29.11.2018 - 02.12.2018 - Working Together - Filmmaking is a collaborative process

Working Together
Filmmaking is a collaborative process

In filmmaking, most of the power lies in the hands of the director and producer who then rely on other people to execute their vision.
This process is standard (all film units are structured in the same way) yet unique (every
film is different) and gives rise to a number of crises, frustrations and misunderstan-
dings, which can strain good will almost to the limits.
As all film professionals have experienced, problematic relationships damage the creative process and
potentially reduce the film’s quality and success.

Such situations can be caused by an array of factors, including:

  • lack of resources generating frustration: not enough time, not enough money…
  • cultural misunderstanding: not everybody shares the same values and codes of communication
  • self-protection: self-interest can mean people are less committed to the project as a whole
  • manipulation: false information handed out to save face power play: arbitrary orders and decisions.

In the seminar, we will focus on three areas: Cultural intelligence –
Conflict resolution – Collective intelligence. Participants will tackle these notions
and develop tools to master them, enabling them to handle critical relationships
in the filmmaking process better. As one senior British film professional once said:

«Filmmaking would be easy, if it was not about people at the end of the day…»

12 producers, directors, assistant-directors, line producers, heads of departments
From Thursday 29 November (evening) to Sunday 2 December (lunchtime) at the Chateau de Bossey

bossey.ch near Geneva, Switzerland

10 October 2018 at focal.ch/en/1895 please include a brief résumé and a short letter of motivation

CHF 385 / 330 €, including single room & meals
English *
Cultural intelligence
Julia Middleton
UK–founder of ‹Common Purpose UK›
Collective intelligence
Vincent Lenhardt
France–founder of ‹Transformation PRO›
Conflict resolution
Mentor tba
Nicole Borgeat & Denis Rabaglia, filmmakers