Berlinale Talent Campus: A Producer's Advice

by Sydney Levine
February 8, 2011 3:30 AM
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I wrote about upcoming producer Sean McConville whom I met on line for hamburgers at AFM. He has been chosen by the Berlinale's Talent Campus as a Talent this year and has also written Five Reasons Filmmakers Need to be Entrepreneurs for Raindance. The article sums up the issues filmmakers today must face and sums up the gist of the course I have just completed teaching at UCLA Extension. Though it is aimed at Canadian filmmakers where Sean now resides, it is definitely worth a read by all producers and all wanna-be producers.

Thanks Sean and see you in Berlin!

A working filmmaker, Sean McConville began his career as a SFX technician on big budget studio features, including “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace”, “Mortal Kombat” and James Bond movies “Goldeneye” and “Tomorrow Never Dies”, allowing him the opportunity to work closely with director's such as Sir Richard Attenborough, George Lucas, and Michael Winterbottom.

As a London native, Sean gained a Master of Arts Degree in Professional Screenwriting from the prestigious London College of Printing in London.

After graduation Sean relocated to Los Angeles in 2002 to attend UCLA Film School to pursue his passion of filmmaking. Sean graduated UCLA in 2004 and remained in Los Angeles until 2010, gaining experience and knowledge in all aspects of the film industry.

Sean’s debut feature film as a Writer/Producer/Director, DEADLINE, starring Brittany Murphy and Thora Birch, premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London, and showcased at Berlin, Cannes, and the American Film Market, where it sold for distribution to many countries around the world.

Sean is now a Toronto based filmmaker and in 2010 set up Frenzy Films to produce genre films - the first out of the gate being The Calling, dir. Stephanie Joalland’s debut feature, and The Car, Sean’s 2nd feature film as director.

Sean is now a Toronto based filmmaker and enjoying the sunny weather.

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