SDTN Welcomes Tom Vaughan to Scotland

This week the Scottish Drama Training Network invited international Film and TV Director Tom Vaughan to speak to our Network students at two intimate events at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier’s Screen Academy Scotland on 25 and 26 May.

Tom, originally from Helensburgh, now lives and works in the USA and has directed several award winning Film and TV productions. Tom’s latest television work includes the BAFTA winning drama Doctor Foster (BBC/Netflix). A five part contemporary revenge drama, it was 2015’s highest rated new drama in the UK and won numerous national awards. Victoria (ITV/Masterpiece) a lavish series about Queen Victoria which has been nominated for several National TV Awards and The Son (AMC) a period drama based on a fictional Texan family starring Pierce Brosnan.

Tom’s movie work includes Starter for 10 (HBO Films/BBC Films) – an 80s coming of age comedy starring James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, James Corden and Charles Dance. What Happens in Vegas (20th Century Fox) – an international hit comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher and Zach Galfinakis; medical drama Extraordinary Measures (CBS Films) starring Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell and romantic comedy Some Kind of Beautiful (Southpaw Entertainment) starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba and Malcolm McDowell.

Tom spoke to students about his career and the challenges he faces as a director. Tom compared working on Hollywood blockbusters with his work on award winning TV programmes. In particular he talked about his work on Victoria, students were shown exclusive clips which provided insight into the process of using visual effects post production and the importance of using storyboards to visualise ideas.

Tom’s upcoming projects include directing Press a five part drama for BBC/Masterpiece/Amazon about the world of contemporary newspapers written by award winning playwright Mike Bartlett.


Director Tom Vaughan and RCS students

Director Tom Vaughn speaks to students at RCS about hit drama Victoria. Photo credit: Julie RCS

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