10th Apr2019

The Filmmakers Podcast #103: How to Make a Period Drama

by Phil Wheat

Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar, with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. They also shoot the breeze about their new films, The Dare, World of Darkness, Fanged Up, & Retribution too.

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The Filmmakers Podcast #103: How to Make a Period Feature Drama with James Kent director of The Aftermath starring Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgard

Giles Alderson (The Dare) sits down with Film and TV director James Kent to chat his feature films Testament of Youth and The Aftermath. We start of by talking about Directors U.K. and how important and useful it is for filmmakers. The freedom in Documentary film-making that you can use in feature film or TV work as a director and when your in edit suite it is just you and the editor and you need to have got your coverage and material on set. With docs there is not often a story until you are in the edit. Making the leap from docs to TV and features. Working with actors. Respecting them. Working with young up and coming acting talent. And moving into directing features and how important rehearsal time is.

Making period drama The Aftermath. And how the actors have transformed into something else when in costume. A different character and they can come with pre-conceived ideas. Rehearsal can help over come this. And he gives some great Directing tips to work with actors on set. Working with Will Smith on a Documentary. And watching Darren Aronofsky working was a education. And shooting AMERICAN TV and the difference between U.K. TV. Working with A list stars on The Aftermath with Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke and Alexander Skarsgard and feeling intimidated and shooting sex scenes… We also chat Mother Father Son starring Billy Howle & Richard Gere which is OUT NOW on BBC2

Follow The Filmmakers Podcast on Twitter: @filmmakerspod | @gilesalderson and the official website

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