El Mariachi’s Carlos Gallardo Hosting Filmmaking Workshops in the UK from 28th April to 5th May 2014


Intense Productions in association with UK Trade and Investment NW are pleased to announce they will be bringing to the UK, the critically acclaimed and award winning Actor and Hollywood Producer Carlos Gallardo to take part in a series of exclusive one day film masterclasses focusing on ‘How to Make a Micro Budget Film & Sell It’ from 28th April – 5th May.

Carlos Gallardo co-wrote, starred in and produced the acclaimed independent feature film EL MARIACHI shot for a budget of $7,000 in his home town of Ciudad Acuña, Mexico which marked the feature directorial debut of his long time friend, Robert Rodriguez. Acquired by the US Studio Columbia Pictures, EL MARIACHI went on to win the prestigious Audience Award at Sundance in 1993 and launched the careers of both Gallardo and Rodriguez in Hollywood.

Together Gallardo and Rodriguez went on to produce the hugely successful box office hits DESPERADO starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek and ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO starring Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke, Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek for Columbia Pictures with Rodriguez at the helm.
Often quoted as a film which re-defined the Independent film industry, EL MARIACHI entered the books of cinema history and inspired a generation of filmmakers. Now filmmakers will have the opportunity to hear and learn from Carlos Gallardo.

The intensive one day film masterclasses will cover screen writing, raising finance, casting, production, post production, sales and distribution and are designed to equip filmmakers with valuable information to launch a successful feature film through chaired panel discussions and Q&A sessions, case studies of commercially successful independent productions that have raised finance, secured talent, as well as securing international sales and worldwide distribution. Filmmakers will have the opportunity to gain industry secrets on how to develop, produce, market and promote their work.

Speaking alongside Gallardo will be Writer/ Director/ Producer and MD of Intense Productions and Intense Distribution, Chee Keong Cheung. Cheung has worked with some of the industry’s most established names, including legendary two time Academy Award Winning Cinematographer, Jack Cardiff OBE (‘The African Queen’, ‘Black Narcissus’), and the acclaimed late British film producer and Former Vice President of 20th Century Fox, Tim Hampton (‘Aliens’,‘Frantic’, ‘Don’t Look Now’). Cheung wrote, directed and produced the indie action films 12 and BODYGUARD: A NEW BEGINNING released by Lionsgate in North America and Sony Pictures in France. Also guest speaking will be Mark Strange who produced the independent film DISPLACED which featured Sir Ian McKellen.

Cheung said: “It’s an incredible honour for us to be able to bring Carlos over to the UK. I’m very excited filmmakers both established and up and coming will have the chance to hear and learn from Carlos’ vast experience in the industry. It is an incredibly competitive business we are in and I believe it is important to share knowledge and to help filmmakers coming into the industry. In my career to date I’ve been incredibly fortunate and privileged to work with some of the true greats in the business who were kind enough to share their knowledge and experience with me and I’m keen to help facilitate and be able to pass that on to other filmmakers.”

The seminars will be taking place from 28th April – 5th May in Glasgow (28th April), Lancaster (30th April), Newcastle (1st May), London (3rd May) and Manchester (5th May).

Tickets are priced at £99 per person (£79 Early Bird and £79 for Students) and can be purchased here.

All masterclasses start at 9:30am and finish at 5:30pm.

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