DATE FOR NEXT YEAR
Jon Thompson: What is a producer?
Wednesday, 15th January, 1500 – 1700, Eldon West Lecture Theatre EW 1.11
All CCI students welcome!
The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries invite all CCI students to a talk by leading independent film producer Jon Thompson. Jon has worked on Kill Bill, Batman Begins, Mission Impossible III and award winning feature documentary The Bengali Detective, as well as the internationally acclaimed box office hit Earth (the feature film version of BBC series Planet Earth), an epic portrait of the diversity of life on our planet, and of the threat posed to it by human activity.
“The talk will be the nuts and bolts on the role of the film producer. What is a producer? What do they do? How do you get to be producer? Why development is the most important stage of any film, from $200m movies to micro budget films, why the principles are the same. How to get a foot hold in the business and what you should do to get people attention and what you shouldn’t do! Dino De Laurentiis always said to be a great producer you need three things: Brain, Heart, and Balls!”
Working in the film business for 25 years, Jon started as a cinematographer working for Oscar-winning Dino De Laurentiis on his three film slate with Weinstein & Company, moving into production and executive roles for Disney, Warner Brothers and Lucas Films. He has set up a number of independent films in the UK and US including the New York based cutting edge independent company, Madstone Films. Jon was Head of Business for Reliance MediaWorks UK, a diversified post-production service provider, head-quartered in Mumbai which recently became a 50% partner in DreamWorks. He is a partner in World Picture Films who offer a platform for innovative independent film makers and is Chief Executive Officer of The Worx, a leading contemporary venue and studio hire complex, offering 30,000sq’ of creative space that is over half an acre in central London.
Jon worked with DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives), a consortium of the six Hollywood studios, on their StEM (Standard Evaluation Material) test to help further the transition and education in the use of digital technologies in all aspects of production. Jon worked on the UK Film Council’s Digital cinema initiative that led to the initial deployment of 250 DCI compliant digital screens in the UK, and was instrumental in setting up the UK digital test bed for the British Film Institute (BFI) and the UK Department of Trade and Industry at BFI Southbank.
Jon has taught seminars on the art of film making and production at various universities including New York, Stanford, South Carolina, California & Los Angeles in the USA, and the National Film and Television School and the London Film School in the UK. He has also lectured on the future of the film business at Harvard University.
Jon is very active on twitter under the name of JohnnyFocal.
We look forward to seeing you there.