FREE MASTERCLASS: How to Swindell Your Way Into Television


Want to know how to get into the film and television industry with ‘insider tips’ from someone who has gone on to make documentaries for Vice as well as some prominent music videos? Well, our upcoming FREE masterclass is for you if you’re aged aged 16-24 (whether you are in education or not).


WHEN IS IT?: Thursday, 12th March 2015, 7pm–8pm (places allocated on first come first served basis)

WHERE IS IT?: Inside the Watershed in a room called Waterside 3. Find your way up through the bar and follow the signs. NOTE: this is different to where it usually takes place.

The talk will start at 7pm sharp and there will be time to ask questions afterwards. If you have any specific questions about your own work then it would be good to prepare those.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?: Tom Swindell, film maker, will talk about his career, give you tips on how to get yourself ready to get out there and make choices that will get you to where you want to be – with a mixture of ideas and hard graft. This is an inspiring must-see for all you documentary film makers and up-and-coming music video directors out there.

WHO IS THIS FOR?: Aspiring documentary-makers, videographers, music videos directors and film types who want to meet an industry professional, get real-life advice, network with other like-minded souls and get a foot in the door.

WHO IS DOING THE TALK?: Tom Swindell was born in Cardiff and documentary was his passion from the start. He was inspired by the vivid details of nature and landscapes of his native South Wales and was always fascinated by stories, especially those of travelers. The films of Chris Marker, Sans Soleil and Ron Fricke’s Baraka inspired him to think globally and to pursue a career in film.

He graduated from the ‘International Film School Wales’ with a 1st class BA Hons degree in ‘Documentary Film and Television’ in 2007 and immediately began shooting arts documentaries for BBC Wales. He was nominated for a Bafta Cymru for best newcomer. Now based in London he works as a Director of Photography, regularly shooting prime-time documentaries for international and UK broadcasters. Now working primarily as a DOP Tom has recently been filming a variety of ‘branded content’ for VICE as well as directing music videos.

Book a place by emailing us here

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