The first Film Network Northants was held in the Royal & Derngate this week and was filled with enthusiastic film-makers and students.

The event organised by Reelscape Films, Film Northants and composer Andy Cox, was an opportunity for creative film types in the county to get together and network, whilst simultaneously being able to pick the brains of award-winning TV and film director Dan Wilson. Dan’s resume include stints on EastEnders, working with Ian McKellan on Coronation Street, and the BBC drama Land Girls. He has also worked on film projects with Northamptonshire based production company Reelscape Films.

At the networking event Dan gave a talk about his career before a lengthy Q&A session, where he was able to divulge the following pearls of wisdom:

  • To inspire your cast and crew a director needs “energy and impetus”
  • Films sets are like sharks: they can smell blood and if anything is going wrong they will sniff it out
  • There is no substitute for experience
  • On your first job as a runner make sure you can made the best tea there is
  • Nowadays framing is as important as acting

The networking event attracted around 40 people in its initial outing and the organisers are therefore aiming to run another event in the new year. Let us know what you thought of the first event and if you have any suggestions for future networks. For more information email