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Distilling almost 50 years in the film and television industry into 20 minutes is no mean feat, but veteran producer/writer Tony Klinger  did just that, at the Northants Film Network this week.

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.

The event is organised by Becky Adams of Reelscape Films and Reelscape Community in conjunction with Northamptonshire film festival Film Northants which I organise and chair.

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