The production stage of making a film can often be the most stressful and challenging for filmmakers. Between securing the finances and distributing the film you have to actually make it and, depending on the project at hand, this can mean an immense amount of preparation, planning and creativity. How do you make 3 locations look like a single street? How do you secure the right person, for the right job, for the right amount of time and money? What are the challenges involved with street casting? When every day on set costs thousands of pounds in production costs, how do you make sure you stick to schedule and don’t go over budget? Join BIFA-nominated producers as they give insight into the highs and lows of producing their films. This panel will focus on nominees for the BIFA ‘Achievement in Production’ award, which recognizes exceptional endeavor and achievement by producers.
Claire Jones – Producer
Claire Jones produced her first feature film, Kill List, in 2011. Ben Wheatley’s Kill List, selected for a number of festivals and winning multiple awards, including six nominations at the British Independent Film Awards and Best Horror at the Empire Awards, was released theatrically in the US and the UK to much critical acclaim.
Her second feature film, Sightseers, a black comedy directed by Ben Wheatley (produced with Rook Films and Big Talk Pictures) was selected for Directors’ fortnight in Cannes and had its theatrical release in 2012, winning many awards, including Best British Film at the Empire Movie Awards.
A Field In England, Claire’s third film with Wheatley and Film4, also a hit at various festivals, had a successful multi-platform release in 2013.
In 2006, she set up one of the first online content companies, creating original online content for the BBC and top advertising agencies, winning numerous awards at Cannes Lions, BTAA’s and the Webby Awards. Filming all over the globe, she’s produced numerous commercials, music videos and short films including an Emmy nominated short film for Outstanding Online Comedy.
Dominic Buchanan - Producer
Selected as the only producer to appear on Screen Daily's 'Stars of Tomorrow 2012' and subsequently appearing in 2013 Screen Daily’s ‘Future Leader: Producer’ list. Dominic has forged an in depth career in the UK film industry. He has worked at The Weinstein Company (2008) in acquisitions and production at the London office, Universal Pictures International (2009) in the co-productions and acquisitions department and Qwerty Films (2010-2012), under revered UK film producer Michael Kuhn as head of development. His first feature "Gimme The Loot" won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW, then had its International debut at Cannes in Un Certain Regard and was later that year nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. In May 2012 he then became Head of Film & Original Content at Stink, and his second feature "Lilting" opened the World Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2014 and won the prize for Best Cinematography, it also was nominated for three British Independent Film Awards, and a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut for Hong Khaou, its writer/director. He has since gone on to produce “King Jack” and “The Boombox Project” for Stink.
Dominic was appointed Vice President of Production & Development at Bold Films in February 2015 and is amassing a slate of quality feature films whilst expanding the company’s operation out of the UK.
Barry Ryan – Head of Production, Warp Films
Barry Ryan is the Head of Production for Warp Films, and is responsible for production across both the Warp Films Feature and Television slate.
Since line-producing Warp's first production, Chris Morris' short My Wrongs 8245-8249 &117, which won the BAFTA in 2003, and Dead Man's Shoes, Warp's first feature, directed by Shane Meadows, Barry has been involved with the production of all of the Warp Films' slate.
He produced 2007s Grow Your Own, written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Carl Hunter and co-produced Kill List and For Those In Peril. Most recently, Barry is a producer on The Last Panthers, a six part TV drama written by Jack Thorne and directed by Johan Renck, for Sky Atlantic and Canal+.
Dead Man's Shoes, Hush, Bunny & The Bull, Kill List, Tyrannosaur , Berberian Sound Studio and '71 have all been nominated for "best achievement in production" at the BIFAs, with Bunny & The Bull receiving the award in 2009 and Berberian Sound Studio receiving the award in 2012.
Mike Elliott – Producer
Mike Elliott is the co-founder and lead Producer at EMU Films.
Recent producing credits include Daniel Wolfe’s debut CATCH ME DADDY, which premiered at Director’s Fortnight in Cannes, and Guy Myhill’s debut feature THE GOOB, included as part of Venice Film Festival 2014. Both were released in 2015 in the UK and have won awards at Festivals including London, Stockholm and Karlovy Vary, with THE GOOB winning the Golden Hitchcock at Dinard Film Festival.
Prior to establishing EMU Films, Mike Elliott worked as Assistant Director on 40 feature films alongside Lars Von Trier, Michael Winterbottom, Woody Allen, Jane Campion, Lynne Ramsay, Matthew Vaughan and many others.
He has production experience in Africa, China, Europe, US and the Middle East.
He line produced in Iran THE ROAD TO GUNATANAMO, winner of the Silver Bear at Berlin, co-produced Samantha Morton’s BAFTA winning film THE UNLOVED and produced under the PLAYHOUSE banner, a number of single dramas for SKY TV.
Jim Wilson – Producer
Most recently Wilson produced Jonathan Glazer's UNDER THE SKIN, a Venice competition entry which was BAFTA-nominated for Outstanding British Film and Original Music, Best International Film at the Spirit Awards, Best Picture at the Gothams, and awarded British Film of the Year by the London Critics Circle. And Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH, which won Directing and Editing awards at Sundance 2014, Best Debut Director at the BIFAs and was nominated for Best Documentary at the BAFTAs, and the Spirit Awards.
Previously he produced Sophie Fiennes' THE PERVERTS GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY, Joe Cornish's ATTACK THE BLOCK, James Marsh's THE KING - an official selection at Cannes - and executive produced Edgar Wright's SHAUN OF THE DEAD.
After studying at the American Film Institute, he began his career as a production executive at Fox Searchlight Pictures, and then FilmFour working on a range of films including SEXY BEAST, DANCER IN THE DARK, THE FILTH AND THE FURY, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, THE FULL MONTY, NIL BY MOUTH and THE LOW DOWN.