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.
So after a successful acoustic night, I was left with the arduous task of editing over 2 and half hours of filming. This of course is multiplied by 3 as we had three cameras so in essence I had over 7 hours of footage to sift through to make to make every song look good, make sure the right camera shots were picked and even match up the colours of the camera to make them appear the same since we had lighting problems and the aperture was changed throughout and was left on different settings.
The audio was mixed by Alex Chance so a separate audio track was added and none of the audio from the cameras was used. This left me with having to line up every single performance with the audio three times. This proved to take an age. I went purely on the lip syncing, so I matched the mouth moving the the lyrics that were used. Doing this 78 (3 cameras x26 songs) times over took a huge amount of time as sometimes I could not match the audio up as it always seemed just a few frames out.
As you can tell from the picture after I lined up the audio I then had to start cutting up all the footage. Fades were added in places and cuts in others to make it look as good as I could get it. To get the first rough edit together took around two weeks. With an average of 45 minutes a song it would of taken around 18-20hours of editing.
With a rough cut done that was sent to Gabbie (the event organiser). She loved it but I could see when I watched it bak with her that I saw a few things that needed tweaking. I then went back and spent another 6 hours or so editing it together. This was then watched back in its entirety (which by this point managed to whittle down to 1hr49mins as there’s no need to have the parts in-between the songs) and then made some minor changes and was ready to export the final piece to DVD.
I was really happy with the results and received great feedback. This has lead to future filming events during May, which I really look forward to.
There was an photo exhibition for the second year photography students. I myself had work shown. I took it upon myself the film the event and the build up to it. In there everyday from Monday to Thursday looking to get the right shots to show the before and after like things as them putting up work and lighting the exhibition.
I worked on my own for this and tried to capture everyones work so it could be seen around the world and not just in an art exhibition.
Upon Completion of the video it was then uploaded to the PicBod website. by Jonathan Worth it has received good reviews for which I am happy although could’ve perhaps filmed a bit more of the art itself as I over shot some photos and undershot others, but heres the video.