First Monday get together and networking

Screen Central’s regular first Monday get together is here again. Come down for a drink and meet other like-minded professionals from across the screen community in the West Midlands.

DATE: Monday 4th March 2019

LOCATION: LG04, Zellig, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AT

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DESIGN LAB 2: Building Blocks: Next Steps to Building our Creative Screen Sector

04 April 2019

Following on from the West Midlands Screen Bureau's (WMSB) first design lab they are pleased to announce the date and theme for the second lab. 


Making your first blockbuster with Paul Dudbridge

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.”