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Film School Confidential: BACK TO THE EIGHTIES

Film School Confidential: BACK TO THE EIGHTIES

Back at Film School this week, kicking off with big drama both on screen and off. Drama teacher Mogens Rukow is an elderly gentleman and has struggled with health problems during most of my year at the school. During his weekly talk about movie structure (and the almost just as weekly showing of scenes from Godfather I, II or […]

Film School Confidential: PAIN AND SUFFERING WITH LARS DETLEFSEN

Film School Confidential: PAIN AND SUFFERING WITH LARS DETLEFSEN

The last three days of this week at Film School we read our treatments aloud and got critique from head of the screenwriting education, Lars Detlefsen. When we were up in that room before the summer, I felt like I took a beating. But today, a fellow student took a beating that reminded me of Bane kicking Batman’s butt […]

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Film School Confidential: WRITING EXERCISES WITH NIKOLAJ SCHERFIG

Film School Confidential: WRITING EXERCISES WITH NIKOLAJ SCHERFIG

Tuesday was a creative rush, getting back in shape after the holidays with a day of writing exercises.We’ve been taught by Nikolaj Sherfig before, so introductions were not necessary – we just jumped right in and started writing. He had three exercises for us (actually more, but feedback took longer than expected, so…). Write an […]

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Film School Confidential: SHOW AND TELL WITH JØRGEN LETH

Film School Confidential: SHOW AND TELL WITH JØRGEN LETH

Back at film school this week, kicking off the final semester with absolute boredom stardom. Poet and documentary filmmaker Jørgen Leth showed us clips from some of his many films and talked about his method. Leth is quite the celebrity in Denmark, both through his films but also as a commentator during Tour de France, […]

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Film School Confidential: HOW THE DIRECTOR WORKS

Film School Confidential: HOW THE DIRECTOR WORKS

Another intense week at film school almost over. Hopefully I won’t get punched in the nuts today! For the past three days we have been in sessions with director Kaspar Munk, who is educated at the alternative Danish film school Super16. We watched two of his shorter works, both coming-of-age films with more sensory images and […]

Top 10: TRAVELLING TIPS

Top 10: TRAVELLING TIPS

I’ve been travelling a great deal lately, and I’ve tried to make the most it. Here’s my top 10 tips for flying off to conventions. Carry-on luggage only. No need to worry about waiting time and lost luggage. Never pack more than one pair of – comfortable – shoes. Take off your belt and put the contents […]

Film School Confidential: ALL GREEK TO ME

Film School Confidential: ALL GREEK TO ME

This week has been a hotch-potch of different tutors and input. Tuesday we talked about loss and watched the first half of the Belgian thriller Calvaire: The Ordeal. Loss can be a powerful motivation for characters, as we tend to yearn for what we used to have or something we at least have had a […]

Film School Confidential: MAN AND MYTH

Film School Confidential: MAN AND MYTH

It’s film school week again, and I’m here early so I can get some work done. Yesterday was an all-day seminar with Ingolf Gabold, former head of national tv channel DR’s drama department, where he was responsible for developing series such as Borgen, Sommer and Forbrydelsen (aka. The Killing, remade in the US). Gabold took […]