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Filmmaking BA(Hons): Links with business and industry

How we work with industry partners

The Filmmaking BA(Hons) programme has strong links within the moving image sector, through both:

  • its active staff – all of whom are working within the industry in various capacities); and
  • a series of inspiring new work experience programmes – offering students a way into key organisations in moving image.

As a progressive programme, emphasising moving image exploration and experimentation, our business links and in-house projects are fresh and exciting. They offer a dynamic environment in which your successful participation is richly rewarding.

BFI internships

First- and second-year filmmaking students at Kingston have the opportunity to apply for an annual internship programme as festival assistants at the BFI, suBFI logopporting the programming and education team to deliver a wonderful weekend of films in February as part of the Future Film Festival.

A three-month, two-day-a-week internship will be offered to two students each year following a selection process. Excellent professional development opportunities don't come better than this. Course director Phillip Warnell says: "The Future Film Festival internships deepen the ongoing partnership between filmmaking at Kingston and BFI. Our students already benefit hugely from a wide range of activities offered through this partnership, but this internship will further offer two students an invaluable professional work experience programme at the UK's national film theatre."

For more information on the festival please visit the BFI website.

Placements and projects

Recent (indicative, during 2012/13) and ongoing work placements and one-off projects have included:

  • ongoing work placements at BFI Southbank;
  • the South London Gallery, London;
  • recent work as production assistants/runners (on Film London funded film projects);
  • work placements at Take Two Films, London (ongoing);
  • a work placement at Allsopp Propmaking;
  • work experience at Open City Docs Film Festival, London;
  • paid project work through the university (marketing, ongoing);
  • project work with The Foundling Museum and on a project with the NHS;
  • recent work experience at The Quarry post-production house, London;
  • recent work experience at Suite TV post-production house, London; and
  • recent work experience at Contemporary Wardrobe (Art Dept), London.

BFI Southbank

Kingston University BFI interns 201213Our excellent links with BFI Southbank, the UK's premiere film organisation, have enabled many filmmaking students to participate in BFI Southbank's exciting activities, including:

  • the youth jury for the London Film Festival (LFF);
  • internships in key departments;
  • participation in the BFI's Future Film Festival;
  • participating in exhibitions, schemes and programmes; and
  • all our students attend an introduction to key BFI resources.

Director of Studies Phillip Warnell co-curates the joint Kingston University/BFI programme of experimental film works, Essential Experiments. The programme, which has run since April 2010, screens some of cinema's most compelling experimental adventures twice a month, each being introduced by an academic, theorist or filmmaker. Filmmaking students at Kingston gain free admission to the programme, participating in the ongoing reflection on film's experimental passage, contributing greatly to their practical filmmaking and complementary studies.

BFI internships

Kingston University BFI interns 2014Two filmmaking students, Pippa Young and Carolina von Teutul, were lucky enough to be selected for work experience at the BFI Southbank during the summer of 2014. The internship involved helping the BFI run its teenage film season, alongside four production design students from another university. They built sets of teenage bedrooms, cast actors and then invited young filmmakers to submit scripts about the life of a typical teenager. 

The winning scriptwriters had the opportunity to turn their ideas into a film. As well as mentoring these young filmmakers during shooting they attended workshops on different aspects of filmmaking, such as cinematography and directing actors.

Pippa said "I have learnt so much about the film industry and the many ways for young people to create work and get exposure. The BFI is a great link".

Activities on campus

We also bring in experienced visiting staff to teach filmmaking projects, providing a form of professional experience whilst studying on the course.

For example, the 'Actorplasm' project involves students working with a visiting film director, currently feature film and music video director Jamie Thraves. They undertake a directing actors workshop with professional actors and subsequently work as a production unit to shoot a short film, establishing and mirroring the circumstances of a professional short film production. The majority of our projects, however, encourage the development of an individual practice, with all students developing a range of skills enabling them to crew on each other's projects.

Regular visiting tutors on the programme are active exponents of filmmaking in a range of guises from across the industry. Collectively, we feedback on students' work and offer informal, ongoing professional development advice for those wishing to break into the sector, whether as filmmakers or in another capacity. Our recent visitors and regular staff include:

  • Phillip Warnell: Director of Studies & Artist/Filmmaker
  • Caroline Spry: Senior Lecturer & Producer
  • Richard Squires: Senior Lecturer & Animator
  • Charlotte Ginsborg: Senior Lecturer & Filmmaker
  • Rachel Reupke: Filmmaker Lucy Parker: Filmmaker
  • Lucy Harris: Filmmaker and Editor Barbara Nicholls: Cinematographer
  • Gabriella Apicella: Scriptwriter
  • Catherine Patton: Sound Recordist
  • Emmet O'Donnell: Sound Editor and Designer
  • Jessica Rinland: Filmmaker
  • Irena Kalodera: Artist/Filmmaker
  • Jamie Thraves: Filmmaker
  • Maria Palacios Cruz: Film Theorist, Festival programmer and Producer
  • Filipa Ramos: Curator, writer and Theorist

Recent and/or regular and pending visitors and contributors include:

  • Ben Rivers: Filmmaker
  • Trevor Mathieson: Filmmaker
  • William Fowler: BFI
  • Steven Cairns: Head of Cinema, ICA
  • Andrea Lissoni: Head of Film and International Curation, Tate Modern
  • John Smith: Filmmaker
  • Robert Beavers: Filmmaker Soda Pictures Fly Film Production
  • Ben Cook, LUX
  • David Raedeker, Director of Photography
  • Mihnea Mircan: Curator
  • Adam Pugh: Independent Cinema Office (ICO)

The activities our staff are engaged in form an impressive pointer to how filmmaking at Kingston provides students with significant insight into the moving image sector, through their university experience and outward facing projects.

Random Acts

Stop Play Record Kingston University's new Random Acts partnership with the ICA enables film students on the Filmmaking BA(Hons) and Experimental Film MA (along with others!) to be considered for short film commissions supported by Channel 4 Television and Arts Council England. 

The Random Acts London consortium produces Stop Play Record, a series of specially commissioned three-minute films chosen for their bold and creative expressions of creativity, commissions that can potentially be screened during what will be a new prime-time television programme on Channel 4.

The Random Acts Network (London) is led by the ICA and involves Dazed and Confused, The Chisenhale Gallery, Space Studios, New Contemporaries and Kingston University. Our producer is Phillip Warnell, director of studies for the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture's suite of film courses. The scheme enables emerging talent from within and outside the University to create their own films with a budget and mentoring from within the filmmaking department. Those involved become part of a professional networking and development process, meeting other emerging filmmakers, producers and artists. The first films are already in production on this scheme, which began in 2015 and extends across three years at least. Kingston will be producing 36 films during the project, many of which will be commissions undertaken our own students!

Kingston's Filmmaking BA(Hons) course now has a second-year short film module that features presentations from filmmakers commissioned by the Random Acts scheme, and also involves our students in networking events at the ICA. The module incorporates presentations by partners from the scheme, bringing the course into close alignment with the professional and educational aims of Stop Play Record, introducing our students to the challenges and demands of making art/film work for broadcast.

Kingston University's engagement with Random Acts and Stop Play Record is led by Phillip Warnell with the support of another senior lecturer and animator Richard Squires.

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