Meet your lecturers: Adam Batchelor
17th September 2018
Adam Batchelor: Lecturer in Film Production
Tell us about you, and what you teach at University of Gloucestershire:
I am a graduate of this very BA course and also of the MA Directing Fiction course at the National Film & Television School. Up until last year I was living and working in London, predominantly as a first assistant director, whilst also developing my own projects. I have written and directed lots of shorts and also worked in commercials, made several music videos and shot tons of promos. I love teaching and have taught at the NFTS and now here full time. I mostly teach screenwriting and various other practical filmmaking modules.
What else have you been up to recently?
I recently finished post-production on a short film titled Tommie, which is now being submitted to festivals. I hope to shoot another short soon and continue to write/develop a feature film.
What are your favourite films of all time? Your favourite filmmakers?
My favourite director is probably Jacques Audiard. I especially love his films A Prophet, Rust & Bone and Dheepan. I have typically watched A Prophet and Rust & Bone at least once a year over the last few years, along with Fishtank (Andrea Arnold) and The Godfather Part 1 (Coppola). Love the simplicity of anything by The Dardenne brothers. I am also a big fan of Shane Meadows (This Is England, 86, 88, 90). It was his film Dead Man’s Shoes that inspired me to become a filmmaker.
Which films should all UoG Film Production students see before they can call themselves film buffs?
It’s difficult to narrow down to a handful of films. I think it’s important to have seen at least seen a couple of films from each defining era or movement of cinema and also films from different countries, genres, styles etc. Ultimately though, I think it’s beneficial to watch anything you can. Even terrible films can be really insightful from a learning perspective!
What advice would you give to yourself as a brand new filmmaker?
Pick your battles. Whilst it’s incredibly important to take on board any script/film notes and feedback in order to learn and develop as a filmmaker, there will come a time when only YOU will know what your film needs to be. Don’t let other people dilute your ideas. Maintain your integrity and trust your instincts as this is what will make your work honest, authentic and unique.
Any favourite on-set experiences?
A few years ago I made a 30-minute film that I’d written about a particular summer in my youth (very self-indulgent, I know). We shot it in my home town in the midlands, using many of the original locations from the story. We had a huge unit, made up of actors, industry professionals and friends from my hometown – all staying on a farm together on the outskirts of town. It was a really hot summer, around 30 every day and we sat around a fire in the evenings, eating great food, having a drink, playing guitar and singing etc – it was incredible. We became so close as a unit and everyone seemed to be buzzing the whole way through. I was proud to have played a part in creating that environment and felt so lucky to be surrounded by such an amazing group of people!
Which cake(s) or other confections can you be relied upon to contribute to the department?
I am a loser who doesn’t eat cake and am therefore ribbed in the office for it, on a daily basis!
What’s the best bit of Film Production at UoG?
Having a platform to make the films you want to make, the opportunity to meet so many likeminded people to make them with, and the diverse skillset of all the staff to help you make them as good as they can be.