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- Unique, fast-track route into the Industry.
- Each student produces at least three films.
- Professional standard studios.
- Working methods model Industry practice.
- Shadow a producer, distributor or sales company at the Cannes Film Festival.
- Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School.
The MA course in Producing is unique in the opportunities it gives and in its close links with the film and television industry, and provides a fast-track route into a producing career. Students develop their own relationships with successful producers through placements and a mentoring scheme. The BFI is supporting the course with development slate funding for students’ adaptation projects, which they can then take with them and develop further when they graduate from the School. The Producing department aims to train creative, independent producers able to achieve an overall vision for their projects from script development through finance and production to sales and distribution. The course covers fiction production for both film and television and also animation, with students producing at least two short live action films and one animation in their time at the School.
Watch current students and graduates talk about what makes the Producing MA course so unique
Graduates work as producers of both film and television in the UK and other countries. New graduates typically combine first feature development with paid employment such as Assistant Producer on feature films, working in the development department of independent production companies, or producing short commissions for broadcasters. Deals struck with the BBC and other companies can see proposals from new graduates developed as feature films.
Development skills: script analysis and script editing; developing a project from source material; collaboration with writers and directors; pitching; negotiating the deal
Production skills: budgeting and scheduling; managing the production; post production techniques; editing, sound and music Business skills: publicity and marketing; sales, distribution and exhibition; co-production; financing; legal and financial (sponsored by Olswang)
Television: developing a proposal to a broadcaster’s commissioning brief; the television commissioning process; financing a TV programme; multiplatform commissioning
Industry placements for students are encouraged in the summer break of the First Year. Also it is intended that production schedules will allow students in the Second Year to take up work placements at the Cannes Film Festival from which they can learn how the film industry functions on an international level. Each is allocated to either a producer, a distributor or a sales company who they are able to shadow.
In addition, all students are expected to choose an industry mentor who acts as a valuable contact who they can use to help them move into the industry.
The NFTS provides producers with privileged access to events and screenings at the London Film Festival where they have the opportunity not only to see the latest films but also to discuss them and meet other filmmakers as well. Each year a number of outside visits are arranged for producers.
Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School. In addition you will be given a cash Production Budget. NFTS students are engaged in more productions as part of the curriculum than any of our competitors.
The Producing course is supported by the McKenna Charitable Trust
Some of the UK's leading independent producers teach at the NFTS including, Karin Bamborough (Former Channel 4 Commissioning Editor), Myf Hopkins (Tombraider II (digital animation and visual effects) and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Creatures Producer). The Producing department is led by Chris Auty (Stealing Beauty, Crash, In This World). The Director of the NFTS, Nik Powell (The Crying Game, Ladies in Lavender, Little Voice) also teaches on the programme.
Recent producing Alumni include:
Allan Niblo – CEO, Vertigo Films (Monsters)
Anna Higgs – Commissioning Editor, Film4.0
Jack Arbuthnott – Head, Film Development, Scott Free
Rebekah Gilbertson – (Patagonia, Edge of Love)
Polly Stokes – Cannes Select (For Those in Peril)
Tom Leggett – Film 4 Development Executive
James Walker – BAFTA British Short Animation Winner (Sleeping With The Fishes)
We’re looking for people with a lively and proven interest in film, television and the world about us. The ideal candidate will have a strong personality; good communication skills; a commitment to story-telling; and the ability to work collaboratively. The role of producer is a many-sided one that encompasses creative intelligence, team leadership, and problem-solving skills, and this course equips alumni to succeed equally well as producers or as successful executives in the film and television industry
- A proposal written by you for a feature film or TV drama, either original or adapted from a novel or other source. Tell us why you would like to make it and what you believe its audience appeal could be. If it is an adaptation please give us the title and author of the source material (one side of A4).
- A brief analysis of three films or television programmes that you have seen in the last 12 months. Include comments on the directorial style (one side of A4).
- An analysis of your favourite film or television programme and your personal response to it (one side of A4).
- Choose a British or European producer (film or TV) whom you admire, explain why (one side of A4).
- Describe briefly key lessons about producing you have learnt from any book about producing or producers that you have read. Please name the book. (One side of A4).
How to Apply
The application deadline has now passed, however there may still be a chance to apply. Please contact registry via email stating your name, course of interest and contact details:
- 2 Year Course
- Course runs Jan-Dec each year
- Next intake: January 2017
- NFTS Scholarships available for UK Students