Once upon a time Hollywood was the name and place known for its stellar and consistent delivery of high quality, emotionally moving cinema to the silver screens. The art of storytelling and high-level production behind the ‘Hollywood’ name has made the rest of the world looked stateside for the gold standard of filmmaking. However, on the other side of the pond, us Brits have been carving our own creative path. Although not as explosive as our US counterparts, the UK has spawned several generations of organic tales, all representing a different facet of our diverse British culture. Here are a handful of our favourite filmmakers, all hailing from this little island.
. Many of us, film fans or otherwise will remember the ground-breaking feature film 12 Years a Slave, where McQueen made history back in 2013 for being the first black director to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
In stark contrast, his other credits include several war-based films, with diverse time periods (Kingdom of Heaven- 2005) or settings in space such as the steampunk landscape found in the original Blade Runner released back in 1982. Tony, while still capable of delivering the same atmospheric tone as his brother, opted for the more rooted action/thriller movies. Denzel Washington fans will have caught his work in Crimson Tide (another war based in solely in a submarine), Man on Fire and other Tom Cruise collaboration Days of Thunder (1990).
Though this is a list of only 5 of the UK's film directors, there are countless of internationally known visionaries and of course the many up-and-comers from around the UK that we love to see grow! Some Honourable Mentions for some of the many UK Film Directors: Guy Ritchie, Gurinder Chadha, Tom Hopper, Lynn Ramsay, Ken Loach, Christopher Nolan, Richard Ayoade.
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Many people say ‘I make resolutions, but never keep them’. As an actor, your resolutions don’t have to just be about the regular New Year’s promises, they can be goals you set out for your career or even starting your career! No matter where they are in their career, Actors need to set themselves goals for their skills, CV and creativity. It is the setting and accomplishment of goals that will allow you to find breakthroughs and maybe even that life changing role. Having a goals set and in mind provides a consistent motivation for an acting career. Here are a few small tips on how to set your goals this year.
Make appropriate and reasonable goals. We all want to be the top of our field, but when you are starting in the industry or building your CV, your goals need to be within reasonable reach. If your goal is something that you cannot take steps to achieve or is something that is completely out of anyone’s control, you will not reach it. Set yourself up for a successful goal to grow that confidence. Once you reach your first goal, you will set more and keep advancing and see yourself building a new range, skill or even just getting something creative accomplished.
These tips are just the beginning of making and accomplishing your goals. Start with something small today and keep your goals growing and moving forward for your career and you will begin to see the results! The most motivated and active actors are the ones who feel the accomplishment in themselves and their career so go and make one goal today, no matter what the size of that goal may be for your acting career!
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Having a specialisation in the Television and Film industry is a great thing to have, from sports to accents, your specialty skills can get you recognised for some exciting projects and be that first step in the door that many actors search for in their career. But just specialising in a few skills can be a limiting factor to what you get cast as in the industry. Having a RANGE as a performer is what gives the chance to open up more opportunities for you in the industry. IPM's team has looked at the benefits of having a range for your acting profile and career.
This doesn't mean that you can't master a certain specialty or really harness your niche. It is good to keep your skills at a peak state for your specialisations, but this means that you need to be open to the possibility of stepping beyond your regular casting type. As an actor you are there to fill the role with what is needed/wanted by the director. When your range broadens you begin to form into those roles and the more opportunities begin to arise.
Beginning to broaden your range doesn't have to be a daunting task. As an actor, you will always be growing and always finding something new to learn. Especially in the fast paced growth of the film and television industry. Start with something small, try to work on your improvisation or start learning the accent you have been putting on hold. Little steps can turn in to something big!
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