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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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...
Our final year BA Practical Filmmaking students are hard at work preparing their graduation films, and they're offering you a chance to peek behind-the-scenes as they prepare. We'll keep this page updated with links to social media and crowdfunding sites...
One Life, One Death, Two Snails
Director Asya Segalovich brings together three stories of confinement and escape. Their Kickstarter campaign smashed their £2,200 fundraising target, with £2,750 pledged.
Callum started his training at Royal Holloway, with a half-theoretical, half-practical film training, but really wanted to get shooting as soon as he finished. He gravitated towards cinematography, given a natural affinity for cameras and kit, and worked on low-budget films as a trainee and loader.
The arrival of the Red One introduced a whole new access point into the industry, and Callum became a Digital Imaging Technician (DIT). Based on-set, DITs set up cameras, creating looks for DOPs, backing up data, and preparing imagery for editors.
He received an early break working on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the first production with tapeless flow filmed in the UK, and even though Callum was only 21 years old at the time, he brought a significant knowledge of changing technology to the big-budget production. As a result, he set up Digital Orchard, an agency and diary service for (at present) twenty-two Digital Imaging Technicians, working on productions like Prometheus, Jack The Giant Slayer, and Game of Thrones.
Callum is also part of the Guild of British Camera Technicians, training younger technicians, and giving advice on the industry for the next generation.
His one-day seminar at Central Film School looked at the role of the DIT - how they fit into the digital world, how to build workflows at different budgets, and how to get the best look for the least amount of budget. BA Practical Filmmaking students received expert knowledge on camera settings, image Quality Control, on-set colour grading, producing dailies, and more…
Thanks for coming to see us, Callum!
Central Film School is pleased to announce an exciting new direction with a rebrand as the Academy of Intelligent Media, the addition of a raft of new courses and a close partnership with the Bertha Foundation.
A new website and a logo designed by Planning Unit launches today to introduce a series of new courses in social impact documentary filmmaking and disruptive media. Our new tagline, the Academy of Intelligent Media, will bring our ethos in line with the Bertha Foundation, a charitable organisation that champions activists, including filmmakers, who aim to bring about change. Mirroring the foundation's goals, Central Film School aims to nurture talent and support content creation that can achieve a specific impact.
The Bertha Foundation have nurtured global talent and have supported a wide variety of films, including over 180 documentaries, all of which sought a positive social change.
In keeping with our new direction, Central aspires to be the most ethical film school in the UK, from student selection criteria through to teaching students techniques to consider the environmental impact of their filmmaking activities.
While a film school at heart with visual storytelling at the core of what is taught, media will be embraced in a much more holistic way and our students will acquire skills and techniques to future-proof them in the ever-changing media environment.
Jonathan Peake, the new CEO of Central Film School says: ‘It’s a really exciting time here at Central Film School. Thanks to our partnership with the Bertha Foundation we are going to be able to bring to the school inspirational filmmakers, who have all sought to use the medium of film to make a positive social impact. Taking our lead from them, we will be seeking to help our students choose the most appropriate format for their content and distribution strategy to give their films the best chance of finding their intended audience and having its intended impact. We view film in a much broader sense and want to future proof our students for the ever-changing way in which moving image content is being consumed.’
About Central Film School: Academy of Intelligent Media:
Central Film School is a private school based in the east end of London. The school delivers relevant, practical training in filmmaking and screenwriting in a supportive, collaborative and creative environment. Small and friendly, the school provides continuous access to industry-professional tutors and one of the highest student-equipment ratios of any school in the UK.
About the Bertha Foundation:
The Bertha Foundation is a philanthropic organisation that seeks to make a positive social impact by supporting a range of activities that encompass activism, human rights law, enterprise and media. In addition to Central Film School, the Bertha Foundation’s other partners include Curzon Cinemas and Bertha DocHouse, the UK’s first documentary only cinema, located in the Curzon Bloomsbury. And the IDFA Bertha Fund is the only fund in the world dedicated solely to stimulating and empowering the creative documentary sector in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe.
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On Friday, Martyn's cinematographers had an inside look at the ins and outs of stereography. After a little while of getting our heads around the basic principles and the dubious merits of 3D in modern Hollywood, Matt Smith, who has worked on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Jack the Giant Slayer (among others) introduced the group to the potential of 3D for drama and enhancing actors subtle micro-expressions.
Just being at historic Shepperton was very exciting, and while there wasn't an opportunity to cadge a job at the Alice in Wonderland shoot, there was plenty of time to try out the rig and learn the intricacies of setting up a stereo shoot that will draw the audience into the story, not give them headache.
Central Film School alumni Kim Strobl won a BAFTA Cymru award for her latest short film Dancing in Circles. Photo credit: Huw John and BAFTA Cymru