Royal Holloway University
Producing Film and Television (MA)
From start to finish, producers are the driving force behind the film and television industry; they generate new projects and ideas, secure finance, manage production and strategically market the project. The producer’s role has been transformed by the advent of globalization, digital technology and the multi-channel environment.
This course offers aspiring producers an opportunity to acquire the creative entrepreneurial skills required to enter a rapidly changing film and television universe. The course concentrates on developing creative, managerial, financial and legal capabilities for a successful career in production.
This Master’s degree reflects the global nature of the contemporary media marketplace but its main focus is UK film and television fiction, rather than factual production. It is targeted at those who want to follow a career path as producers, rather than as directors.
|Qualification||Master of Arts|
|Duration||1 year full-time|
|Department and Faculty||Media Arts, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences|
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I have started my research and development into my FMP, and have started with the story of Mike Malloy. I first heard about this story on QI, and it was something that stood out to me as a great plot for a short film.
After initially researching him and his story, I found extremely interesting documents online such as this one. I decided that I wanted to use this idea as a strong plot point within my film, but also include other aspects that I had in mind.
The first aspect would be the style of the film. I knew that I wanted to use influences from the prohibition era in the USA, where alcohol and deceit were strong ideals. Although I would be setting my film in modern day Britain, I wanted to use these ideas to give a structure to the final product.
I then went on to look at other films and media that I could use as influences on my FMP. I felt that finding films that could help shape the project would enable the creative process to be much more efficient. I decided to look at films such as Snatch and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels as these early Guy Ritchie films were something that inspired me to create a darkly comic film that includes aspects of crime and deceit.
I also used these films for character research as many of Guy Ritchie’s films include stock characters that are likeable and have their own idiosyncrasies that people can relate to. From these influences, I decided that I would have an all male cast, with each one portraying certain stereotypes and with each one being depicted in a very British way.
I have decided to create a short film for my FMP as this is the part of the course that has most inspired me in the past three years. Since making a short film in Iceland last year, I have been looking for an opportunity to expand my skills and exceed the final result of past projects. Another reason I have chosen a short film is I believe I have the right attributes as a director as I am creatively aware and have a strong passion for fiction. I want everyone to share in my visions and ideas, and therefore the short film route provides me with the possibility of creating a piece of media that can inspire, intrigue and most of all entertain audiences.
In October 2012 I shall be entering my 3rd year at Coventry University doing BA (Hons) Media Production and aiming to finish with not only a good mark but with experience and with self made Production Company Nous Invicta well into the offing.
Progress has been steady since starting in April which included filming a great night of Two Tone music which included members of UB40 and have several gigs due in November and December to really get things going.
It all started with just getting out there and asking people if they would like their performances filmed and after one said yes a few more wanted me and so on and so on. With this Progress I anticipate by this time next year that I wouldn’t have to go in to the job market and sign on.
Nous Invicta, Now what does it mean. Well it’s Latin, simply translated as:
Nous – Intelligence
Invicta – Invincible
These are just two words I have stuck together so it’s translation in Latin I doubt was something that was said together without a connective word. Personally see it as meaning as meaning Invincible with flair. The words Nous is everything to do with intelligence and philosophy. I shows rationalism as well as being able to get to the best possible outcome with precision and accuracy which simply said is flair. This I feel is something which people would really want to be associated with as they are strong masculine words which scream success and is something good withhold within yourself and for whatever your next task is.
I have added the slogan ‘For the rise.’ What this shows is that it’s for the rise of the everyman, for whoever wants it. You can rise to the top, that has to be everyones goal should you want success.
Green. As you can see I have used green. Why have I picked green? For a start green means go and I want to go and do, go and explore, go and win and go and grow. Green is a symbol for life and growth, which is what I plan to achieve. Green is growth and to grow you have to be healthy and health is what Nous Invicta will have.
I plan for huge success in this. This will include many different aspects of the media from documentaries to filming gigs and plays. Anything I feel I will enjoy and if I enjoy it I will want to excel at it. And I will.
Well… What a year. I say year, from October til May. I found the Professional Experience module a delight. I think it should be worth more on your final grade. This is the stuff you want to do when you leave university and it has given me so much experience to add to my CV. I wouldn’t of thought a year ago that I would’ve produced a short film in Reykjavik and be looking forward to be filming UB40 at the end of the week.
I have learned so much. One thing I have definitely learned is that you have to grab things by the balls and really pull for anyone to take notice of you. It inspired me to go free lance and inspired me to start my own production company called Nous Invicta.
I fell back in love with editing. I have edited countless number of hours of the last few months. Going through all the footage and picking out the best buts to put in the right place is so painstaking and yet so rewarding. I’m proud of all the work I have done for my Professional Experience so far. Things I can look back on with pride knowing that I tried and that I will continue to try because I know I can get better.
Yes, I’ve been in arguments but ones where I listen to the other side not ones where I yell and not listen because I wanted to be given the chance to learn because maybe I wasn’t right on that occasion. I have jumped in the deep end and swam and I want to go to deeper waters because I know I can make it, I know I can get better and I know I can do something with this for the rest of my life. It made me realise that I love to produce and want to do it for a long time.
People skills: Telling people what to do in a way that they would do it happily is still something I struggle with after they’ve not done it after a few times of asking. Maybe I’m speaking to lost causes, people that don’t care about this degree or their future in media, but is something I strive to improve because it might not just be those few.
Organisation: The power to be organised is a fantastic power to have and is one that I have learned alot about over the last year or so. Being the producer of several productions has made me more organised that ever. Without it you can’t lead and you can’t be respected. Organisation and reliability goes hand in hand. If you are organised you are on time and you get things done and that gives me huge confidence. More than wearing nice underwear when going out on a Friday night.
I look forward to doing more in the next few weeks, months and years and make it part of my life.