Screen Talk: Industry experts share their stories

With the 10th Anniversary programme of events well underway we have had two great evenings of Q&A with experts from within the Film and Television industry.

March saw the start of our screen talk series, with Location Managers Leon Seth, Jamie Sumner and Jonathan Davis.

Starting at the beginning we found out that there is no formal qualification and the three had taken different paths working through a number of different jobs to get to their current role.

It was clear though that there are a number of key attributes required for being a location manager including great communication skills and being able to quickly problem solve.

What they do is really the tip of the iceberg for bringing a production to town and from that first knock at the door there is a massive amount of work and crew that follow!  Juggling the requests of directors and producers and managing the relationship with site owners it’s almost as if a key part of the job is needing eyes in the back of your head… especially when Lenny Henry is loose with a tractor in a wild flower meadow!

In April we welcomed Bradfordian, Enzo Cilenti. We learnt about how his passion for acting began and how his early beginnings at Bradford Grammar owe a lot to David Hockney.

His route to the big screen took him through a number of different occupations including working as a bodyguard in Mexico, before eventually joining the university theatre club and reigniting the love of acting.

Enzo gave us an insight into productions such as Guardians of the Galaxy, where what we thought was green screen was in fact a set build in an aircraft carrier sized studio.  The Game of Thrones dragons however a little less real and interaction is actually a with a tennis ball on a stick!

Sustained by a hunger for great projects and stories, Enzo’s upcoming project will be his ‘love letter to Bradford’ and will be a production set and filmed in the city.

Both talks have given audiences and new insight into the film and television industry from behind and in front of the camera.  Join us for our next talk on the 9 May 2019 with GPs Behind Closed Doors Series Producer, Rebecca Parnell. Tickets available here