From small screen to major blockbuster. We ask David Yates how a Lancashire lad with a solid reputation in directing acclaimed shorts and TV productions such as State of Play, Sex Traffic and the Girl in the Cafe suddenly finds himself in the big league, directing the final four of the Harry Potter film series?
Where does he start? And what about all those special effects in the face of an ultra critical, techno savvy teen audience? In the session we’ll discuss how bringing out the best in actors – particularly pushing young actors to explore their capacity – is one of David’s trade secrets. Is the pub involved often? And we’ll discuss how much of a challenge it was to keep the Harry Potter franchise fresh yet let it grow and mature appropriately in line with the characters and their audience.
A roller coaster session for lovers of both small and beautiful and big and bold, moderated by Guy Rowland. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions of David in the second half of the session.
Appearing in this session
Credits include: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2
Director David Yates brought the Harry Potter film series to an epic conclusion, having directed the last four of the eight films in the franchise.
Credits include: Sam Jackson's Secret Video Diary
Screenwriter and composer with a passion for storytelling for young audiences.