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.

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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 Film By The Sea Film Festival

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

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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.


Scriptdesk: De Proeftuin Part II

Posted in Feature Film, News, The Man Who Got Lost, Workshop, Writing by barisazman on June 5, 2009

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The meeting day SCRIPTDESK: DE PROEFTUIN, where directors, writers, producers and distributors were able to discuss eachother’s work was a great success. It was really good to give comments on other people’s work and get interesting feedback on my project. I got a lot of great insights and some interesting viewpoints on the synopsis of THE MAN WHO GOT LOST. I was particularly glad that the main themes and visual approach got across to most people. It’s really hard to compress an entire feature film plan into two pages, but with all the comments I think I now have more of a grip on how to put my idea on paper in a more concise fashion. Thanks to the people at Scriptdesk, LEV Pictures and everyone who participated and to all the people I got businesscards from.

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Scriptdesk: De Proeftuin

Posted in Feature Film, News, The Man Who Got Lost, Workshop, Writing by barisazman on May 21, 2009

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My feature film plan THE MAN WHO GOT LOST was selected among 23 other film projects to participate at the SCRIPTDESK: DE PROEFTUIN (rough translation: THE SAMPLE GARDEN) in Amsterdam. Organized by Lev Pictures (film producers) and Scriptdesk (Script Editors), it’s meant to give directors and screenwriters a chance to meet and get to learn more about eachother and to help out each other’s plan, idea, synopsis or screenplay. So that they may advance a step further in the process. There’s also a chance to meet producers. It’s also meant to get some inspiration and feedback and to meet new people and work on your network.

Today I received all the other film projects and I look forward to reading them all and making notes during the next week. Because, as I understand, I will also be commenting on the other participants projects. I get the same rush as I had when I attended the NISI MASA Script & Pitch workshop last year in France. It’s good getting together every once in a while with serious filmmakers and discussing each other’s work and I hope to meet some new and interesting contacts along the way.

This good news gave me a big boost today with my writing. I also got a very interesting and positive comment from a critic today (concerning my previous films), which will be published soon in the promotional booklet for THE MAN WHO GOT LOST. It actually gave me a helluva lotta insight in the writing of my film. More on that quote at later date.

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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.


ID CIRCLES presskit

Posted in Exhibitions, News, Workshop by barisazman on March 27, 2009

During the exposition of ID CIRCLES (ID CIRKELS), there was a magazine and DVD presented to the public. It was a behind the scenes look about what happened during these workshops. Robert Andriessen was commissioned to make the DVD. Duration of the video is 08:31 minutes. Dutch language.

You can watch the video in a larger size on Robert’s Vimeo site.

More on the workshop ID CIRCLES that I did, in an earlier post.


WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE workshop and exposition

Posted in Exhibitions, News, Workshop by barisazman on March 27, 2009


At the start of 2009 I was approached by Karlijn Koenen (project designer) to be one of three artists (alongside Anouk Bax and Tijs Rooijakkers) give a workshop  to a group of 12 year old children. We had seven weeks (one day a week) to make a short film together. The name of the project was ID CIRKELS (ID CIRCLES) and was organised together with The Krabbedans (platform for professional artists, located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and Advicepoint Discrimination (Adviespunt discriminatie) and The Safetyhouse (het Veiligheidshuis). The main theme was to introduce the children to the creative arts and have them reflect on issues such as self-identity and prejudices.


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