formatted work of any genre.

So show us your shorts and show us what you’re currently working on. Any genre including promos, adverts and well, anything you can throw at us.

The event is compered by Forum board member and co-founder Mark Pressdee. Mark has hosted and compered short film nights for years in the region, including collaborating on past events such as Exploding Cinema for Birmingham International Film Festival, Film First, Fix Films, Bizarro TV and Local Shorts Film Club. So we are hoping for a fun but informal night with a chance for Q&As about your work. It is also an opportunity for you to get feedback on a work in progress.

Networking from 7:00pm and screening starts promptly at 7:30pm.

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