Creative Social Inspire 2013
7th Nov, 1.15 – 6pm
RichMix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road
E1 6LA London
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In the next weeks running up to CS Inspire, we’ll be taking a closer look at our awe-inspiring speakers. First up: film maker Chris Richmond whose acclaimed short film DRONE STRIKE won the Grand Jury prize for Best Short at the Rhode Island International Film Festival 2013
1 killing, 2 victims, 4000 miles. These are a few poignant words to describe DRONE STRIKE, which also went on to claim the festival’s biggest prize: the festival nomination for Academy Award consideration at the 86th Academy awards in 2014. Chris is mad about film. He got his first taste for the film industry as an extra in iconic films such as ‘Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace’ and ‘Sense and Sensibility’. He then honed his skills in production at Premier Films before setting up Atticus Finch Ltd an award winning creative production company. He has just made his debut as drama director and screenwriter for DRONE STRIKE and will share with us the inside take on the creative process of making this film which is sure to spark conversation and debate.
We went to pick Chris’s brain and find out more about the film guru:
How would you describe your job to an alien?
I would use ‘universal’ sign language to say I work with very talented creative people to help realise ideas and make stuff happen.
How have you got to where you are today, and what drew you to film making
Film extra, worked for a feature animation studio, set up my own production company working in business communication and marketing, now expanding into drama and documentaries. It seemed like more fun than being a gardener.
What’s been the biggest learning throughout your career so far?
My biggest learning I think is best summed up by Paul Smith’s quote “You can find inspiration in anything” I have found this to be very motivational in my work.
Which films have inspired you most in your own work?
Rumblefish, Brazil, Leon
If you could travel in time, where would you go and what would you do?
I would like to time travel everywhere and be a photographer.
If you could go back and do one thing differently, what would it be?
Stick to the plan. Remain focused on the goal.
What inspired you to make Drone Strike?
An article in Esquire magazine. Got me thinking on what it would be like going to war while maintaining a normal family life.