Industry Masterclass with Games of Thrones Producer at Nerve Belfast

Industry Masterclass with Games of Thrones Producer at Nerve Belfast

The three BFI Film Academies managed by the Nerve Centre in Derry, Nerve Belfast and the Amma Centre in Armagh have now begun their annual programmes.
 
The students from all three film academies, numbering 56, came together on Saturday, September 30 at Nerve Belfast for an inspirational masterclass by Greg Spence, the producer with responsibility for post-production on Games of Thrones.
 
The Industry Masterclass lasted four hours divided between a morning session focusing on getting into the film and television industry and an afternoon session exploring the production process of Game of Thrones. Greg Spence gave a fascinating insight into his own route into the film industry, from New York film school, via writing voice-overs for Miramax Films to screenwriting and directing, before becoming a producer on three HBO television series - John Adams, Generation Kill and Game of Thrones. His advice to
young people seeking a career in the film and television industry, delivered with self-effacing humour, was to 'always be making something' and 'to keep turning up' for even the most menial job offer.
 
 
Greg broke down each of the major production roles on Game of Thrones and explained the creative contribution of each department head to producing an episode of the series. How the departments collaborate together on set was demonstrated by a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the filming of the epic battle in Series 6, Episode 9 which was filmed in Saintfield, County Down.
 
The Industry Masterclass concluded with a 30 minute Q&A session which provided the Film Academy students with a further opportunity to gain ‘insider knowledge’ about the industry. Greg Spense ended as he began, on a positive note, encouraging everyone in the audience to 'keep turning up' and to seize every opportunity that presents itself to get experience in their chosen area of the industry.
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