Meet Mike Parker, one of the Mentors at Calling the Shots. Having been a Producer for 30 years, creating documentaries, drama, comedy, high-end TV and feature films, he brings a wealth of experience to his role. Mike is also the course leader for the Film Production BA (Hons) course at the University of Gloucestershire. We caught up with him to find out about his experiences as a Mentor on the BBC New Creatives scheme.
What does mentoring on the New Creatives scheme involve?
I enjoy working closely with the Artists to develop their ideas and to ensure that their creative vision can be realised within the budget and time frame to the highest possible standard.
How are you matched up on the New Creatives scheme?
Usually I am approached by the artists who have been selected for the scheme or by Calling the Shots. I often also help develop their ideas before they are selected by Calling the Shots. As course leader for the Film production course at the University of Gloucestershire, we can provide professional facilities and our students usually provide all the crews on these projects.
Which New Creatives projects have you worked on?
Wake Up Britain, Trigger Bang, Fruity and I have recently been asked to work on These Lines that divide us.
What is the best part of being a New Creatives Mentor?
It is wonderful to be able to help the new generation of filmmakers develop their voice as filmmakers and to help them through what is usually, their first experience of working professionally, within the industry.
What is your favourite memory from working on the New Creatives scheme?
The best time is always in the final mixes and grading sessions at Films@59 where all their hard work comes together, and they see the finished film in all their glory!
You can find out more about Mike on Facebook at, www.facebook.com/MrMikeParker/
Or visit his film production Course page at, www.facebook.com/FilmProductionUOG
Go behind the scenes of Trigger Bang, one of Mike’s very first New Creatives projects.