Short course

Overview

Delivered online in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom accessed by Zoom

This course provides a practical insight into the use of archive in television and film production, with an overview of the major source, 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

Online rate valid until March 2021

BURSARY INFORMATION

The NFTS Scotland bursary fund is currently closed for this course and we encourage you to seek alternative avenues of funding to support the cost of this course if required. 

Please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please allow yourself enough time to secure funding when considering your application.

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

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

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