DAVID BECKHAM HELPS LAUNCH SKY ACADEMY'S NEW NFTS SCHOLARSHIPS

£45,000 for 6 Students

A brand new set of scholarships, created in partnership with the National Film & Television School, have been announced today as part of the launch of @SkyAcademy with the help of David Beckham, Sky Academy ambassador.

Six people will receive full funding to study on the existing NFTS Broadcast Production diploma course and a new Digital Content diploma course run in partnership with Sky.

They will also receive executive mentoring from Sky. The 12 month Broadcast Production course was launched earlier this year and includes a six week work placement at Sky's state-of-the-art multi-camera studios, in London, for students specialising in vision mixing, camera/ lighting or sound. At least one student will be offered a job on graduation.

Click here for more information about the Broadcast Production course.

BBC to award £750,000 in scholarships to NFTS students as part of 3 year deal

Nominated BBC Scholars will receive mentoring and work placements

The BBC is to provide £750,000 in scholarships to National Film and Television School students as part of a three-year agreement. The agreement is part of the BBC Academy’s remit to help to train the wider industry and to support key skills shortages such as high end craft skills. 

This year so far £230,800 has already been allocated to 63 students starting NFTS courses in 2014. And 12 students have been chosen to become BBC Scholars who will benefit from money-can’t-buy mentoring and work placements at the BBC to help them secure employment after graduation.

The BBC Scholars are drawn from across the school's various specialised craft courses such as Production Design, Cinematography, Sound Design and Editing, Directing Fiction etc.

Donna Taberer Head of Public Service Partnerships at the BBC Academy said: "The BBC is delighted to be supporting such a large number of students in this key area of high end craft skills. We very much look forward to building an ongoing relationship with the BBC Scholars, to whom we will provide mentors and crucial work placements. These, combined with the first class training at the NFTS, will help them on their way to what we all hope will be amazing careers."

NFTS Director Nik Powell said: “It is thanks to the BBC’s continued support that the NFTS is able to attract the country’s most promising and diverse young film-makers and train them to become the most talented professionals in the film and television industry.” The BBC scholarships will go into the NFTS scholarship fund which annual awards £650,000 and benefits 85% of the school’s UK students who receive financial support.

For more information visit http://nfts.co.uk/fees-funding/scholarships

The NFTS has also partnered with the BBC Academy to deliver two specialist courses in Sound Recording for Film and TV and Entertainment Format Development.

 
The NFTS’ existing Sound Recording for Film and Television Diploma course will be relaunched in partnership with the BBC Academy under the leadership of the newly appointed Head of Production Sound, Fraser Barber, who has 45 credits on popular TV programmes such as Silent WitnessThe TunnelFull Circle with Michael PalinBlack Mirror, and Little Dorrithttp://www.imdb.com/name/nm0053386/
 
The course, which already has an impressive track record in graduates securing employment in the industry and winning BAFTAs and Oscars for their work, will involve a 4-week internship at the BBC plus a 3 month fixed term contract for one graduate at the end of the course. 
 
The Entertainment Format Development certificate is a new three month part-time course that will enable participants to build a portfolio of entertainment format ideas and pitch them to commissioners. The course, which will also include a 4-week internship, will cover knowing and understanding the market, the commissioning system, programme development, turning ideas into commissions and writing effective pitches. The BBC will also offer a 3 month contract for one student in development on completion of the course. 
 
Danny Cohen, the BBC’s Director of Television, said, “I am delighted that we are offering this work class training which cements the BBC’s relationship with the NFTS. It underlines the importance of craft training and acknowledges the importance of sound across all of our content, from Strictly to documentaries”
 
Full information for the two courses will be up on the website soon. For more information on how to apply, please contact NFTS Registry - info@nfts.co.uk or Tel: 01494 731425

TV Department Scoops 2 Top Awards at New York TV Festival

Producing & Directing students clean up at the prestigious New York Television Festival.

Factual Entertainment show Anything You Can Do, created by Omar Kenawi and Martina Kabelkova won the New York TV Festival Unscripted Pilot Award and Situation Comedy Killer Moves, created by Ben Hillyar, Tim Partridge and David Mayes (non-NFTS), won the New York TV Festival Critics Award.

Said a delighted Omar Kenawi "we couldn’t have done it without the amazing opportunities we were given at the school"

This comes only 12 months after Newton’s Law, produced and directed by Sean O’Riordan won the TV dept’s first major international award.

To watch trailers of these programmes, and other graduate work, visit the TV page in the NFTS screening room here: http://screeningroom.nfts.co.uk/channel/tv
Find out more about our Producing and Directing Television Entertainment course: http://nfts.co.uk/our-courses/masters/producing-directing-television-entertainment
New Diploma launched in Writing and Producing Comedy: http://nfts.co.uk/our-courses/diploma/writing-and-producing-comedy

Pictured: David Mayes, Martina Kabelkova, Tim Partridge, Omar Kenawi & Ben Hillyar

NFTS Partners With BBC to Train Production Sound and Entertainment Development Specialists

BBC will offer 4 week BBC internships & a 3- month contract on graduation.
 
The NFTS is to partner with the BBC Academy to deliver two specialist courses in Sound Recording for Film and TV and Entertainment Format Development.
 
The NFTS’ existing Sound Recording for Film and Television Diploma course will be relaunched in partnership with the BBC Academy under the leadership of the newly appointed Head of Production Sound, Fraser Barber, who has 45 credits on popular TV programmes such as Silent Witness, The Tunnel, Full Circle with Michael Palin, Black Mirror, and Little Dorrit. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0053386/
 
The course, which already has an impressive track record in graduates securing employment in the industry and winning BAFTAs and Oscars for their work, will involve a 4-week internship at the BBC plus a 3 month fixed term contract for one graduate at the end of the course. 
 
The Entertainment Format Development certificate is a new three month part-time course that will enable participants to build a portfolio of entertainment format ideas and pitch them to commissioners. The course, which will also include a 4-week internship, will cover knowing and understanding the market, the commissioning system, programme development, turning ideas into commissions and writing effective pitches. The BBC will also offer a 3 month contract for one student in development on completion of the course. 
 
Nik Powell, Director, NFTS said: “The NFTS is the best film and television school in the world for sound - for more than twenty years our students and graduates have produced some remarkable work winning Oscars and BAFTAs for their work. We are delighted to be working with the BBC to extend our work in this area further. The Sound Recording for Film and Television diploma delivered in partnership with the BBC is unique.”
 
Danny Cohen, the BBC’s Director of Television, said, “I am delighted that we are offering this work class training which cements the BBC’s relationship with the NFTS. It underlines the importance of craft training and acknowledges the importance of sound across all of our content, from Strictly to documentaries”
 
The news was announced at the Royal Television Society’s Craft Skills Masterclass Day on Wednesday 30th October.
 
Full information for the two courses will be up on the website soon. For more information on how to apply, please contact NFTS Registry - info@nfts.co.uk or Tel: 01494 731425

NFTS Recent Grad Scoops LFF First Feature Prize

and his Tutor Pawel Pawlikowski wins Best Film!

Recent graduate Director Anthony Chen has won the coveted Sutherland Prize for Best First Film at the 57th BFI London Film Festival on October 19 -  on the same night that one of Chen's tutor at NFTS, Pawel Pawlikowski, won the Best Film Award for his film Ida.

The Sutherland Award is given to, "the most original and imaginative directorial debut" at the annual BFI London Film Festival.‎

Calling Ilo Ilo "a study of a modern family and its vulnerabilities", BFI Jury president Elizabeth Karlsen said: "The startlingly assured direction and screenwriting of the winning film surprised us all. Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo also chose a domestic canvas, but the imaginative and innovative voice of this filmmaker elevated the film technically and narratively, and made us wonder at the fragile nature of family life in this modern Singapore tale.”‎

Previous NFTS graduate winners of the award include NFTS graduates Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher and Clio Barnard’s The Arbor.‎

2010 graduate Chen thanked his tutors at the NFTS Lynda Myles Head of Directing Fiction and Pawel Pawlikowski whose film Ida was crowned Best Film at the festival!  It marks the first Polish-language film for Warsaw-born British filmmaker Pawlikowski, best known for The Last Resort and BAFTA-award winning My Summer of Love.‎

The jury also highly commended the performances of nominees Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas for their roles in The Selfish Giant directed by NFTS graduate Clio Bernard.‎

A record number of 89 NFTS graduates were involved in key roles in 35 films shown at the LFF this year, including the Gala Opening film Captain Phillips directed by Paul Greengrass who recently gave a masterclass to NFTS students; No 1 box office 3D hit Gravity; The Invisible Woman; Philomena Directed by NFTS Visiting Fellow Stephen Frears; Under The Skin and many others.

More BFI London Film Festival graduate credits can be found here: http://nfts.co.uk/news/record-number-lff-films-nfts-grads-key-roles

Masterclass with James Ivory the double BAFTA winning & triple Oscar nominated director

A Room With View, Howards' End and Remains of the Day director talks to students

The NFTS was delighted to welcome triple Oscar nominated and double BAFTA winning director James Ivory for a Masterclass at the NFTS.

Speaking in conversation with his BAFTA nominated editor Humphrey Dixon, whose other work includes Sirens, Enemy at the Gates and Wimbledon, James Ivory fascinated students with his insights into his films and company Merchant Ivory.

James Ivory's hugely acclaimed and much-loved films, with producer partner Ismail Merchant, including Howards End, Maurice, Remains of the Day and A Room with a View won 6 Oscars, with a further 3 Best director Oscar nominations for Ivory himself.

His numerous other awards include the Cannes Palme d'Or for Howards End. He talked about the creation in 1961 of the film production company, Merchant Ivory Productions, with Indian-born producer Ismail Merchant and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who served as the screenwriter for many of their productions.

Talking of the trials and tribulations of setting up a company on a shoestring budget, he inspired students by explaining how they managed to make prize winning films.  As one critic said: “It's hard to believe A Room with a View cost so little; the costumes and sets are dazzling and the acting is superb - there's not a false note.”

Remains of the Day was described by another critic as “Gorgeously lensed and delightfully structured, this is, in a word, wonderful.” And Howards End was said to be “Incisively witty, provocative and acted to perfection, this sublime entertainment is a career peak.” You can read more about the NFTS’ masterclasses here http://nfts.co.uk/who-we-are/masterclasses

Sherlock & Dr. Who Writer Steven Moffat & Producer Sue Vertue give Masterclass

Award-winning writer-producer duo advise how to get your script to screen

“Very few people in this world get to do the specific job they wanted when they were eight,” says Doctor Who and Sherlock writer Steven Moffat at NFTS Masterclass with producer Sue Vertue

Award-winning writer-producer duo Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue gave National Film and Television School students a candid and highly entertaining Masterclass, in conversation with screenwriter Holly Phillips. They discussed their early careers, backgrounds in comedy and what it takes to get a script onto screen.

“There is only one way to get something commissioned,” Moffat said, “and that is to write a really good script. It’s not easy, but it’s the only way.”

Vertue shared this conviction, cautioning against taking a financial commitment too early: “ then you’re beholden, potentially before the script is ready – you should write what you want to write, not what you’ve promised to write.”

The creative freedom afforded by writing on spec  is one of the aspects that the couple credit with the success of their award-winning comedy Coupling, which was inspired in part by the early stages of their own relationship.

Both also credit their strong backgrounds in comedy.  Moffat wrote Press Gang, Joking Apart, Murder Most Horrid, Chalk and the 1999 Doctor Who spoof The Curse of Fatal Death, and Vertue produced Mr Bean and The Vicar of Dibley, before they created Coupling together, and their later successes such as Sherlock.

Moffat commented, “Nothing compares to getting an enormous laugh from an audience. It’s the best feedback you can get.”

 “I would go through a script and tick every laugh,” Vertue added, “to protect the joke.  Once you’ve been rehearsing something all week people start to think it isn’t funny – but I would look and see, I’d put three ticks by that line, so it must be good.  Then I could also see the parts that really weren’t working.”

Moffat believes good comedy rests on getting the audience to empathise with the character, and he learned to put heart into his writing through comedy. “It’s not funny unless you care about the characters,” he explained, saying of Jeff, one of Coupling’s bumbling male leads, that: “as much as you want him to screw up so you can laugh, you also really, really want him to do better – and that’s what keeps you coming back for the next episode.”

He’s noticed comedy writers often make good writers on Doctor Who, because they are used to the discipline of the level of incident on a show where “there’s a cliff-hanger at the end of virtually every scene.”

“Every Doctor Who episode should be true to the voice of the individual writer,” he added, “I encourage the other writers to take it and treat it like they own it.”

Of getting the job of Showrunner on Doctor Who he said, “it was an amazing thing to happen.  Very few people in this world get to do the specific job they wanted when they were eight.” He added he loves the show because of how close to home it lands: “most sci-fi takes the audience to outer space – Doctor Who brings outer space and puts it under your bed – which makes it much more scary.”

On being asked by an audience member what common mistakes new writers make, Vertue said it was important to make sure a script always has a good opening, “and don’t try to emulate another writer’s style. You have to find your own voice.”

Moffat echoed this advice: “make the first page really great – then the next – then the next.…  Make it entertaining – make it impossible to put down, and it will get made.”

Related NFTS courses:
MA - Screenwriting
Diploma - Writing and Producing Comedy

Discovery & NFTS launch new factual producers course

Discovery to award 4 scholarships to gifted, aspiring producers

Discovery Networks International and the NFTS have partnered to launch a new factual development and production course that aims to find the next generation of great producers.

ITN’s Chris Shaw, Executive Producer of Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields and Jane Root, Chief Executive at Nutopia and former GM of Discovery Channel U.S. are amongst the acclaimed producers who form an advisory board and will deliver special master-classes.

And Discovery Networks International is to offer scholarships to four of the most talented and discerning students. The best programme idea pitched at the end of the course will be chosen for further development worth £5,000, working with a Discovery executive producer.

The 12-month, part-time NFTS Diploma, that has been created to nurture rising stars, will enable students to develop the organisational, planning and creative skills required to advance an idea from the initial pitch, to the shoot and edit, through to transmission and beyond in both the UK and other markets around the world.

Head of Production and Development and Creative Director for Discovery Networks International, Julian Bellamy, commissioner of the highly anticipated original production Bear Grylls: Escape From Hell and Discovery Networks Western Europe’s SVP and Head of Programming Dan Korn, who ordered hit, extreme survival series Naked And Marooned With Ed Stafford will serve on the advisory board for NFTS. October Films’ Denman Rooke, Cineflix’s Rob Carey and Raw’s Dimitri Doganis complete the esteemed advisory board.

“This course will impart expert knowledge and skills from the best in the business of factual programme making to the next generation of great producers,” said Bellamy. “At Discovery, we are motivated by brilliant programming making so we’re excited to partner with the NFTS – recently voted the world’s best film and television school. This initiative is crafted to find the next big talent and, perhaps most excitingly, Discovery will invest in developing the best programme idea at the end of the course that could ultimately make it on air. We are thrilled to be further deepening our relationship with UK creative by investing in the next generation of brilliant filmmakers.”

The diploma will be taught at Discovery House, Discovery’s European headquarters in Chiswick, West London. The deadline for applications is 14th November and the course begins at the end of January 2014. Applicants must be able to demonstrate knowledge of television with a passion for factual programming and are invited to apply with both an idea for a factual series on Discovery Channel and a critique of a factual programme on any terrestrial network.

The multi student Oscar and BAFTA-winning NFTS is the UK's centre of excellence for graduate film and TV training and was recently named ‘the best in the world’ after winning an unprecedented hat-trick all 3 film prizes from CILECT (the international association of film and television schools). Graduates include Directors David Yates, Michael Radford, Beeban Kidron and documentary makers Nick Broomfield and Kim Longinotto. To view the course details please click here.

Michael Grade to give 1 to 1 script advice

APPLY for Writing a Pilot short course by Oct 18

Michael Grade, CBE, a former BBC chairman and executive chairman of ITV and one of the most distinguished people in show-business is coming to the NFTS to personally give one to one advice on how to write a pitch-winning pilot script that could secure you a commission.

This once in a life-time opportunity to hear advice from the multi BAFTA winning TV executive and is only available to participants on the NFTS’ Writing The Pilot short course that runs from November 4 to November 15, 2013.

Driven by the BBC, ITV1 and Channel 4 drama commissioners’ appetite for NEW drama series that can match the success ‘Box Set’ TV Drama such as The Wire, Mad Men, Downton Abbey and The Killing, this course will offer writers and creative producers the chance to plan and write a 50-minute pilot episode of an original drama series over an intensive two-week period.

It will cover idea generation, drama development, the opening scene, dialogue, future episodes, treatments, pitching a pilot and you’ll get feedback from actors. Special Guest speaker Michael Grade will join the course on the last day to give face-to-face feedback on your scripts. At the end you will leave with a completed, written pilot ready to pitch. The course is led by tutor Peter Ansorge who worked for many years with Michael Grade at Channel 4. Peter Ansorge’s award-winning career includes: A Very British Coup, Traffik, GBH, The Politician’s Wife, Tales of the City, Brookside and The Camomile Lawn. 

So if you have the writing talent but would value the personal feedback from one of most experienced and respected experts in the TV industry, make sure you apply for Writing The Pilot. Subject to suitability, places are awarded on a strictly first-come-first-served basis.

 

 

 

 

BAFTA & Warner Bros. Award New Prince William Scholarships to NFTS students.

£10,000 per student + a work placement at Warner Bros.

Two of the first ever Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games, supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros have been awarded to students starting courses at the NFTS.

These new scholarships, an integral element of Warner Bros. Creative Talent, Warner Bros.’ investment in UK creative industries’ skills and training, are awarded in the name of HRH The Duke of Cambridge in his role as President of BAFTA.

In addition two more students have been awarded BAFTA scholarships to study at the School.

Each BAFTA Scholar will receive up to £10,000 towards their course fees for a year, mentoring support from BAFTA members, and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.

In return, the scholarship recipients will share their learning experiences on BAFTA Guru (www.bafta.org/guru), BAFTA’s online learning channel, and participate in future BAFTA outreach to young people.

The Prince William Scholarship recipients – who were named today as Rienkje Attoh from Crystal Palace in London, Sam Coleman from Ibstone in Buckinghamshire will have their fees funded by Warner Bros. and will additionally receive a short funded work placement within the Warner Bros. group of companies and access to additional Warner Bros. mentors.

Rienkje Attoh (pictured above) is awarded a scholarship towards the MA Producing at the National Film and Television School (NFTS). Rienkje, aged 31, has a background in radio production and previously studied English at Goldsmiths University and Broadcast Journalism at University College Falmouth.

Sam Coleman is awarded a scholarship towards the MA Games Design and Development at NFTS. Sam, aged 24, has a degree in Computer Games Design from the University of South Wales.

The two other BAFTA scholarships will go to: Rhiannon Evans from Caerphilly, South Wales who is awarded a scholarship towards the MA Directing Animation at NFTS and Steven Ferguson from Cumbernauld in Lanarkshire who is awarded a scholarship towards the MA Cinematography at NFTS.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge said: "I am proud to say that, as President of BAFTA, there is a huge amount of work going on to nurture the talent of tomorrow. I am also immensely proud of BAFTA’s new Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games, which Warner Bros. is so generously supporting. These scholarships will lead to talented young people, who would otherwise not have the chance to develop their careers, to reach their full potential."

Anne Morrison, Deputy Chair of BAFTA, and Chair of BAFTA’s Learning and Events Committee, who chaired the scholarship selection panel, said: "This year’s scholarship recipients have great talents which, without the right support, were at risk of being lost from our industries. Through the BAFTA Scholarship Programme they now have access to funding, industry events and one-to-one mentoring, to help them make a tremendous contribution to our moving image industries. We look forward to following their future career achievements."

Josh Berger CBE, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland & Spain, said: "We’re committed to finding, funding and nurturing young talent from all backgrounds, so we’re excited to be announcing with BAFTA the first beneficiaries of the Prince William Scholarships. Together with BAFTA, we will provide insight and experience, alongside financial support, to help these talented young people lay the foundations for their future careers."

The BAFTA Scholarship Programme, which is now in its second year, is part of BAFTA’s charitable activity to support talented people at all stages of their career in film, television and games. This year’s recipients were selected by a panel of industry professionals following an open call to students applying for eligible UK courses. The BAFTA Scholarship Programme has been made possible by the generous support of the Academy Circle, Kevin Burke, the Edwin Fox Foundation, the Galashan Trust, Evelina Girling, Linda Shire, the Lowy Mitchell Foundation and Warner Bros.

The NFTS annually awards over £600,000 in scholarships and bursaries to support exceptional students who could not otherwise afford the fees.

Pictured is Rienkje Attoh who has been awarded one of the new Prince William Scholarships

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