“Directors and… Producers and Actors”, with David Leon, Daisy Allsop and Giacomo Mancini (28 Jan)

Run by Northern Film & Media and Creative Skillset, “Directors and..” is a series of half day sessions aimed primarily at early career TV and film directors. Led by practitioners, the series is designed to help prepare attendees to take their careers to the next professional level by improving their understanding of how directors work successfully with and get the best out of HoDs, actors and other key colleagues.

“Directors and… Producers and Actors”, with director David Leon, producer Daisy Allsop and actor Giacomo Mancini, will cover all aspects of the relationship between Director, Producer and Actor in the life-cycle of a low budget UK feature, from pre-production to release. Drawing on the presenters' shared experience on the soon-to-be-released feature Orthodox, “Directors and… Producers and Actors" will provide an invaluable introduction to what you need to know as a director to ensure that these absolutely keys roles work fruitfully at an advanced professional level.

Class Outline:

  • Introductory overview of the Director’s, Producer’s and Actor’s roles and responsibilities – misconceptions and realities
  • Case study of Orthodox, on which the presenters have worked together
  • The dos and don’ts of how to manage the director/producer and director/actor relationship
  • How the roles interact: the practicalities of the producer’s and actor’s role, and what they mean from the director’s point of view through the production lifecycle:

                 - Pre-production
                 - Story development
                 - Financing, and the importance of producer-actor relationships
                 - Identifying audiences
                 - Casting
                 - Reading the script and offering feedback (from the actor’s perspective)
                 - Making the most of rehearsals
                 - The shoot
                 - Rethinking performance under direction (from the actor’s perspective)
                 - Budget control
                 - Working with directors and actors - organisation of production
                 - Working with directors and producers (from the actor’s perspective)
                 - Actors’ roles after the shoot: producer-actor relationships and promoting the film

  • Practical exercise for the group to work on
  • Q&A – a chance to put your questions to the presenters

Who’s this class for? 

“Directors and…Producers and Actors” is open to up to 15 ambitious early career directors and producers aiming to work in either film or network television drama.

You should have role-appropriate credits on at least two productions (shorts or longer form) and have some basic experience of how to work with professionals on set, but want to learn more and move your career to the next level. If in doubt about whether you are eligible to register please contact the organisers.


When: Thursday 28 January, 12.30pm – 5.30pm. (Registration from 12.15pm.)

Where: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Level 1), Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA

Cost: Places for “Directors and… Producers and Actors” are priced £5.

To register please click here.


About the presenters

David Leon

Screen International Star of Tomorrow, director David Leon was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. His short film ‘Man and Boy’ won Best Narrative Short at the Tribeca Film Festival and his script Driven appeared on the Brit list in 2013. ‘Orthodox’, Leon's third short film as writer/director, was accepted into several international festivals including the 58th BFI London Film Festival. The feature-length version of Orthodox was completed in 2015 and earned him a longlisting for the Douglas Hickox award by BIFA for best debut Director. 

Daisy Allsop

Producer Daisy Allsop began her career in UK distribution, followed by three years in acquisitions and development for international sales agent and financier Capitol Films. She moved into production, helping Nick Hirschkorn to launch Feel Films in 2004. As head of development for Feel she managed a slate of literary adaptations through development, production and distribution, and was Associate Producer on Feel’s production Skellig starring Tim Roth, John Simm and Kelly Macdonald. She worked with Enlightenment Films as a consultant and Associate Producer on I Can’t Think Straight and the multi award winning The World Unseen. As a producer, Daisy is working with director David Leon on a number of projects. She is also a script writer and works as a freelance script editor, story producer and acquisitions consultant.

Giacomo Mancini

Giacomo Mancini first rose to fame as an actor playing the role of Gem in the Channel 4 series Top Boy. He went on to play roles in Ripper Street and The IT Crowd and stars in Orthodox.  He will next be seen in the major motion picture Pan alongside Hugh Jackman.



Watch the trailer for Orthodox, exclusively hosted at Empire Online, here. The film goes on release on 19 February in Cinemas across the UK, and will be screeened as part of Picture House Tuesdays. The film's Facebook page is here; folow on Twitter here.


Other events in the series

  • “Directors and… Producers and Actors”, with director Nicky Higgins and production manager Addie Orfila (29 January). Click here for more info.
  • “Directors and… DOPs”, with director Roger Simonsz and DOP Sue Gibson BSC. Click here for more info.
  • “Directors and… Producers", with dierctor Gillies MacKinnon and producer Willy Wands (11 Feb). Click here for more info.


'Directors and...' is supported by Creative Skillset.






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