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DMU teams up with Pinewood Studios-based Creative Media Skills to give film students blockbuster new course

Entertainment experts who train the best in the business have joined forces with De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) to offer a unique master’s degree.

Creative Media Skills (CMS) provides high level training and support for film, TV and theatrical professionals who aim to work at the utmost level of their chosen field in the UK. 

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Based at the world’s most famous film studios, home to some of the biggest ever movie franchises including James Bond and Star Wars, CMS has colaborated with DMU to offer a unique master’s degree.

Students who enrol on the MA in International Film Production at DMU will spend part of the course studying and working at Pinewood Studios and will have award-winning experts among their lecturers.

They will include Iain Smith, who was a producer for the Oscar-nominated Mad Max: Fury Road, and Terry Bamber, who worked on James Bond’s Quantum of Solace and as assistant director on Bollywood smash Ra.One.

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Once the students have learned all aspects of film-making, from financing and legal work to make-up and special effects, they will be set a project to create a short film that will receive its premiere at an international film festival.

The Pinewood Studios Group is a leading provider of studio and related services to the global film and television industry. Synonymous with world class British and international productions, the impressive heritage of its UK-based Pinewood and Shepperton Studios date back to the early 20th Century and are home to some of the most successful feature films and TV shows ever made.

The course has been specifically designed in association with Creative Media Skills, to develop the expertise and establish the connections that the international film industry demands.

Dr James Russell, Principal Lecturer in Film Studies at DMU, is helping to set-up the course which is due to start in September 2017, subject to validation.

He said: “Over the last 40 years Pinewood has become one of the global centres for high end film and TV. It has a massive reputation built on the sheer number of incredible films that have been shot there.

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“It is one of the jewels in the crown of UK industry and it is going to be an incredibly exciting place for our students to work, learn and meet people from the industry. It is the kind of studios where students will go to lunch and find themselves having a chat with a Stormtrooper!

“The course has been designed to prepare our students for a career in film. It is not just academic. It is practical too. We want to close the gap between the students’ interests and experience and the demands made by the film industry.”

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The first semester will see students based at DMU where they will develop skills such as production, direction, screenwriting and other technical skills.

The second semester is based at Pinewood where the students learn how to develop a film project, looking at aspects such as location work, art direction and set design.

The final semester will be when the students work together to make their films which will then be considered for an international film festival

Posted on Monday 9th January 2017

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