Led by Oscar winning and twice BAFTA nominated creative producer Mia Bays, this two day workshop will look in detail at the nuts and bolts of the production process. Drawing on input from a range of expert practitioners, this workshop will look at a range of issues which writer-directors need to understand when working with producers, such as what prodcuers can reasonably be expected to do, how much of the work of a producer a good writer-director should be able to do themselves, and how to identify a good producer.


Day One

9.45-10.15 Introduction to workshop by Mia Bays, group intro

10.15 – 11.45 HOW TO MAKE A LITTLE GO A LONG WAY. An overview from Mia on her 24 years in film and 12 years producing, including as Creative Producer from 2007-14 on eight features for the Microwave scheme

12.00-13.15 The ‘golden triangle’ of writer, director and producer – the dynamic, the roles, and how to find the right ones for you. With guest speaker writer/producer Peter Ettedgui (LISTEN TO ME MARLON, KINKY BOOTS, UNMADE BEDS)

14.15-15.30 What kind of ‘voice’ are you? Session to think about how you define yourself in film and why and how to talk about something that might feel intangible

4.00-5.30 How Worldwide Sales and Distribution Works. Sales, Festivals, Deals


Day Two 

10.00-11.15 The business of relationships: Matt Baker, Director of Acquisitions, Hanway Films (CAROL, HIGH RISE). Discussion to focus on the relationships they have with producers, directors and writers and what impact these have on their work

11.15-12.30 Defining your audience. Essential tools to use to define your audience so that you are ready for these discussions with producers and then financiers. With Ailsa Ferrier, Content and Acquisitions Manager, Curzon Artificial Eye.

1.30-2.30 Working with producers from a writers Point of View. Surgery with Simone Glover, screenwriter of upcoming projects such as EXPECTING SOMEONE TALLER, an adaptation to be produced by The Mob with Joe Dante directing; and THE CONFIDENCE TRICK, written with and to be directed by actor Adrian Dunbar.

2.30-4.00 Summary


When: Tues 3rd - Wed 4th November, 09.45am - 5.30pm (Tues) and 4.00pm (Wed)


Where: Missing in Action Films, Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre, 5 Glasshouse Walk, London SE11 5ES