BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production
The year in review
Words by Liam Wells, Course Leader
It is a real pleasure to introduce the graduate showcase online for BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production, where you can explore the wide variety of creative, technical and practical skills our students develop over the duration of their studies.
Despite the significant challenges of the Covid 19 pandemic and the eventual shutdown of all location and studio-based production in March 2020, it is a real testament to the skills, knowledge, community and resilience of our graduating students to see their talent shine through this showcase. Through the individual portfolios you will find a broad range of specialist industry level craft skills on show; from producing, writing, editing and direction, to sound design, cinematography and production design.
I would encourage you to delve into the wide variety of drama, documentary as well as commercial fashion film work on offer across the site. Whilst you will find finished films alongside stills and specialism portfolios, please do reflect on the significance of the achievements of this year of creative talent, to finalise and present such coherent and visually stimulating storytelling in the face of the restrictions of a worldwide crisis.
Despite these challenges, one can see the creative ambitions of adventurous storytelling. Exploring the real world in documentaries such as Bodega (dir. Maz Ferrer) and The Bishop of Brixton (dir. Tom Smith), through to the widest variety of fictional storyworlds in our dramas, including original ‘horror’ Scream King (dir. Bram Kwantes), emotive drama, Tethered Still (dir. Georgia Hardcastle) and biographical period drama I Am Norwell Roberts (dir. Connor McKee). These are just a small handful of the diverse fictional and factual worlds on offer. Telling these stories would not be possible without the craft skills of our specialist cinematographers, sound designers and production designers – please take the time to explore their showreels and portfolios.
Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to thank our many special Industry guests; Florence Watson (Script Editor and NUA FMIP Alumni), Adrian Wootton (CEO Film London), Catherine Goldschmidt (Cinematographer), Simon Scullion (Production Design), Alasdair Flind (Producer), Robert Bourke (Sound Designer) and Sarah Buckenham (Producer), whose professional feedback and support helped students in the final moments to successfully tell their unique stories and prepare them to enter the Film Industry.