(James Fair in centre with Kate O’Toole on the right)
Filmbase, in association with Staffordshire University, is proud to announce the Irish launch of an industry-facing Masters-level course aimed at preparing filmmakers for the reality of writing, developing, pitching, producing, shooting, editing, posting and distributing feature films in digital formats.
Digital techniques have removed many of the barriers between traditional film, video and computer systems, creating new platforms for digital production. Recent Irish successes such as the IFTA winning One Hundred Mornings and Rewind, produced through the Irish Film Board and Filmbase sponsored Catalyst Project scheme, have proven that creative filmmakers can produce original and distinctive work at much lower budgets than traditionally possible. Building on the opportunities offered by this radical change in model, this innovative course equips film students with both creative and technological skills for future roles in digital film production and the creative industries.
James Fair, Course Leader and Lecturer in Film Technology at Staffordshire University, states “We see it as developing a pathway for existing and aspiring filmmakers to get their skills accredited and recognised at an advanced postgraduate level while still fully engaging in the practice of filmmaking. If we are going to be serious about filmmaking we need to be making films, not just reading about them”.
Alan Fitzpatrick from Filmbase adds “We are delighted at the industry response to this course. Everyone felt there was a need for something like this to happen and right across the board support for the programme, both here and internationally, has been exceptional. Motivated students will really benefit from the industry connections supporting the programme.”
The course will run for one year full-time from Filmbase. Optional modules will also take place throughout the year in London and in Berlin during the European Film Market.
In addition to the one year full-time course for new filmmakers, a limited number of industry places are available for filmmakers who have already completed feature film work. In such circumstances, professional filmmakers can apply to have their existing work validated and may earn the MSc qualification on completion of a supervised thesis and academic modules.
Filmmakers interested in applying for the course can find more details on www.filmmasters.ie