An industry focused education in the business and practice of modern independent filmmaking.
This course is designed to give students an industry focused education in the business and practice of modern independent filmmaking. The collaborative nature of modern filmmaking means that this is a course for students with aspirations as writer/directors, directors and producers who want to develop their skills for a long, successful career working in film or the film-related industries.
A particular asset to this MA is its association with Lord David Puttnam. We have been able to negotiate a unique contribution from Lord Puttnam to the teaching of the programme in the form of a customised module.
Lecturers teaching on this course include leading film festival producer Rich Warren (Encounters Film Festival) and BBC award winning short film director Rob Brown whose award winning debut feature film ´Sixteen´ was made with Bath Spa University students.
Applicants will have an original project that they wish to explore and produce during MAIF. They will develop this project in each of the first four modules before having the opportunity to produce it in the Production module.
The application process will require submission of a script or a detailed treatment for a moving image project (narrative short film, documentary, music video). Applicants will also submit a showreel of previous work and these resources will form the basis of an interview.
MT7001-30 Development: In this module students attend workshops and fortnightly lectures with guest speakers from across the industry. Students are introduced to experienced filmmaker teams who give case studies on how they developed and produce their films. Students will also receive coaching on pitching.
MT7002-30 The Philosophy of Film: In this module David Puttnam will draw upon his own distinguished career as a filmmaker to discuss the philosophy of film, the grammar and the language of film through critical and practical analysis. Subject to availability, Lord Puttnam will meet the students in person at the start of the module. Subsequent lectures/seminars will be delivered through video conferencing platforms.
MT7003-30 Pre-Production: In this module students attend workshops on script development, casting, budgeting/ scheduling, relevant software (e.g. Movie Magic), locations and contracts/legals. Students will work individually to develop their pre-production folder and attend a weekly workshop group to discuss their work in progress.
MT7004-30 Film Lab: In this optional module a space is created for students to develop and workshop their work for TV or film based work around cold reading of their respective scripts within the group. Students will be expected to comment on each other’s work, voicing their thoughts and suggestions.
MT7005-30 Transnational Cinemas: Screen and Practice: In this optional module students will explore films in theory and practice. Structured around weekly screenings and seminars, students will look at theories of globalization alongside postcolonial, diasporic, world and transnational cinemas in response to films screened.
MT7006-60 Creative Project: In this tutorial-led module students will complete a moving image related project, e.g., short film, animation. Students will also have the option of completing a written practice-focused dissertation, discussing context, audience, avenues for distribution or other relevant subjects.
Although the MA Independent Filmmaking foregrounds the importance of creative vision, (including storytelling) and in providing an environment which nurtures and inspires this, it also possesses a strong skills agenda across a number of technical and craft areas – lens, digital, sound, and lighting. While we anticipate that the prime aim of MAIF graduates will be to make and exhibit their films in competitions and festivals, MAIF graduates will have intellectual and hard industry skills which will equip them for further postgraduate study, such as a BSU PhD programme or portfolio careers in the media and digital production sectors of the economy.
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