filmmaking

An innovative use of everyone's favourite ridiculously small extreme sports camera has let a bunch of amateur filmmakers
On 12 February we celebrated the premiere of the first year of films from Collabor8te, the scheme I developed through Rankin Film Productions, which hunts out and develops some of the country's best new filmmakers.
They don't clean up at the Oscars or make the critics swoon, but action movies make big money at the box office and when executed well, can often become a favourite amongst movie fans.
Screenwriters and filmmakers do not get an easy ride when making a name for themselves and when they're trying to break through in the industry.
One of the key points made by each of these emerging talents was the importance of getting out there and creating - just getting stuck in - and not just waiting for things to be handed to you on a plate, that's not how it happens in any industry, let alone the notorious world of film.
Almost 13 years ago, the BBC funded my short, I was the Cigarette Girl. It was shot the first week of my Teenager's life. I recall arriving home from hospital to urgent calls from the director, as last minute changes to the script were required.
The days of lugging vast amounts of equipment around when you're making a film is fast coming to an end, especially in the world of low budget filmmaking. It used to be pretty difficult to put together a film crew and the funding to get the equipment you need, but with the advances in smartphone technology - and how affordable the technology is - it's never been easier to release your inner Spielberg on the world.
If the mobile phone represents the future of filmmaking, then video sharing sites could be the future of film distribution.
Award-winning filmmaker Emily James's funny, informative and inspirational documentary Just Do It goes behind the scenes of climate activism in Britain to show a side of the issue largely missing from mainstream media. Initially released in cinemas, the film is now available to download/stream, or as a free Creative Commons version, at the Just Do It website.
In truth I think we have suffered from a degree of "Afghan fatigue" amongst the viewing public. To date there have been some very fine series and films on the war in Afghanistan and a few rather lacklustre ones that, it seemed to me, just wanted to jump on the band wagon.