Filmmakers' Masterclass with Paul Fraser

Writer and director Paul Fraser (Twenty Four Seven, A Room for Romeo Brass, Somers Town, Dead Man’s Shoes, My Brothers) joins us for a filmmakers' masterclass in Newcastle on Tuesday 03 December.

As his long term collaborator Shane Meadows puts it: “Paul is a genius. He eats too much cheddar and he always smells of biscuits, but there’s no other mind quite as broken and brilliant as his.” 

The masterclass will be a prelude to an intensive three-day developmental workshop for ten participants which we will be running with Paul early in 2014. Those interested in applying for the workshop are strongly recommended to attend the masterclass.

The day will be split into two session, the first reviewing Paul’s career by thinking about collaboration, and the afternoon focusing on ideas generation. There will be a one hour lunch break. 

Morning: A Career in Film

Focusing on Paul’s long-standing collaborations with Shane Meadows, the morning session will explore the nature of collaboration – from both a writer’s and director’s perspective. It will take the form of a Master Class, showing examples of Paul’s work drawn from his 16 year career.

Examining his career chronologically, the session will consider how his creative process has evolved over the years, discussing developments and key moments of learning.

Afternoon: Idea Generation and Development

The afternoon session offers a mixture of practical advice and group exercises aimed at giving the participants a deeper understanding of the nature of generating ideas.

It will explore notions of:

  • How to find an idea
  • How to explore the idea and expand it into a story
  • How to evolve the story into a film narrative
  • Exploring drama as a catalyst for story

The workshop offers a contrived approach to generating and idea from ‘the self’, expanding it through collaboration and developing it into a fully formed story.

During the session participants will each create a film idea and evolve them together. The quality of the ideas isn’t the point – the aim is to show how to generate and progress stories using a simple structural device.

The conclusion to the session will be the presentation of a diagnostic tool to help the writer check for problems and issues within their idea. This tool will help the writer discover where their story isn’t working and offer insights into potential fixes.

When: Tuesday 03 December, 11.00am – 4.00pm (registration from 10.45am)

Where: Toffee Factory, Lower Steenbergs Yard, Ouseburn, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 2DF. (For a map and travel info please click here.)

To book your place please click here. Thanks to the support of our funders standard tickets are available at the subsidised price of £10. Tickets which include lunch are available for £18. Numbers are strictly limited and availability is first-come-first-served. 

Payments are processed via PayPal and may be made either with a PayPal account or with credit/debit card. We regret that we are unable to invoice or take payment by cheque. Please note that refunds cannot be made within a week of the event (i.e. after 11am on Tuesday 26 Nov).


About Paul Fraser

Paul Fraser and Shane Meadows began their careers with a trilogy of films about life in their East Midlands hometown: Twenty Four Seven (1998) A Room for Romeo Brass (1999) and Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2001).

Other screenwriting credits of Paul’s include Heartlands (Damien O’Donnell, 2002), Somers Town(Shane Meadows, 2008), My Father the Liar, and Tube Tales (Bob Hoskins, 2000) Dead Man’s Shoes (Shane Meadows, 2003)

As a Director Paul has made several shorts including the award-winning Scummyman (2006) and directed his first feature film, My Brothers, in 2011. He has also directed music videos for artists including the Arctic MonkeysTired Ponyand PlanB. 

Paul is currently developing scripts with Warp films and Tomboy films. For more, click here


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