Hive Films Rhys Davies will direct a feature film as part of a unique award that aims to equip aspiring film-makers with the skills and experience to forge a career in the film industry.
The MSc in Digital Feature Film Production is being launched by Staffordshire University in September 2013. Students are tasked to create a full-length feature film working in partnership with film production and distribution company Grand Independent. Profits from the distribution of the film will be shared between Grand Independent and the students themselves, making this course unique among universities and film schools.
Senior lecturer and Grand Independent Director Peter Rudge said: “What we are creating here is an innovative ‘micro studio’. Alongside Rhys we will work with the MSc students to develop scripts, package the projects, attach funding, produce the films and finally help distribute the completed features.
Course leader, James Fair said: “We’re looking for students with a passion for filmmaking, who are looking to develop their career upon a feature-length project. Applicants will need to have completed a previous undergraduate degree in a related field or have a portfolio of previous work to demonstrate their commitment to filmmaking.”
Rhys Davies commented that, “To work in conjunction with Staffordshire University to develop grass roots film making within my region is an exciting prospect. For students to graduate with a completed feature film in their portfolio is a unique selling point of the course and a great way to develop the next generation of filmmakers.”
Anna Seifert-Speck, the Senior Talent Executive at Creative England who introduced Grand Independent to Rhys, said, “The course is a great initiative and I am impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit at its core.”
Further details on the course can be found here.