Film, Radio and Television

The Film, Radio and Television BA programme pays special attention to employability and students are encouraged to work both individually and as part of a team.

The works included in this showreel are drawn from students in the final year of the Film, Radio and Television BA. The programme pay special attention to employability and students are encouraged to work both individually and as part of a team. This helps to develop the transferable skills that are vital in the constantly evolving creative industries while simultaneously providing the opportunity to explore and develop an individual relationship with the respective medias. The tutors are a creative mix of theoreticians and practitioners and all students have access to professional standard production equipment. The Programmes are is taught in the Powell Building, which is named after local filmmaker Michael Powell and opened by his widow Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell, who is Martin Scorsese’s film editor and an Honorary Fellow of the university. Thelma occasionally visits the School to deliver masterclasses and guest lectures. The Programmes offer access to industry professionals to advise students and teach alongside fulltime academics. The programmes provide a blend of practice and theory and offer a highly marketable mix of technical, production and academic skills. The creative industries are a thriving sector of the UK and global economy and there is high demand for multiskilled and engaged students in this sector

The Year 3 Specialised Study by Practical project [FILM] allows final year film students the opportunity to create a group project developed in semester one and produced and edited in semester 2. Each project is meticulously planned and co-ordinated with regular weekly tutorials as the students build individual role specific portfolios designed to showcase their talents. Once shot, the films are edited and readied for festival submission. The two films presented here [Coda and Dorian] showcase the creativity, resilience and production talents of the students involved.

Radio is taught as part of the FTRV programme which delivers a curriculum focused on Film, Radio, Animation and TV production. In the radio modules students learn through practical creative projects in radio production and studio broadcasting in our four dedicated radio studios and adobe audition editing suite. In the first year, students produce a live music show for CSR FM, whilst in year 2 and 3 students focus on individual projects which could be either a documentary, podcast or drama. The work you are listening to showcases these three core areas: music show production, podcast, drama and documentary work and has been made by students across the year groups in the last year. The SSP radio module allows third year FRTV students to produce an individual radio project of the student’s choice. This could be a podcast, drama or documentary. Adam Foster and Shane Wilkinson’s respective radio documentaries on medical students and ASMR were produced in 2020 before and during lockdown. Voice overs were recorded at home and in the studio. The interviews were carried out on Marantz, zoom digital recorders and online via skype and edited and mixed on Adobe Audition. Radio is a resilient media in times of crisis and this student work demonstrate how audio digital technology enables us to record our lives and interests wherever we are.

Selection of Student Films

Written and Produced by Shane Wilkinson
Written and Produced by Adam Foster

The Screening - Film in 5 Days Competition

‘The Film in 5 Days Competition’ was open to current Film Production and Film, Radio and Television Students; the task was to complete a 1-minute film on the theme of isolation and submit within the five days. 19 students completed their films and there were two runners up, Dan Feakins and Ondrej Marko, and an overall winner; Luke Hill.

BA (Hons) Film Production

BA (Hons) Film Production is a vocational programme that has been designed for students who wish to work in the film industry and within other areas of the creative sector.

The Film Production (BA) course is only two years old and is already producing promising filmmakers. It is a vocational programme that has been designed for students who wish to work in the film industry and within other areas of the creative sector. This practice-centred degree  provides a specialised mix of technical and production  skills that are underpinned by theoretical knowledge. The programme places emphasis on developing skills that are readily transferable to other production contexts and genres in a flourishing British creative sector.

In year one, students develop an understanding of Classical Hollywood style through concentrated practical work using the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K camera with prime lenses, the Mix-Pre 3 audio recorder and the editing software Avid Media Composer. In Year two, students continue to develop their practical skills through an exploration of film style looking at French New Wave, New Hollywood and Post Modernism. Documentary is introduced alongside specialist practical options of directing, cinematography and screenwriting and theory options like ‘American independent cinema’, ‘Film sound and music’ and ‘Streaming worlds’

Employability skills and insights are introduced throughout the degree. Guest lecturers from the creative industries work alongside the team to deliver relevant classes. Guest talks have included the production company behind The Crown, Left Bank Pictures who discussed their latest BBC 1 project ‘Sitting in Limbo’. This was also partly filmed in the former prison at CCCU and a number of film students spent the day observing the crew. Other opportunities for film students have included watching Bafta and Oscar winning director Steve McQueen and his crew shoot some of the BBC/Amazon Prime anthology series, ‘Small Axe’.

Student Films - Year 2

Year 2 Film Production students spent their first semester creating scripts and storyboards to be considered for production in the second semester. The scripts should be appropriate for a short documentary or fictional film (5-10 minutes). Students worked in groups of 5 or 6 and were given the choice of ten different scripts, with no obligation to choose their own or differ from other groups in their choice. These short films were shot in the days immediately before the closure of the physical campus and were edited at home. We are delighted at the high production skills on show.

Documentary Student Films - Year 2

Second year Film Production students created a short non-fiction film in the first semester. They had to research, find contributors, locations, shoot, edit and develop their ideas over a short space of time. Each documentary aimed to capture the essence of a person or a place. We encouraged the students to use elements of the voice in the soundtrack. The length of films were up to three minutes. Please take time to enjoy this excellent selection of real stories and ideas.