Tony has worked with the likes of Roger Moore, Steve McQueen, Keith Moon and Lee Marvin throughout his career which has encompassed documentaries, TV series and international feature films.
With a wealth of anecdotes at his fingertips, Tony gave a great talk at the bi-monthly network at NN Cafe which aims to bring film-makers, crew and actors from across the county together to share advice and projects.
Tony spoke of many humorous encounters (“make sure you don’t get your film star shot, until after a production” was his evaluation of a bust up between two screen legends) as well as giving practical advice, based on his 11 point How to Get a Film Made plan.
Some of his key advice at the film network included:
- Making films is a series of balances: On the one hand you have a promise to tell a story that you believe in and on the other hand you have a person saying where is the ‘tits and ass’, we need more action scenes, where is the helicopter?
- You have to makes choices on the spot, but the most important thing is to keep on filming
- You have to constantly think about film ethics as a producer
- Make sure you have people with complementary skills around you
- Much of the job is about managing expectations
- Anyone who has the passion and self belief can make a film: not all can make good films