What is Triangle Toolkit?

Triangle Toolkit is an online resource aimed at supporting filmmakers (or aspiring filmmakers) across the North through a series of podcasts and videos, tips from industry insiders, training resources, events and networking opportunities. Triangle Toolkit will be regularly added to and updated so make sure you check back to get the latest information.

Intro

The following sessions were recorded throughout the six-month development programme of Triangle workshops and events, with speakers from Vertigo, Raindance, Salt, Britdoc & Guerilla Films, along with leading screenwriters, producers and directors from the UK film industry.

final-pitch-panelTriangle - Round-up & Final Pitch Day!
Watch this video to get an overview and see some highlights of the six month Triangle development programme. Hugo Heppell, Head of Production at Screen Yorkshire, talks about the aims and success of Triangle, which saw 80 talented filmmakers from across the North of England brought together and whittled down to 15 finalists. See a snapshot from some of the leading industry speakers who took part in the workshops and events and get a glimpse of the final three teams as they pitch their projects in front of industry industry panel, including representatives from Revolver, BFI, Salt and Film 4. Watch video: Triangle - Round-up & Final Pitch Day!

piers-tempestFocus on Film Marketing and Distribution, With Piers Tempest, Salt: Part 1
Piers Tempest, Head of Production at International Sales Agent Salt explains the complexities of international film sales, a reality for any feature film producer; from securing pre sales and attracting a sales agent to hooking in distributors and the end consumer – your audience. Piers pinpoints pitfalls and pitch must haves to ensure you are taken seriously and have a chance at success in an overcrowded and highly competitive marketplace. How do distributors calculate the worth of your project and what are the current market trends? Watch Video: Focus on Film Marketing and Distribution, With Piers Tempest, Salt: Part 1

Focus on Film Marketing and Distribution, With Piers Tempest, Salt: Part 2
In part 2, Piers outlines strategies and tips for securing pre-sales for your feature film in foreign territories. Piers talks about co-production as a route into international markets and runs through a checklist of must haves and stumbling blocks when it comes to pitching feature film to sales agents and distributors. Watch video: Focus on Film Marketing and Distribution, With Piers Tempest, Salt: Part 2

isabelle-steadWhere is The Money Part 1: The Future for Production and Commissioning with Isabelle Stead
As the landscape of public funding changes and the purse strings pass on to new organisations, just where can producers find their funding from and secure commissions for the future? Isabelle Stead, producer and company director at Human Film, gives a detailed account of her complex, but ultimately successful journey as producer on her first feature film, the multi award winning international co-production ‘Son of Babylon’. From establishing a partnership with director Mohammed Al-Daradji and setting up Human Film, Isabelle guides us through strategies for tracking down funding; from targeting key festival markets to pitching to financiers and the significance of commercial viability. Watch video

alex-usborneWhere Is The Money? Part 2: The Future for Production & Commissioning with Alex Usborne
Alex Usborne (Picture Palace North, 104 Films) is an experienced producer, with a catalogue of award winning feature films and documentaries under his belt including cult hits The Acid House and Tales from A Hard City. More recently, Alex has emerged as a filmmaker and education specialist with an agenda for social change, running the highly successful scheme for disabled filmmakers, Magic Hour. Alex uses the trajectory of his career so far to illustrate mechanisms for adapting to change and developing your business acumen. Topics include; the importance of long term strategic planning, finding your niche, attracting finance and using clever marketing to generate your publicity. Watch video
Alternatively, listen to the session in full in our podcast.
Download "Where Is The Money? The Future for Production & Commissioning"
Duration: 1:00, 20.7 MB

alby-jamesThe Art of Pitching and Presenting your Production
Experienced producer and screenwriting expert Alby James talks through the process of selling your project; from the crucial one page outline that will help you secure funding, to nailing that log line to ensure that your production stands out in the TV listings mag. Using examples of well known films, other considerations covered include; identifying & translating your genre, character exploration, knowing and targeting your market and making  your project timely and relevant. Watch video
Alternatively, listen to the session in full in our series of podcasts.
Download "The Art of Pitching and Presenting your Production: Part 1"
Duration: 26:13, 12.0 MB
Download "The Art of Pitching and Presenting your Production: Part 2"
Duration: 34:30, 15.8 MB
Download "The Art of Pitching and Presenting your Production: Part 3"
Duration: 40:34, 18.6 MB

tony-grisoniFear & Loathing in British Film: In Conversation with Tony Grisoni
British Screenwriter Tony Grisoni (Red Riding, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) talks to Bill Lawrence (Reel Solutions) about his career to date, from directing and producing short films, to emerging as an internationally renowned screenwriter. Topics include the provenance of his successful partnership with Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Tideland), the process from book to script and what inspires him as a filmmaker; from collecting stories to drawing on real life experiences. Watch video
Alternatively, listen to the session in full in our podcast.
Download "Fear & Loathing in British Film: In Conversation with Tony Grisoni" Duration: 1:06 hrs, 19.0 MB

having-the-edgeLow Budget Filmmaking - Having The Edge Over Your Competition

This session with, SarahSarahphotogirl, Elliot Grove, Raindance Film Festival and Michelle Eastwood, Escape Films focuses on how to market and sell yourself on a microbudget. Forget about sending your CV out into the ether and hoping for the best, you need to think about tweeting your career, maximising your online presence and getting out there. Topics covered include PR versus advertising, marketing and branding, identifying your USP, tricks to maximise your social networking strategy and the importance of face to face contact. Watch video
Alternatively, listen to the session in full in our podcast.

Download "Low Budget Filmmaking - Having The Edge Over Your Competition"
Duration: 59:08 mi, 13.5 MB

elliot-groveA Practical Introduction to Low Budget Filmmaking with Elliot Grove - Raindance
Indie film guru Elliot Grove, founder of the Raindance Film Festival, presents some key considerations for low budget feature film producers. In this highly engaging session, Elliot talks about the common pitfalls of deal making and unpicks the UK tax breaks system before moving onto the importance of selling your product -- from standing out from the crowd at film festivals to tricks that you can employ to help ensure that you are taken seriously. Watch video
Alternatively, listen to the session in full in our podcast.

Download "A Practical Introduction to Low Budget Filmmaking with Elliot Grove"
Duration: 56:16 mi, 16.1 MB

david-wilkinsonRaise Me The Money: Crowdfunding, Digital Distribution & Sponsorship for filmmakers
There's never going to be enough money in the budget to make the film that you really want, but there are opportunities out there. 'Raise me the money' brought together some of the industry's most creative thinkers to discuss innovative new ways to finance your project, build awareness, connect with your audience and break into new markets. This highlights video features Sarah Mosses, Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation, Ramón Calderón, Riot Cinema Collective, (The Cosmonaut)and David Nicolas Wilkinson, Guerilla Films. Watch video
Alternatively, listen to the session in full in our podcast: Download "Raise Me The Money: Crowdfunding, Digital Distribution & Sponsorship for filmmakers"Duration: 1:15 hrs, 25.8 MB

vertigo-filmsAllan Niblo and James Richardson (Vertigo Flims) - 'The Business of Film'
Vertigo Films, the independent film company behind recent hits such as Monsters and StreetDance 3D, talk about their route to success in the arena of production, distribution and sales, touching on some of the challenges facing independent production companies in the UK. Topics covered include: finance, distribution, acquisition, advertising, sutainability, commercial versus arthouse and working with emerging talent.  Watch video
Alternatively, listen to the session in full in our podcasts.
Download "Triangle Film Masterclass – The Business of Film Part 1"Duration: 21:28, 16.5 MB
Download "Triangle Film Masterclass – The Business of Film Part 2"
Duration: 21:54, 17.0 MB

gareth-edwardsWriter/director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) talks to Vertigo Films
Writer/director Gareth Edwards joins producers Allan Niblo and James Richardson to talk about their partnership on road movie Monsters. Areas of discussion include: pitching and the reality of getting your first feature project off the ground, commerciality and understanding your audience, the difference between working in film and TV, creative freedom and getting the most out of your budget. Watch video
Alternatively, listen to the session in full in our podcasts. Download "Triangle Film Masterclass – The Expert’s View: Part 1"Duration: 22:07, 18.2 MB
Download "Triangle Film Masterclass – The Expert’s View: Part 2"
Duration: 22:35, 17.3 MB

stereografix-3d3D - An Introduction: for first time 3D film makers with Stereografix
How easy is it to make your first feature or short in 3D when you haven't got the same budget that Avatar had? Saif Chaudhry from Stereografix, whose commissions range from installations and video games to Hollywood blockbusters, introduces 3D production theory in this short video. Saif explains the science behind different shooting techniques, using case studies to present cost saving solutions for filmmakers - from software to camera kit, rigs, post and glasses. Watch video

carsPaul Mendoza - Pixar Animator
Paul Mendoza has been in the animation business for thirteen years. He was hired by Pixar in 1997 where he has worked on nine films, including 'The Incredibles' and 'Ratatouille', and was an animation lead on 'Cars'. Paul gives an insight into his career so far and his role at Pixar Animation Studios in this interview recorded at Bradford Animation Festival (BAF) in November 2010 for Screen Yorkshire's Film Toolkit. Watch Video

mary&maxMelanie Coombs - Producer of Mary & Max
Melanie Coombs, producer, and Adam Elliot, animator/writer/director, have had a creative partnership for over 10 years working together on their Academy Award winning short film, Harvie Crumpet before going on to conceive and make hit animation Mary & Max. Melanie Coombs talks about her work in the industry and offers advice to budding producers in this video recorded at the Showroom in Sheffield for Screen Yorkshire's Film Toolkit in 2010. Watch Video

colinMarc Price - Director of Zombie Horror 'Colin'
Film director Marc Price talks about his route to success with hit zombie feature, Colin; a side project produced with friends on a budget of £45 which ended up taking Cannes by storm in 2009. Watch this video to gain insight into Marc's route to success, what appeals to him as a filmmaker and what he's got lined up for his next project. This video was recorded for Screen Yorkshire's Film Toolkit at the 48 Hour Film Challenge at The National Media Museum in Bradford in October 2010, where Marc was a mentor. The 48 Hour Film Challenge was delivered in partnership with Bradford City of Film, Fabric and Studio of the North with support from Screen Yorkshire and Bradford City of Film. Watch Video

finance-modelsNew Business Models for Drama: Finding Alternative Sources of Finance

This session led by Ed Sharp from Film Tree explores alternative finance sources and ways of reaching audiences. Speakers on the  panel discussions included: Barry Ryan, (Warp Films), Ed Sharp (Film Tree), Andrew Critchley (Red Production Company), Hugo Heppell (Screen Yorkshire), Alex Marshall (Warp Films), Alex Amsel (Tuna), Nick Gallon (BBC Canvas), Tom Gabbutt (Writer/Producer), Sarah Mosses, (Good Screenings) and Joe Morris (independent filmmaker).
Watch videos:

New Business Models for Drama: New ways of Reaching Audiences

New Business Models for Drama - Alternative Ways of Financing Film and TV

New business models for drama - Ed Sharp, Film Tree


don't-worry-about-meDavid Morrissey's Top Tips For Filmmakers
David Morrissey offers advice to up and coming filmmakers in this short video clip, recorded for Screen Yorkshire's Film Toolkit at a special screening of Don't Worry About Me at the Showroom, Sheffield in June 2010. Renowned actor David Morrissey has starred in a number of high profile film and television productions, including; State of Play, Nowhere Boy, Red Riding, The Deal and Dr Who. His directorial debut feature, Don't Worry About Me', is a bittersweet love letter to his home city, Liverpool. Watch video.

 david-morrisseyDavid Morrissey's Top Tips For Actors
David Morrissey gives advice to actors in this short video clip, recorded at a special screening of his debut feature 'Don't Worry About Me' at the Showroom, Sheffield in June 2010. David Morrissey has starred in a number of high profile film and television productions, including; State of Play, Nowhere Boy, Red Riding, The Deal and Dr Who. His debut Feature, Don't Worry About Me', is a bittersweet love letter to his home city, Liverpool. Watch video

biff-2010Insights from the Experts at BIFF 2010 Industry Weekend
Specialists from across a wide range of disciplines came together at the Bradford International Film Festival Industry Weekend to share their experiences working in the film industry in a series of sessions and masterclasses across a broad spectrum of topics; including finance, distribution, production, camera, new platforms, screenwriting, skills development and setting up your own production company. Speakers in this video include producer Piers Tempest (feature film Like Minds), writer and producer Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen), Joe Oppenheimer (Executive Producer, BBC Films), David Wilkinson (Distributor, Guerrilla Films) and Lenny Crooks (Head of New Cinema Fund, UK Film Council). Watch video

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HOW TO........

hush-directorOne Page Outline
An essential tool for any filmmaker, to help grasp what your story is about and who it is for - before you start writing - is the one-page outline. This is also very useful in terms of presenting your pitch. Download guide here.

Short Film

Organisations offering support to short filmmakers through various means, from funding, networks, training or distribution.

Screen Writing

Organisations offering support or advice on writing for film or television.

Courses

A snapshot of established and recognised courses across a range of industry disciplines...

New Talent Opportunities

Find out about schemes, courses, festival submission deadlines and other opportunities for upcoming filmmakers in the region.

Tips for short filmmakers

Not sure how to go about obtaining filming permissions from the council or arranging road closures? Find out how to get the most out your budget and more......

Pre - production

Not sure where to start? These websites will help you with preparation before your production gets underway...

Production and Post Production

Some more websites which can offer further support during and after the shoot...

Twitter

There's plenty of twitter accounts out there which may be enlightening to aspiring filmmakers. Here are some of our favourites.....

Intro

Get to grips with the industry through specialist insider knowledge from a range of professionals in key areas. Click on the individual's name below to download their top tips.

katie-leeKatie Lee - Standby Art Director
2010 has been a typically busy year for Katie Lee, who has just completed a stint as stand-by art director on BBC's upcoming period drama series South Riding, an eight week shoot which took in locations right across Yorkshire and Humber. Earlier this year she was assigned to Channel 4's hard hitting drama, This is England ‘86 (Warp Films), in Sheffield and prior to that, ITV's DCI Banks - Aftermath (Left Bank Pictures) in Leeds.

hussainHussain Currimbhoy - Programmer
Hussain is a film programmer at one of the industry's flagship festivals - Sheffield Doc / Fest, which brings the international documentary family together to celebrate the art and business of documentary making for five intense days in November.

bill-lawrenceBill Lawrence - Exhibitor
Bill was Head of Film at the National Media Museum in Bradford until April 2008, where over 16 years he developed the film delivery to include Bradford Film Festival in 1995, as well as the Bradford Animation Festival from 1994 and the Bite the Mango Film Festival from 1995. More recently, Bill has worked as Creative Director at the Showroom and Workstation in Sheffield. He is a board member of Screen Yorkshire, as well as director of York Film Trust.

Jen Rooks - Production Secretary

Nic Norton Collins - Make-up Designer

Paul Laugier - Art Director

David Morrissey, Top Tips for Filmmakers

David Morrissey, Top Tips for Actors

Jenny Granville, Director, Northern Film School

Anthea Nelson, Production Designer

Caroline Cooper Charles, Head of Creative Development, Warp X

Susan Everett, Writer / Director

Chris Clarkson, Sound Recordist

Larra Anderson, Cinematographer

Camilla Stephenson, Location Manager

Martin Harris, Editor

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Podcasts

Triangle Film Masterclass – The Business of Film

salford-bus-of-filmProducers Allan Niblo and James Richardson from Vertigo in conversation with Hugo Heppell, Head of Production at Screen Yorkshire. This podcast was recorded at the launch of the Triangle programme in Salford on 2nd February 2011.
Download "Triangle Film Masterclass – The Business of Film Part 1"
Duration: 21:28, 16.5 MB
Download "Triangle Film Masterclass – The Business of Film Part 2"
Duration: 21:54, 17.0 MB

Triangle Film Masterclass – The Expert’s View

triangle-expert-filmProducers Allan Niblo and James Richardson from Vertigo are joined by writer/director Gareth Edwards and screenwriting expert Alby James about partnerships, people and how teams work. This podcast was recorded at the launch of the Triangle programme in Salford on 2nd February 2011.
Download "Triangle Film Masterclass – The Expert’s View: Part 1"
Duration: 22:07, 18.2 MB
Download "Triangle Film Masterclass – The Expert’s View: Part 2"
Duration: 22:35, 17.3 MB

How to....

hush-directorOne Page Outline
An essential tool for any filmmaker, to help grasp what your story is about and who it is for - before you start writing - is the one-page outline. This is also very useful in terms of presenting your pitch. Download guide here.

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DAVID MORRISSEYTOP TIPS FOR ACTORS

David Morrissey gives advice to actors in this short video clip, recorded for Screen Yorkshire's Film Toolkit at a special screening of his debut feature 'Don't Worry About Me' at the Showroom, Sheffield.

Renowned Actor David Morrissey has starred in a number of high profile film and television productions, including; State of Play, Nowhere Boy, Red Riding, The Deal and Dr Who. His feature directorial debut, Don't Worry About Me, is a bittersweet love letter to his home city, Liverpool.