NFTS Cymru Wales: Archive in Contemporary Production Online

Short course


Delivered online in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom accessed by Zoom, in partnership with NFTS Leeds and NFTS Scotland

This course provides a practical insight into the use of archive in television and film production, with an overview of the major sources, costs, fair dealing, creative thinking with archive and recommendations of landmark archive productions.

The course covers: 

- What to think about when using archive
- Why use archive?
- Types of archive
- Historical storytelling
- Personal stories
- Changes in approach
- Major sources
- The curse of YouTube
- Bargain archive
- Free archive
- Fair dealing
- E&O insurance

This course is suitable for everyone keen to learn about production or already working in it, particularly researchers, directors and producers.
Lead tutor John Archer will also be joined by Obi Adumekwe (Associated Press, Sales Manager UK & Ireland) 
About the tutor: 
John Archer runs Hopscotch Films. Recent work includes the 14 hour WOMEN MAKE FILM: A NEW ROAD MOVIE THROUGH CINEMA, directed by Mark Cousins which in 40 chapters describes how to make a movie using examples from films directed by women - a film school where all the teachers are women. With Mark he has just completed the 160 minute film THE STORY OF FILM: A NEW GENERATION looking at innovation in cinema in the last decade, a follow up to the 15 hour THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY. He produced 2019’s HARRY BIRRELL PRESENTS FILMS OF LOVE AND WAR, directed by Matt Pinder, a biography told through home movies from the 1930s to the 1970s. Other archive projects are DREAM ME UP SCOTTY – film’s idea of Scotland – and WHA’S LIKE US? – the Scot’s character in film – for BBC Scotland. He has unrivalled practical experience of fair dealing.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £175
Corporate Rate: £265

Bursaries, supported by the Welsh Government, are also available for those who are eligible.


A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria, or if you are able to pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place as we may not be able to accommodate all applications. We aim to advise successful applicants no later than 10 working days prior to the course start date.

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application, and supporting documents, should be submitted to

NFTS Cymru Wales Bursary Guidelines (pdf) | NFTS Cymru Wales Bursary Application Form (pdf)

I ddarllen y dogfenau yn Gymraeg:
NFTS Cymru Wales Canllawiau’r Bwrswriaeth (pdf) | NFTS Cymru Wales Ffurflen Gais Bwrswriaeth (pdf)



How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be asked to upload your CV. 

Please also read the Terms and Conditions (pdf file) / Telerau ac Amodau (pdf file) of booking as payment of a successful application assumes acceptance of these.

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