Last week I had the pleasure of working with an impressive group of experienced filmmakers from Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland as I delivered a hybrid version of my Advanced Development Workshop. This bespoke event was designed specifically to bring together producers, distributors, sales/acquisition and development execs from two of the most prominent companies in Scandinavia, Storm Films and Nordisk Film, as well as award-winning filmmakers and creators developing feature film and TV projects with them.
These included teams and individuals involved in some of the biggest Scandinavian successes in recent years — both in film and TV — such as Three Wishes for Cinderella, Battle, Occupied and many more.
All the participants gathered in Oslo for a week in a superb cinema room located in the Nordisk offices to go through the Advanced Development Online Course. I joined them regularly for interactive Q&A and group work sessions on Zoom before a series of individual meetings at Storm Films offices to discuss projects in development.
Although travel restrictions sadly prevented me from joining the group in Oslo this time, this hybrid-style event worked very well. We're discussing further workshops — including add-ons on TV Series and animation — for 2022/2023 and I certainly hope I'll be able to be there in person next time.
Many thanks to Frederick Howard (Producer and CEO at Storm Films) and Morten Christoffersen (Head of Nordisk Film Distribution, Norway) for their kind invitation and to everyone involved for making this experience unforgettable! Special thanks to Martin Bull-Gundersen and Charlotte Solvaer for their precious help in the preparation and delivery of this workshop.
A few words from the workshop organisers:
This is the best investment in our personnel we have ever made
“Our workshop with Emmanuel brought writers, producers and distributors together in a very successful way, leaving us inspired and eager to develop content together. The story type method gives us all a tool and a language that brings the various disciplines in the industry a way of talking about development we have been missing. As a producer and academic, I can honestly say this is the best investment in our personnel we have ever made. Storm Films will continue to use the Story-type method in its development work. We will continue using and developing the “tribal language” we created during the workshop between writers, producers, sales and execs.”
An eye-opener on how to read scripts
“Emmanuel’s advanced development workshop was really an eye opener on how to read scripts, and how, as a distributor, to give good and concrete feedback”
Storm Films was established in 1996 as the production arm of Norwegian powerhouse Storm Group. The company produces award-winning, high-quality films for a broad international audience. With its strong animation roots, today's company is also a top-tier live-action producer operating out of Scandinavia.
Nordisk Film is involved in more than fifty feature films opening in Nordic countries each year and produces TV series for broadcasters in Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
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