Do you have aspirations of becoming a writer, director or producer? We’ll help you develop the skills necessary for a career working in the film industry.
Delivered at our Production Hub at Paintworks in Bristol and our Newton Park Campus, we provide an environment which nurtures and inspires creative vision, including storytelling.
You’ll also have access to the University’s postgraduate campus at Corsham Court.
Oscar winning producer, Lord David Puttnam, contributes to the teaching of the programme in the form of a customised module.
We teach you how modern filmmakers work, alongside offering practical experience. You should graduate with:
a range of professional contacts;
the knowledge to get ahead in the film business.
You’ll create a portfolio detailing your preparations for the delivery of a short moving image production. This project could take the form of a short narrative film, documentary, animation, music video or digital marketing strategy.
We’ll encourage you to make your proposed project, however, your success in academic terms doesn’t depend on you completing your project during the course. Research based practice is an equally valid form of study.
Be aware that all projects will require personal or private financing. We’ll provide you with insights into the business side of filmmaking from leading professionals, and expect you to draw on this to seek the resources to complete your project.
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.
Students are introduced to experienced filmmaker teams who give case studies on how they developed and produced their films. Students will also receive coaching on pitching.
The Philosophy of Film
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.
Students attend workshops on script development, casting, budgeting/ scheduling, relevant software (e.g. Movie Magic), locations and contracts/ legals.
Film Lab (optional)
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.
Transnational Cinemas: Screen and Practice (optional)
Structured around weekly screenings and seminars students will explore films in theory and practice.
Students will complete a moving image related project, e.g. short film or animation, with 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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