29th Jan2020

The Filmmakers Podcast #145: ‘The Last Tree’ director & screenwriter Shola Amoo

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 #145: The Last Tree director & screenwriter Shola Amoo talks how he directed and wrote his award winning indie film with Giles Alderson & Robbie McKane

Shola Amoo, The director and screenwriter of the BIFA winning ‘The Last Tree’ sits down with Giles Alderson and Robbie McKane to chat how he makes his films on episode 146 of The Filmmakers Podcast. He talks about his start in journalism and his route to film through documentary film-making, Learning transferable skills from journalism, critical reading, analysing texts and applying that through documentary, learning how to create a narrative from real world environments and events and importantly listening skills in interviews.

His breakthrough into directing by getting his documentary bought and screened by Current TV, then working with actors at the Soho & Royal Court Theatres’ & working on music videos. Going to NTFS and shooting short films there – The Prayer, Touch and then making A Moving Image – 1st Feature, a parable of gentrification. How he worked with iFeatures for the Last Tree. And finally we talk The Last Tree , how he got the money to make the film, working with the actors, allowing freedom to move around 360 degree environments & allowing for flexibility with the actors whilst having a clear confident approach ’You plan to let go’.

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

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