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Another lockdown. Another chance to descend into the dark pit of despair as the four walls that were once your home (and are now your prison) close in and consume the light within you… Or, on the flipside, a chance to finally upskill and pursue your ambition of being a filmmaker.

Candle & Bell are a video and film production company based in Gateshead that have made commercial videos for the likes of Northumbria University and North East Culture Partnership, as well as producing a number of award winning short films and receiving support from the likes of BFI and Channel 4.

They have recently launched a new website, Above The Line, which is an online masterclass for student and graduate filmmakers and offers frequently updated content, including advice on writer agreements, applying to film funds, learning about film festivals and negotiating with agents. Alongside this, the website gives subscribers access to exclusive interviews with some of the industry’s most well respected producers, including Scott Macaulay, producer of The Assistant, BAFTA-winner Emily Morgan, and Manon Ardisson, producer of indie hit God’s Own Country.

Lead producer Maria Caruana Galizia adds ‘At Candle & Bell we’ve always offered opportunities to new filmmakers and students on our film productions. Over lockdown we realised that lots of new filmmakers were missing out on the opportunity to develop their craft and expand their knowledge. By creating Above The Line we want to share advice from experienced film professionals and give a new generation of filmmakers all the knowledge they need to make really good short films, and get a better understanding of how the industry functions without having to break the bank and move to London.’

To subscribe, visit the Above the Line website.


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