Summer School offers filmmakers a taste of the silver screen

A group of budding filmmakers, together with their friends, families and tutors, celebrated the production of four imaginative short films with a glittering premiere screening at the University of Lincoln, UK.

The event marked the conclusion of the inaugural Film Production Summer School, which was hosted by the University of Lincoln’s School of Film & Media.

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Running for two weeks in July 2015, the Summer School included a packed schedule of fieldtrips, masterclasses delivered by University lecturers and industry leading lights, and an intensive film production programme.

The students worked in small groups to write, produce and edit original short films in response to the brief, ‘Lincoln – In My Dreams’. The finished productions, together with a film which documented the entire Summer School, were then presented to a live audience on Friday 31st July.

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The Summer School, which was the first of its kind in Lincoln – focusing on the key aspects of film production including script-writing, production, directing, cinematography, sound and post production – was led by Senior Lecturer in the Lincoln School of Film & Media, Brian Hall.

Brian said: “We are delighted with the success of Lincoln’s first Film Production Summer School. The UK is home to one of the most exciting film industries in the world, and our Summer School represented a valuable opportunity for young filmmakers looking to take their first steps in the industry. The students were aged from 18-24 and they joined us from all over the UK, the Channel Islands and Ireland, and even from Switzerland. They enjoyed access to the University’s state-of-the-art facilities and were able to work in small groups to bring their visions to life in the form of four fantastic short films.

“They truly embraced the philosophy of the Summer School; above all realising the fun you can have while you learn. It really brought out and showcased their creativity, and it was great to be able to celebrate this with their families at the end of the programme.”

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The students were mentored by Brian throughout the programme, and supported by University of Lincoln students Josh Howarth and Matthew Ware. The Lincoln team also accompanied the young filmmakers on industry field trips to the BBC studios at Media City in Salford, the Coronation Street set in Manchester, the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studios in London, and the National Film & Television School (NFTS) in Beaconsfield.

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At the NFTS, the students learnt from Brian Tufano, who is recognised as one of the UK’s leading cinematographers. Brian Tufano began his career with Brian Hall at the BBC, and went on to work extensively with Danny Boyle on films including Trainspotting and A Life Less Ordinary. In 2001, he won the BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television.

Student Chloe Abraham completed the programme. She said: “This Summer School is no holiday; you will be working late at night and waking up early in the morning. But the skills, friends and experience you gain are worth every single moment.”

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