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Edgar Wright to share his expertise in filmmaking for BBC Maestro course

The ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Baby Driver’ filmmaker is to teach his art in a new virtual programme

By Charlotte Krol

Edgar Wright in the trailer for his BBC Maestro filmmaking course
Edgar Wright in the trailer for his BBC Maestro filmmaking course. (Picture: YouTube/BBC Maestro)

Edgar Wright is to teach the art of filmmaking for a BBC Maestro course.

The director and screenwriter, who has helmed films including Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Baby Driver, will give an informative, virtual course on filmmaking next month.

Wright‘s BBC Maestro course, which goes live on 8 September, features five sessions that will range from “everything from his signature stylised edits and soundtrack selection to how he approaches his first day on set”, according to press material.

The four-hour long course is broken down into five main areas: ‘the craft of writing’; ‘storyboards and animatics’; ‘casting and directing actors’; ‘shooting action sequences’, and ‘getting your film seen’. There are 27 lessons in total and the course costs £80 (pre-order here).

Wright said: “In doing this filmmaking course, I hope I am able to impart some wisdom along with a few helpful tools that will aid in your first steps to becoming the filmmaker you know you can be.

“I can promise you that every filmmaker from the big action directors to the first-time indie darlings approach each film they make with a daunting sense of uncertainty. There’s no race to the finish line with filmmaking. Hone your craft in whatever amount of time it takes you, and you’ll make your dreams a reality eventually.”

He continued: “I’d assumed wrongly that all directors were born in Hollywood and that Steven Spielberg was dropped off by a stork at Universal Pictures.

“I think it’s important for filmmakers to always be challenging themselves and questioning the decisions they are making stylistically. In doing so, your style will be refined and your filmmaking will become stronger.”

In recent years Wright has worked on The Sparks Brothers, a documentary about his favourite band, and Last Night in Soho, his first foray into the psychological horror genre.