BFilm Micro Graduate+ Film School

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3:20am 5 Mar 2014
BFilm Micro Graduate+ Film School

Want to make a short film working alongside industry professionals?

Then read on…..

BFilm Micro Graduate+ Film School

BFilm Micro, a digital film studio based in Birmingham, has teamed up with Birmingham City University’s Graduate+ scheme to produce two short films as part of an intensive summer film school.

Working from specially commissioned scripts written by Graduate+ students from the school of Creative Writing, you’ll be part of a filmmaking team guided by Producers Pip Piper and Paul Green plus Screenwriter Andy Conway. From pre-production, through shooting the films, to editing, you’ll be supported by film industry professionals with vast experience in making films.

We aim to inspire you with industry focused sessions where guest speakers will give you the lowdown on how they broke into film and TV, offering helpful tips along the way. You’ll also have access to film professionals whilst shooting your films.

The films will be crewed entirely by Graduate+ students with on set support from experts in their field such as cinematographers and sound recordists. The completed films will be screened in front of an invited audience at a cinema in Birmingham in October. We then plan to submit the finished films to UK and International film festivals.

Some roles on the film will call for specific technical film related skills and knowledge. For non-technical film roles, we are looking for the following skills: organisational ability, excellent understanding of social media marketing and research skills. You’ll find a full list of production roles below.

To get involved you must be registered to the BCU Graduate+ programme and commit to a timetable of events and production meetings starting in early May and running through to late July 2017. Filming will take place in the week commencing 11thJuly. Editing of the films will commence on Monday 17th July until Friday 21st July. Not all students will be required every day during the editing week.

We anticipate that the level of commitment and learning will be sufficient to reach a Graduate+ Gold Award for students involved in the full filmmaking process. The one-off industry guest speaker events and initial registration will count towards your Bronze award.

BCU Student register here at Graduate+

  • Log into your Graduate+ account using your student ID username and password (not needed, if already registered with Graduate+)
  • Click on 'My account'  - go to 'see my progress'
  • Click on a + linked to appropriate attribute (Creative,  Enterprising, Professional,  Global) within the Bronze column - choose BFilm Micro Graduate+ Film School Registration from the drop down menu. Submit this activity for registration.

Once Registered .....

Email  with a CV and a paragraph outlining why you want to get involved and what qualities and skills you can bring to the project.

The deadline for applications is Monday 17th April.

The BFilm Micro team will sift through the applications and arrange to interview prospective candidates. There will be two crews working on the short films, therefore we need two people for each role. There will be approximately 40 core Graduate+ students working on the short films. Industry guest speaker events will be open to ALL Graduate+ students irrespective of film and video experience.

Roles available on the BFilm Micro Graduate+ Film School:

  • Producer x 2 – Organisational ability essential but some technical knowledge an advantage.
  • Production Assistant x 2 – As above
  • Director x 2 – Directed previous film/video projects, or a theatre production and are keen to move into film.
  • Director of Photography x 2 – Experience of shooting films and technical knowledge essential.
  • Assistant Camera x 2 – As above.
  • DIT x 2 – Experience of data storing/handling essential.
  • Sound Recordist x 2 – Experience of recording sound for film and video essential.
  • Boom Operator x 2 - Experience of recording sound for film and video useful but not essential.
  • Gaffer (Lighting) x 2 – Experience of lighting film/video or theatre projects essential.
  • Editor x 2 – Experience of editing fiction film or video projects essential.
  • 1st Assistant Director x 2 – Experience on film or video set essential.
  • Script Supervisor (continuity) x 2 – Attention to detail and organisational skills essential.
  • Art Department/Props x 2 – Experience of set dressing in film or theatre productions.
  • Stills Photographer x 2 – Background in digital photography essential.
  • Soundtrack Composer x 2 – Experience of composing for film or video essential.
  • Actors (speaking roles x 6) – Experience of acting for screen and stage essential.
  • Social Media/Marketing x 2 – Experience of digital marketing (college project or work placement) essential.
  • ‘Making of’ videographers x 4 – Experience of shooting events or ‘behind the scenes’ video footage.
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