23 December 2011

Meet the Tutors – Chris Bould

By Cassio | Categorised in Industry Interviews

Our Meet the Tutor series is designed to give you an insight into our tutors and their experience at the Met Film School. 

This week we meet multiple BAFTA-winning Director/Producer of My Friend Joe and Whose Line is it Anyway – Chris Bould. Chris is Head of Television at Met Film School.
  • What/Which courses do you teach at the Met Film School? Direction Drama & Fiction, Small Screen Production, Practical Filmmaking and Multi-Camera Production.
  • What is one thing about your field of expertise or filmmaking in general that excites you? I love movies and drama – period! I will always get excited when I meet someone who has understanding/ empathy with the (often small) nuances that help create unique and interesting performances – and not just in the actors world, but in the choices made by cinematographers, editors and of course, directors.
  • Do you have any links to your past/current projects (youtube link, url)? See the IMDB link
  • How would you describe your time teaching at the School?  What do you think is the most challenging element of the course you teach?  They say that to teach is to learn again. In my time at the school, this never ceases to surprise me – but in truth, I think it’s less my teaching and more the students energy and commitment that informs me. My challenge is a self-imposed commitment to bring the best out of every student I work with: to open a door and help them find their own unique voice.What are the key attributes you look for in a student? In teaching anything connected with filmmaking – the answer to most questions is (for me at least), always linked with honesty. If you are prepared to bring this to your work you will often be rewarded with greater results.So I guess I always look for this honesty in all the students I spend time with – together with a selfless awareness and understanding of and for team spirit. Listening is also something that often separates the best students from the rest.
  • Any useful tips for aspiring filmmaker? Humility, learning everyone’s name on a film set, anticipating unforeseen problems, listening, tenacity – and a smile! The following is something I often re-read and TRY to adopt when things don’t go the way I want them to – Advice to myself if you like: It’s from a Letter by John Steinbeck to his friend and fellow writer Dennis Murphy
  • Your Only Weapon Is Your Work “You have a harder fight now than you’ve ever had. It is tough to battle opposition and disapproval but that’s easy compared to the subtle attack of approval and flattery. There’s nothing so nice as a compliment and if it can be true it’s even nicer but also there is nothing more weakening. You’ve done well against failure. Now let’s see how you defend yourself against success. Your only weapon is your work. Take everything you can but keep your work pure and innocent and fierce. After you have finished let them have it, but while you are doing it for God’s sake, keep your holy loneliness.”
  • How can we get in touch with you? You can email me chrisbould@mac.com


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