CFS 2017 cinematographers visit Panalux

CFS 2017 cinematographers visit Panalux

Our final year BA Practical Filmmakers who have chosen to specialise in cinematography were lucky to visit Panalux this week.

They were shown round by Ole Mienert (Emerging Filmmakers Liaison) and Stewart Hadley, and introduced to Panalux's amazing range of lights and lighting options - some of which had recently returned from the Game of Thrones set.

Panalux also donated some lighting gels to the school, and the cinematographers received t-shirts and mugs.

We're extremely grateful to Ole and Stewart and all at Panalux for their hospitality and generosity. We're certain this insight will be invaluable to our cinematography specialists as they prepare to shoot their graduation films, and as they make decisions about their post-graduation plans!

East End Film Festival 2017 - coming soon

East End Film Festival 2017 - coming soon

The East End Film Festival takes place in a couple of weeks on our home turf, and features some Central Film School-related talent. It's sure to be a brilliant celebration of the filmmaking talent to be found in the capital.

CFS tutor Rafael Kapelinski's Butterfly Kisses - fresh from Berlinale victory - will screen twice, including in the coveted Opening Film EEFF Headline slot on Saturday 1st July. Click here for booking and info »

CFS graduate Dominic Beeput's short film Sonny is part of a programme of short films showing for free in Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday June 3rd at 4pm. Sonny tells the story of a young boy forced to confront his feelings of guilt and loneliness. Click here for more info »

Other films paying the festival include Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me, the Syria documentary from the director of Cartel Land City Of Ghosts, and Stephen Fry adaptation The Hippopotamus. The festival runs from 2nd June to 2nd July 2017. Click here for more information about the festival and its programme »

New Head of Curriculum at Central Film School: David Knight

David Knight has been announced as the new Head of Curriculum at Central Film School. 

David is an educator, award-winning director and director of photography, with a wealth of experience in the film and television industries. He has shot sequences for the London 2012 Olympic Games, installations at Tate Modern, and work for cinema, broadcast and online platforms in the UK, Europe and internationally.

His recent work has focused on collaborations with international organisations like Amnesty International and the Royal College of Psychiatrists - using film to explore issues such as human rights and mental health provision. His film The Stuff of Life, shot for Amnesty, addressed waterboarding. It was then the subject of a CNN report, which was screened in Congress and caused a change of policy.

This experience will be invaluable in shaping Central Film School’s new courses that focus on factual filmmaking - a One-Month Documentary course, and an MA in Social Impact Documentary Filmmaking - that seek to use filmmaking techniques to illuminate injustices and motivate social change.

David says:

This is an exciting and fruitful time for film and programme makers, and I look forward to working with Central Film School students and understanding their career aspirations. I’m particularly excited about bringing my experience in factual filmmaking into these new courses, and empowering our new filmmakers to change the world.

David comes to Central Film School from London College of Communication (University of the Arts London), where he was Programme Leader for BA Film and Television, as well as a Senior Lecturer and Researcher.

His website is http://davidknightdp.co.uk/

Graduation film Holmgång on awards spree!

Graduation film Holmgång on awards spree!

Director Tariq Keblaoui's graduation film Holmgång has won two awards in quick succession, as our BA Practical Filmmaking graduates take their final project short films out to a wide variety of festivals.

Holmgång won the Best Student Film award at the London Independent Film Awards, a monthly competition awarding the best in independent film.

Director of Photography Jenna Wörlin won the Best Cinematography award at Barcelona Planet Film Festival. Actor Eddie Toll was also nominated for Best Actor for his work as the character Norn.

UPDATE 25/4 - Holmgang has also won Best Student Director (Tariq Keblaoui) and Best Cinematographer (Jenna Wörlin) at the TMC London Film Festival - read more here »

Holmgång was also selected for the Roma CinemaDoc festival.

We'll keep you updated all other festival appearances by our recent graduation films.

These final projects were put together by a core of six BA Practical Filmmaking students, with the support and assistance of a larger crew of students, colleagues and friends. The six specialisms assessed in our graduation projects are Directing, Producing, Cinematography, Continuity/Editing, Sound, and 1st Assistant Director. These specialisms give each student a good mix of a major role on a 10min short film, and a minor role in a field where employment will be easier to find immediately post-graduation.

If you're interested in speaking to us about the BA Practical Filmmaking, or any of our courses, get in touch »

CFS tutor Rafael Kapelinski wins Crystal Bear at Berlin International Film Festival

CFS tutor Rafael Kapelinski wins Crystal Bear at Berlin International Film Festival

Recent CFS tutor Rafael Kapelinski is the director of Butterfly Kisses, winner of a Crystal Bear at this year's Berlin International Film Festival. The Crystal Bear celebrates the best film in the Generation 14Plus category - films made for a young audience.

Read the full story in the Hollywood Reporter »

Butterfly Kisses tells the story of Jamie, his two friends, and a teenage world revolving around sex and porn:

Each of the three friends battle with their own demons: since the death of his mother, Kyle finds the only comfort he can with prostitutes; Jarred's sex addiction manifests into more extreme fetishes; and then there's Jamie.

Jamie has a dark secret and desires that he can't confess to his friends. How can Jamie deal with feelings that must never be divulged to anyone, ever? 

Butterfly Kisses was produced through Film London's Microwave scheme, and won over the Berlin jury: "From the kaleidoscopic opening sequence onwards, we are captivated by the haunting intensity of this electrifying feature film debut."

Congratulations to Rafael, and his cast and crew!

Studio transformed by Six-Month Independent Filmmakers

Studio transformed by Six-Month Independent Filmmakers

Our studio was transformed into a half-destroyed apocalyptic dwelling today, as our Six-Month Filmmaking students prepared to shoot a seven-minute short film.

Most schools wouldn't encourage rubble, graffiti, dust and guns in their classrooms - but we couldn't resist such a compelling place for a story to unfold.

If you're interested in joining the next Six-Month Independent Filmmaking cohort, get in touch »

Graduation Ceremony - 30th November 2016

Graduation Ceremony - 30th November 2016

Graduating students, friends and family, and others in the Central Film School community came together on Wednesday 30th November 2016 at Curzon Bloomsbury. We watched nine graduation films made by our BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking students, and celebrated the graduation of our undergraduate and Filmmaking Diploma graduates.

The evening started with a commencement speech by film producer Bob Portal, and concluded with a valedictory speech by S14 student Tariq Keblaoui, before revelling into the night at the Curzon bar!

Thanks to our hosts Curzon Bloomsbury; to Bertha DocHouse, Onsight, ProAV, and Shooting People for providing prizes; and to all attendees for a great night!

Behind The Scenes: graduation film Holmgång

Behind The Scenes: graduation film Holmgång

Graduation film Holmgång has just released a new trailer, and some beautiful behind-the-scenes photos, taken by Brendan Julian. Take a look at a few below, or the full set on the film's Facebook page.

Onsight partners with Central Film School

Onsight partners with Central Film School

We’re delighted to announce the pioneering facilities company Onsight has partnered with Central Film School to introduce our students to their up-to-the-minute equipment and award-winning team of creatives and technical crew.

Onsight have over 25 years’ experience, and have supplied equipment and services for production companies like 20th Century Fox, Millennium Films, BBC Comedy, Sky, The Mill, Nick Broomfield, and countless others.

The partnership will include sponsorship of the Best Filmmaker Award at this year’s graduation ceremony, with the winner receiving a week’s camera rental from Onsight.

The company will also offer internships at their facility in Shepperton Studios, workshops with our Cinematography specialism students, and equipment discounts for students.

We’re really excited about the possibilities of working with such a renowned name in facilities and post-production, and are certain that our students will hugely benefit from such high-level industry insight at the start of their filmmaking careers.

Visit Onsight at www.onsight.co.uk »

George Amponsah visits the School with his documentary The Hard Stop

George Amponsah visits the School with his documentary The Hard Stop

We were extremely pleased to welcome director George Amponsah to the School last night for a screening of his documentary The Hard Stop and a post-screening Q&A.

The Hard Stop is a documentary about the friends and family of Mark Duggan, the man shot twice by London police whose death prompted the start of rioting across the UK. The film follows two of his friends in particular - Marcus and Kurtis - as they seek justice for Mark, and try to get on with their daily lives in the aftermath.

George talked to students about the conception of the project, how to direct when responding to changing circumstances around you, budgets, and the development of a feature score.

Thanks to George for his time and willingness to share his insights!

All My Love Always wins Best Soundtrack at My RØDE Reel

All My Love Always wins Best Soundtrack at My RØDE Reel

Huge congratulations to the team of CFS filmmaking students behind the stylish black-and-white short All My Love Always, which has won Best Soundtrack at the My RØDE Reel competition.

The film - which was shot in Central Film School's studio - was also a finalist for Best Art Direction and the Behind-The-Scenes Prize

The short was written and directed by BA Practical Filmmaking student Markus Tangre, and produced by classmate Fabian Barba. A host of other Practical Filmmaking students took crew and acting roles - James Benkowski, Anna Höwing, Aiman Jabayee, Sam White, Marina Charriton, Tuan Nguyen and Brendan Julian.

The team won sound kit from RØDE, and are looking forward to working on future projects!

Statement on the EU Referendum

Statement on the EU Referendum

Central Film School is a school with an international outlook. We have students currently studying with us from 31 different countries, and our tutors and staff come from the EU and across the world. 

Whilst the full effects of the referendum on membership of the European Union are as yet unknown, we wish to reaffirm our commitment to our students and staff from outside the UK, and our commitment to diverse stories told on film.

Students from the EU who have applied for 2016/17 entry to our school should continue as before - we do not anticipate rapid change to the process in the short term. EU students considering an application to Central Film School should also proceed as normal - email us at hello@centralfilmschool.com or phone us on +44 (0) 20 7377 6060 if you have any queries.

We believe films are made by teams, and that conversation and collaboration are key to a better world. We will continue to work with students from the UK, the EU and beyond, helping them to tell their stories, and focusing on what unites us, rather than divides us.

Test screening for new thriller Fashionista held at Central Film School

Test screening for new thriller Fashionista held at Central Film School

Director Simon Rumley (Red White & Blue, The ABCs of Death) and producer Bob Portal held a test screening of their new thriller Fashionista in Central Film School's screening theatre this past Monday. The film is currently in post-production, and the creators sought feedback from students about the plot and tone of the film before the final edit.

The director-producer team had previously tested their film Red White & Blue at the school. Bob Portal is also a long-term tutor at Central Film School.

Simon Rumley, director of Fashionista, in front of his signed poster for Red White & Blue at Central Film School

Simon Rumley, director of Fashionista, in front of his signed poster for Red White & Blue at Central Film School

Students attend preview screening of The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case

Students attend preview screening of The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case

Five of our students attended a special preview screening of new horror film The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case last night, with an introduction by the film's director James Wan and star Patrick Wilson.

Practical Filmmakers enter My RØDE Reel 2016

Practical Filmmakers enter My RØDE Reel 2016

Our first-year Practical Filmmakers have been putting their skills to good use by entering the RØDE Microphones My RØDE Reel 2016 competition. Voting is now open, so take a look at the films, check out their behind-the-scenes videos, and vote for your favourite!

All My Love Always

Directed by Markus Tangre, this stylised delight tells the story of Murray, an everyday asylum-dweller writing home to keep his mother informed about his progress. Watch and vote »

The Life Absurd with Ben Dur

"The struggle between a creator and his creation" - written by Aiman Jabayee, with shades of Wes Anderson and Samuel Beckett. Watch and vote »

CFS hosts Q&A with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby

CFS hosts Q&A with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby

The Oscar and BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (An Education, Wild, Brooklyn) today spent some time answering questions about screenwriting, his career, and the production process with our Screenwriting and Practical Filmmaking students.

Topics addressed included his approach to adaptation, the way he chooses projects, and whether writers would truly be happy just writing for themselves and not for an audience.

Nick also very kindly donated early draft copies of the screenplay to An Education (working title "University of Life"!) to the Central Film School library.

Huge thanks to Nick for his time and generosity, Lucy for her assistance, and the marvellous folks at Close-Up Film Centre for hosting us!


IFD student Rafael Azzalin working with Beyond Time on Syrian refugee documentary

IFD student Rafael Azzalin working with Beyond Time on Syrian refugee documentary

Current student Rafael Azzalin (Independent Filmmaking Diploma S15) has been working with production company Beyond Time on a documentary about the Syrian refugee crisis - Somewhere Out There.

As part of the filming, Raf travelled to the front line of the humanitarian crisis, filming the passage of refugees into Europe, and some of the challenges they've faced on their onward journey.

Director James Alexander said:

It has been a pleasure working with Rafael over the course of last month, he is a fantastic chap to have around in those kind high risk situations, great at taking direction, he bought many smiles to a lot of families faces and a great deal of expertise to the team. 

Take a look at the trailer below. We're looking forward to seeing more of this powerful and personal documentary.

Visit to Pinewood Studios with RED Digital Cinema

Visit to Pinewood Studios with RED Digital Cinema

Our BA Practical Filmmaking cinematography specialists made a trip yesterday to Pinewood Studios to visit RED Digital Cinema.

RED provided access to the amazing RED Epic camera, and representatives from Zeiss showed off some new lenses. Our filmmakers then chose lenses, and completed some test shots on the backlot at Pinewood, before grading the rushes and having them projected on the 4K screen.

Huge thanks to RED, Zeiss and Pinewood, and tutor Martyn Bray for arranging this brilliant trip!

Undergrad student Alexander Lamb produces music video for Dream In Colour

Undergrad student Alexander Lamb produces music video for Dream In Colour

Our students aren't limited to working on their productions for school - they also undertake a wide range of extracurricular film projects. A case in point is BA Practical Filmmaking student Alexander Lamb, who recently produced a music video.

He writes:

It was enormously exciting to have the opportunity to to produce this Music Video for "Dream in Colour" as part of AL. AKP Productions. Working with the cast and crew was absolutely amazing! 

We can't wait to see the finished video!

Cinematography trips to Panalux Lighting and Shepperton Studios

Cinematography trips to Panalux Lighting and Shepperton Studios

Our cinematography specialists in their final year of the BA Practical Filmmaking degree recently took part in trips to Panalux Lighting London and Onsight Camera Rentals at Shepperton Studios.

At Panalux, the students were invited to join the Panalux Emerging Talent Database, and got their own Panalux mugs!

At Onsight Camera Rentals, the team bench-tested lenses and sampled life on the lot.

Check out some photos of them in action below...