Baris Azman / Filmmaker

It Hasn’t Happened Yet: On Directing Amateur Actors

Posted in Commentary, Short Films, Teaching, Workshop, Writing by barisazman on February 17, 2011

MUBI Garage (the online filmmaking and production school) asked me to write an article about my experiences on filmmaking in their Production Notes. It’s called IT HASN’T HAPPENED YET: Directing Amateur Actors. It’s also reposted here after the jump.


IFFB ’10: filmXperience

Posted in Teaching, Workshop by barisazman on March 29, 2010

Had a great time again this year at the International Film Festival Breda. I taught two classes where the majority of students were over twenty, so we were able to go a little bit deeper into the subject mattter. At night I was able to pitch my film to some people, which is in the middle of rewriting and I was pleased to see that it went over really well.

Check out the Film Festival Journal, made in part, by my former students of the St. Joost:

International Film Festival Breda 2010: filmXperience Screenwriting Workshop

Posted in Festival, Teaching, Workshop by barisazman on February 25, 2010
IFFB 2010 trailer by Studio Smack.

On the 27th of March I will be holding a lecture/workshop on screenwriting again at the filmXperience, which is a part of the International Film Festival Breda. The filmXperience is a podium where young starting filmmakers, actors and actresses, can learn more about the filmmaking process. There are workshops on animation, film and finance, improv, acting and screenwriting (by yours truly).

St. Joost: Script review

Posted in News, Teaching, Workshop, Writing by barisazman on November 9, 2009



After a little over two months, the screenplay classes I taught at St. Joost are finished. Students received their grades last week (overall good). It was a great chance to teach for a longer duration and on a regular basis. To be able to develop screenplays with the 3rd year students, watching their ideas grow and finally realize into a workable shooting script.

Definitely an experience I’d like to repeat after a while.  Congratulations to all the students, it was a great experience.

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Classes and Seminairs updates

Posted in News, Teaching, Workshop, Writing by barisazman on September 25, 2009

Things have been pretty busy these past weeks. Aside from working on my screenplay, working on a current corporate project, editing for another filmmaker and discussing future projects, I have been teaching a lot. We’re nearing the halfway mark with my class at St. Joost. The plans are really taking shape for the students and I am looking forward to the end results. It’s great to see all kinds of different approaches too.

Film By The Sea Festival was a great experience. I had three different classes on one day and I had a chance to visit a ‘black tie’ premiere party. Unfortunately, I was the only one not in black tie. Nonetheless it was nice and I had a chance to talk to some old friends. Thanks to the festival and the filmXperience for their hospitality.

st joost by the sea

St. Joost – Screenwriting Class

Posted in News, Teaching, Workshop, Writing by barisazman on September 7, 2009


Classes have officialy started. This is my class for the next 8 weeks. We’re meeting once every week for a whole day. Most of the students are third year, but there are a few final year students who wanted to join the class too.
We started with running and gunning through my screenwriting 101 lecture (for the few who weren’t present at my guest lecture a few months back) and then proceeded to discuss several opening shots/scenes of films.

The objective of this semester is, to write a fully presentable and working short screenplay. Some students are a little less versed in the tradition of screenwriting, so everyone will probably have their own pace. Every week we will discuss eachother’s work and comment on it. We don’t have a specific theme for the screenplays, but the students are encouraged to write their ‘dream film’, as in, no restrictions of budget. So they don’t have to think about whether they can actually get a chance to be able to finance it. It’s strictly focused on the writing, hopefully freeing up the creative flow. Though, who ever wants, can write it in such a way, that they can actually get to shoot it, maybe even later on in the same school year. Final year students will write and fine tune their graduation film.

Aside from writing and workshopping, there will also be moments where I will discuss film theory and we will watch films or parts of films.

Teaching Screenwriting at St. Joost for a semester

Posted in News, Teaching, Writing by barisazman on July 31, 2009

st joost semester

The lecture I did at the St. Joost Arts Academy in Breda, The Netherlands, went over really well, with students and the board, that I got the call back to actually teach there next school year. I will be teaching screenwriting to third year students at the ‘Audio-Visual department’ at the start of this September, for one whole semester. It’s really interesting teaching and talking about screenwriting, film-making and film theory and I look forward to this opportunity. And I hope to inspire students with diverse subjects and approaches to screenwriting.

The specific approach of the classes is still under wraps, but I will tell more as the classes start.

Teaching Screenwriting at Film By The Sea Film Festival

Posted in News, Teaching, Workshop by barisazman on July 26, 2009

film by the sea teach

On Saturday 12 September, I will be teaching screenwriting at this year’s Film By The Sea Film Festival, held in Vlissingen, The Netherlands.  Again, as a part of a program called ‘The filmXperience’, which consists of workshops and lectures about filmmaking.  People who are interested can apply at the website of the festival. The festival itself will be from 11-20 September. I will be present at the festival on 11 and 12 September.

I saw on their website, that in an earlier edition of the festival, they screened THE BIG LEBOWSKI on an outside location. So I am curious if I can watch something interesting on the Friday before my class.


External Advisor

Posted in Advisor, Teaching by barisazman on June 19, 2009

deltion 1

I was asked to be an external advisor for the graduating class of the ‘Video & Photography’ department at the Deltion College in Zwolle, The Netherlands. Daan Hartoog, a friend and co-producer of my graduation film EFENDI, is teaching there and together with two other teachers we had to decide on which students passed and with what grades. What I saw were very diverse films, ranging from fiction, documentary and even a spec tv-show. I was very surprised at the quality of the films and was glad to see that Fikret Koç, one of the actors of EFENDI, who was in the class also, is becoming a filmmaker in his own right.

They all graduated. Congratulations to the class of ’09.

Teaching screenwriting at the International Film Festival Breda

Posted in Teaching, Workshop by barisazman on March 28, 2009


I was asked by the people of International Film Festival Breda, to participate as one of seven teachers at the program called ‘The filmXperience’.  This is a collection of workshops throughout a single day, where young students (ages 15 – 27) can learn more about filmmaking in all it’s facets. From writing (which I thought), to acting, directing, etc.  At the end of the day, there were two masterclasses taught by Dutch director Erik De Bruyn (WILDE MOSSELS, NADINE) and actor Hugo Metsers (SIBERIA). These workshops were all part of the film festival which was held from the 25th till the 29th of March, 2009.


Teaching screenwriting at St. Joost, Breda

Posted in News, Teaching by barisazman on January 29, 2009


I was asked by coordinator René Bosma of the St. Joost Arts Academy to do a lecture on my experiences as a filmmaker and screenwriter and do a crash course on the art of screenwriting. The class took a total of four hours and was attended by first, second, third and final year students. We covered basics such as what constitutes a screenplay, working visually, but also breaking the rules after knowing them. Also, how to keep writing, different approaches (outlining or not) and more.

Unfortunately due to delays in the overall programming, we didn’t get to do my running commentary on Joel & Ethan Coen’s NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. But the students and René liked what I did, and there’s a possibility I can come back in the near future to discuss and examine what makes the film so good. Personally, I’d also be interested in doing a longer workshop type seminar with students, where we actually take a few weeks and write a short screenplay together. As in, every student writes their own and even I join in with a screenplay of my own, where we can discuss our progress together.

More on the St. Joost Arts academy: