The best education in film is to make one. I would advise any neophyte director to try to make a film by himself. A three-minute short will teach him a lot. I know that all the things I did at the beginning were, in microcosm, the things I’m doing now as a director and producer. There are a lot of noncreative aspects to filmmaking which have to be overcome, and you will experience them all when you make even the simplest film: business, organization, taxes, etc., etc.
Stanley Kubrick (1928 - 1999)
Since successfully validating the new Cinematic Arts programme in March we've been hard at work making preparations for September and our first cohort of students. The preparations range from acquiring library resources, updating and developing teaching/research resources, developing a high-end visual computer lab, hiring new staff and updating our filmmaking equipment resources; specifically the purchase of new cameras, lighting and the development of a dedicated space for work with chroma key and compositing.
Our intention is to enable Cinematic Arts students to produce moving image work to the highest possible standard utilising industry norm workflows. From the outset we will provide training in and access to all available resources. So, even in year one, students will have access to the best we have available in filmmaking resources which will include three Canon C100 cameras incl. range of lenses, rig, microphone, Ninja 2 recorder, matte box and follow focus and an extensive range of lighting equipment. Our media workflow is primarily Mac and Avid-based utilising Media Composer for editing and Avid ISIS for storage and collaboration. We'll also be utilising Adobe Creative Cloud quite extensively and Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite for 3D animation and compositing. Lastly, a grading facility is in development utilising DaVinci Resolve and a fully featured Tangent Element panel. Sound good? We think so!