James Marsh Director
17 March 2015

James Marsh Director of “A Theory of Everything”: Top tips for filmmakers

By Cassio | Categorised in News, VIP Guest Speakers

Met Film School had the privilege of hosting a masterclass with feature film and documentary director James Marsh. James’ credits include the Oscar-winning The Theory of Everything, an extraordinary film based on the life of Professor Stephen Hawkins and starring Eddie Redmayne.  James gave Met Film students an insight into the highs and lows of his career as a filmmaker and the inspiration behind his award winning documentaries (Man on a Wire & Project Nim). During the masterclass James shared the various lessons he learned from working with actors and directors in the US and discussed his return to the UK film industry.

James was on hand to advise Met Film School students on broadcasting their films, submitting their work to festivals and becoming unique filmmakers. During the Q&A James highlighted the importance of gaining practical experience, no matter how small, to fully understand the holistic filmmaking process.

James left the Met Film School students with four key pieces of advice:

  1. Immerse yourselves in film. James advised students to watch and study variety of genres to develop an individuality as a filmmaker.
  2. Admit what you don’t know. He shared that the greatest skills he has learnt resulted from asking for help and admitting his weaknesses.
  3. Learn as many technical skills as possible. James advised that a holistic knowledge of filmmaking increased his understanding as a director.
  4. Follow your moral compass. His final advise to our students was to follow was inspires them but to always respect the characters of their story.


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