BFI Film Academy Scotland Residential 2016

ScreenEdLogo So, this was forwarded to me. An 11 day, fully-funded (ie: FREE), residential film-making course that you can apply for if you have made a short film (ahem… Assignment, anyone?) and are interested in film-making. Did I mention it was FREE?

BFI_MAS_LOGO_WHITEYou can get details/website here: FILM ACADEMY SCOTLAND

You can download the application form here: PDF Format / M$ Word Format 

You can see examples of work from previous courses here: YouTube Link (and check bottom of the post)

And you can ask me questions via scottishteacher

Now get busy, get filming, and get happy!


Subject: BFI Film Academy Scotland Residential 2016

Hello,

I hope this email finds you well. I am writing to you with an opportunity for any 16-19 year olds that you know who may be interested in taking part in an exciting residential film making course.

Applications are now open for the BFI Film Academy Scotland Residential 2016 in Edinburgh, and it is open to young people across the UK between the ages of 16-19.

Over the past three years we have run BFI Film Academies across Scotland, and have trained and developed over 120 young people, helping them to produce over 14 short films. Participants have progressed from the Academy onto college and university film and media courses, national residential courses in specialisms such as VFX, Screenwriting, Cinematography, onto film and TV sets and some have even started their own production companies.

Over the course of eleven days, between 2nd and 12th August, we are offering intensive training in; storytelling, directing, production, sound recording, editing and camera with the final aim of devising, shooting and producing a plot driven narrative short film. Working with key individuals within the film industry, we will provide an understanding of commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality.

I have attached an information sheet with further information on the course and where to access the application form. Please do distribute this where you feel is appropriate, and if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you so much for your time.

Kind regards,

Kerri Rolland

BFI Film Academy Scotland Co-ordinator

Screen Education Edinburgh

30 Ferry Road Avenue

Edinburgh

EH4 4BA

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Institution (Waltz?)

Obscure prog rock reference aside, I’ve just had a query about Institution and PQD.

Most of the information you need is on the slides, but for clarity, the most important things to remember are:

Stamp PQD PriscillaCasting: Terence Stamp (Wikipedia, IMDB, Guardian interview) would have appealed to an international audience as the big ‘name’ in the cast.

Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Bill Hunter would appeal to the home Australian audience… (Incidentally, click through on the links, especially Bill Hunter’s as it’s an interview from 1994 so fits in nicely with society… and also how casting can work)

Get the casting right, you pull in an audience, your film makes money… or more importantly, your message gains an audience…

Production: What would have been the challenges of producing PQD? Especially at that point in history and against the prevailing social background (fear of AIDS, homosexuality was still frowned upon, and so forth)… would it have been easy to get the necessary finance for the film without the likes of Stamp/Hunter on board?

Look at the respective credits for the two main producers, Al Clark and Michael Hamlyn. One has a background in drama (including the critically acclaimed adaptation of 1984), the other is known for music videos… how might these backgrounds have helped producing PQD?

The production companies involved include the New South Wales Film & Television Office who have a specific remit to promote film-making and as such help subsidise ‘edgier’ subject matter.

Marketing: Look again at the 5 posters for the film included in the slides… can you see how each is designed to appeal to a different audience (mostly through the choice of anchorage — either quotes form reviews, or specific blurbs). This is all part of creating a ‘buzz’ around the film, and so encouraging people to want to go and see it.

Finally… read this Guardian article about the 20th Anniversary of Priscilla. It contains this rather useful paragraph that neatly sums up PQD’s main message and why the film was so important:

“That’s just what his country needs,” Bernadette scoffs. “A cock in a frock on a rock.” And, actually, that was just what the country needed: an intelligent and entertaining Australian film that embraces LGBT culture without turning turning a quintessentially personal story into an exercise in outrage-pedalling and button-pushing.

Being realistic, Institution is unlikely to be the stem for Q1, but if you swot up on the above, you would be able to tackle it if it did. 🙂

PS: Don’t overlook the money

PPS: Check your spelling!

  • Stephan Elliott
  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (PQD)
  • 1994
  • Australia

PPPS: The aria is called Sempre Libera, it’s from Verdi’s La Traviata and the translation of the lyrics is as follows:

Free and aimless I frolic
From joy to joy,
Flowing along the surface
of life’s path as I please.
As the day is born,
Or as the day dies,
Happily I turn to the new delights
That make my spirit soar.

Love is a heartbeat throughout the universe,
mysterious, altering,
the torment and delight of my heart.

Oh! Oh! Love!
Madness! Euphoria!

If that doesn’t sum up Adam/Felicia/Guy Pearce’s character, then what does! 😉

PPPPS: Can you tell I’m going OTT as I want you all to do well?