David Yates Visits Met Film School!
This week students at the Met Film School were treated to a one-off Masterclass from prolific British film director David Yates. During the session Yates discussed his varied and acclaimed career in both the television and film industries and gave students an insight into his own time spent at film school and his subsequent experiences working in the industry.
The session allowed Met Film School students a chance to put their questions to Yates, who offered advice to those about to embark on their first feature film and those students preparing to shoot their own short films.
David Yates’ career has spanned the television, independent film and studio movie market. His work in television is critically acclaimed and includes projects such as The Way We Live Now – an adaptation of the Anthony Trollope novel – BBC miniseries The Sins, starring Pete Postlethwaite and the acclaimed State of Play for which Yates won the Directors Guild of Great Britain Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement.
His 2005 feature The Girl in The Café, written by Richard Curtis and starring Bill Nighy and Kelly Macdonald won both Emmy and BAFTA awards and was Golden Globe nominated.
David Yates is also the most commercially successful British director in recent years, having helmed films in the Harry Potter franchise. All of Yates’ Harry Potter films, which include The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Princeand The Deathly Hallows parts 1 and the upcoming part 2, have achieved both critical and financial success, confirming his position as one of the UK’s top film directors.