This is the on-demand recording of the panel, to watch live on the 30th October please click here.
Raindance Film School executives and invited filmmakers discuss the future of the movie set in the light of the pandemic, sharing toolkit examples from Covid-safe productions, including this year’s Raindance Film Festival trailer which was produced using the UK’s guidelines.
Speakers: Zoran Veljkovic, Simon Hunter, Justin Shevlin, George d’Amato
Hosted by Elliot Grove
About the Speakers:
Zoran Veljkovic is British Cinematographer (born in Serbia) with over 30 years behind the camera. Zoran was classically trained in Eastern Europe where he studied the art and craft of cinematography. He received a BA from the University of Arts, Belgrade (Specialising in Film and TV Camera).
A DoP since 1985, Zoran has assembled a serious body of work. He has been living and working in the UK since 1991. His feature films have won BAFTA and EMI nominations as well as prestigious festival awards around the world. He received Best Cinematography Awards for his work on feature films “Bridge”, “After Fall, Winter” and “Sicilian Dream”.
Simon Hunter is an international award winning director of feature films and commercials. He specialises in landscapes, nature and the outdoors coupled with strong and engaging performances.
He has directed three feature films with a fourth due to shoot next year. His first film, aged seventeen years old, was a 16mm documentary set in the jungles of the Congo. Simon is renowned for eliciting outstanding performances from his actors. He has directed John Malkovich, Thomas Jane, John Hurt and Ron Perlman.
His most recent star was the legendary British actress Sheila Hancock in his film EDIE which debuted at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Simon has also won many awards for his debut feature film LIGHTHOUSE and his visual effects heavy second feature THE MUTANT CHRONICLES. Scenes from LIGHTHOUSE were featured in the New Directors advertising showcase in Cannes. His commercial work include spots for British Airways, Royal Sun and Alliance and The British Heart Foundation. He is represented for commercials at leading London production company 76Ltd and for features and television by UTA talent agency in Los Angeles.
George D’Amato is a feature film, television, commercial film maker, consultant, and teacher. This transplanted New Yorker grew up on beautiful Long Island New York. He is a graduate of 3 New York Institutes: The New York University Tisch school of the arts film school, The Actor’s Studio and The International Centre of Photography. His films are characterised by nonlinear storylines, satirical subject matter, and characteristic’s of neo-noir film. He is widely considered as great visual artist with a flair for touching, emotional stories. His work has been recognized by every notable film festival around the world. He wrote and directed a commercial for ESPN called “Balls” that debuted on the Super bowl. Meanwhile, his work for Highway speeding and cross gate mall remains in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Justin Shevlin is an Anglo-Irish actor, writer and director whose theatre work has included the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe and in London’s West End. He has also appeared on British TV and Film in one off and serial dramas, such as ‘The Honourable Woman’, ‘The Plastic Man’, ‘New Tricks’ and ‘Waking the Dead.
As a director, alongside narrative work, he has also worked in advertising with the agency Freeform Worldwide for clients as diverse as Lionsgate Films, Barclays Bank, Google and The British Summertime Festival. He is currently the Undergraduate Programme Director at the Raindance film School.