Simon Bland in Film & TV


Creative England and Cross Channel Film Lab Launch New Training Programme

Are you inspired by Birdman and Ex-Machina, but lacking a budget to match? A new training scheme, supported by Creative England, is here to help emerging filmmakers access the latest in Visual Effect technology.

The Cross Channel Film Lab this week launched a brand new training programme, designed to help filmmakers working with visual effects and Stereo 3D transform their projects using cutting-edge technology.

Supported by Creative Europe, CCFL Training will focus on the development of low to medium budget feature films utilising VFX and Stereo 3D technologies to enhance storytelling and reach new audiences.

A core programme will offer 24 filmmakers, each with early stage feature film projects, the chance to engage in a mix of residential workshops and online seminars, masterclasses and specialist consultancy, and learn more about the intersection of visual technology and screenwriting.

Running for six months from June to November 2015, the programme is being run in collaboration with Le Groupe Ouest, Creative England and Falmouth University. A further 24 filmmakers will be offered the chance to participate in CCFL Training’s online programme.  

Pippa Best, Project Co-Director and Script Consultant for Cross Channel Film Lab said: "In today’s cinema, visual effects, computer generated images and Stereo 3D are usually associated with high-budget Hollywood films.

“The Cross Channel Film Lab opens this world up to European filmmakers working at a lower budget, giving them an opportunity to explore how technical elements can have a compelling impact on a film’s narrative. It is a unique chance for film-makers to work with talented experts, and create some really exciting new films."

To apply for the training, head here.

You can find guidelines here.

The deadline for submissions is 20 March 2015.  

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