Film’s Cool First Class: Horror, which started on 29th September, 2011, asked A-level students to conceive, produce, and edit their own trailers and print-based campaigns, and eventually to pitch their projects to industry experts and compete for work experience placements. To give extra focus to the work the teams were encouraged to work in one genre, in this instance, horror. As well as enabling students to creatively express themselves the project therefore also provided practical business and workplace experience. The trailers were premiered in an Oscar-style ceremony at Channel 4’s cinema to a number of leading industry professionals, including Georgia Kauffman, Head of Marketing for Lionsgate, Cliff Wallace, special effects guru, and Christine Blundell, Oscar-winning Hair and Make Up Artist.
Anna Higgs, the new Head of Film 4.0 said of the course: “At Film4 we welcome any initiatives that encourage filmmaking talent from a young age, so I was delighted to be involved in judging the terrific work the students produced. Great achievements from the students!”
Change One Thing was a documentary film making course started in February 2012. Neil Crombie of Seneca Productions, who recently produced and directed highly acclaimed Channel 4 documentary series All In The Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, headed up the 12 week course.
It gave North London students – aged 13-14 – the chance to learn various documentary making techniques including interviewing, development and exposition, as well as a series of mentoring sessions with documentary directors and producers. By the end of the course each group had produced a mini-documentary on the subject of “one thing they would like to change.”
As a finale to the course and a celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Film’s Cool screened the documentaries at The BFI Southbank on 13th June.