Guest Blog: Pollyanna Ruiz

Posted Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Dr. Pollyanna Ruiz is Lecturer, Media and Film at the University of Sussex and is involved with the Engaging Youth in Heritage project. Here she tells us about one of the films produced as part of the project, You Can’t Move History, about the campaign to save South Bank’s famous skate spot, and the relationship between film and skateboarding.

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Guest Blog: Screenwriting with Michael Lengsfield

Posted Monday, February 29th, 2016

Michael Lengsfield is a Screenwriter, and Scriptwriting Lecturer at the University of East Anglia. We spoke briefly with him about teaching the craft, developing your writing process and the (free) online course he is launching with FutureLearn.

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Why breadth and depth are equally important for the future of the film industry

Posted Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

A call to arms to add your voice to Creative Skillset’s upcoming industry panels, that will help to shape the UK Film Industry. John de Borman BSC, President of the British Society of Cinematographers, has given us some exclusive food for thought, so read on, and then join in with the discussion. You cannot help but be impressed by the extraordinary infrastructure we have here in the UK film industry. The breadth of the most up to date equipment, the

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Diary of a Cannes Virgin Part Two

Posted Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

OK so I’m almost at the end of my Cannes trip and although it’s been exhausting, I’ve come away inspired.  Here are some of the best moments of the last two days… The US Directors’ talk at the American Pavilion was completely taken over by hilarious Hollywood renegade James Toback, director of ‘Seduced and Abandoned’, a satirical doc about the film industry shot with Alec Baldwin in Cannes last year.  Toback decided ‘it should also be a movie about death’

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Diary of a Cannes Virgin – by Emma Lindley

Posted Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Cannes is a circus.  A trade conference in a fairground, a Eurotrash theme park.  Cannes is also, this year, very, very wet. Imagine a deluge, a flood, whole days of torrential rain.  Men in tuxes, women in evening gowns and super high heels plus hundreds of regular film makers like yours truly, huddled beneath brollies, waiting for hours in the pouring rain to see a movie. So what’s the attraction? Why did I come here? What am I looking for

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The power of curation, or thank goodness for Brain Pickings

Posted Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

I love Maria Popova’s site, Brain Pickings. It’s an endless source of interesting ideas. She has also helpfully provided an online bookshelf so you can explore all the amazing books she consumes so voraciously. She often posts videos and cool stuff about the history of film, for example this post on Grierson: A Documentary About the Filmmaker Who Coined “Documentary.” Basically, I’m urging you to subscribe to the blog and follow her on Twitter without further ado. “Brain Pickings is

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Cinema Eye Winners and Photos

Posted Saturday, January 16th, 2010

A huge congratulations to everyone who won last night at the 2010 Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking but more importantly, congratulations to everyone who had a film nominated and to all those who have made and supported docs over the past year. The nominee line-up was pretty darn great and included films I have really loved: Loot, Episode 3 Enjoy Poverty, The Way We Get By and Mugabe and the White African for example. As co-chair AJ Schnack said,

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What films would you send into space?

Posted Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

This is currently up on Shooting People: Under the Freedom of Information Act, NASA released details of all the films held on the International Space Station. At Shooting People, we feel that Bachelor Party, Cheaper by the Dozen and Forest Gump don’t provide sufficient brain nourishment for the astronauts. Your mission Shooters is to provide us with your suggestions. Which films do you think belong amongst the stars? Would you like to see Man on Wire replace Man on Fire?

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Comment is free, but facts are sacred

Posted Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the quote below from C.P. Scott’s A Hundred Years essay, written in 1921. Scott was Editor of the Manchester Guardian (now just The Guardian) for an extraordinary 57 years from 1872 until 1929 and he wrote A Hundred Years to celebrate the centenary of the paper: Comment is free, but facts are sacred. “Propaganda”, so called, by this means is hateful. The voice of opponents no less than that of friends has a

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Video Republic

Posted Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Demos, the “think tank for everyday democracy” in the UK, has recently published a report on the Video Republic which I recommend reading. The report, which focuses on young video creators in Europe, is primarily concerned with online video and it makes some strong arguments about the power of the Video Republic in the digital age: “Music, television and film companies no longer hold a monopoly on the way content moves between people.” It also outlines why this must be

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