7th July 2014, 4:38pm
Historic studios to inspire new wave of film makers
Lincoln School of Media A landmark of the British film industry will open its doors to professional and aspiring film makers later this year when the University of Lincoln launches the UK’s first university film school to be housed within a fully functional commercial film studio.

The iconic Twickenham Studios (TW1) first opened to the world of film making in 1913 and since then it has played a pivotal role in providing facilities for some of the world’s most recognisable films; including Shirley Valentine, Zulu, The Italian Job, and more recently, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and World War Z. It is the only facility of its kind in London that caters for the needs of both production and post-production.

With its remarkable 100-year heritage, the studio now acts as an outreach base for the School of Media at the University of Lincoln, UK, which in September 2014 will launch the Lincoln Film School at Twickenham. This will offer industry-leading programmes of study for film makers, media professionals and recent graduates.

The Lincoln Film School at Twickenham will be steered by an expert advisory board, with members including one of Britain’s most recognisable and respected broadcasters, Angela Rippon OBE, former Vice President of Warner Brothers Pictures, Rick Senat, and Controller of Current Affairs and News Operations at ITV plc. Ian Squires.

Led by Brian Hall, Senior Lecturer in Film Production at the University of Lincoln, and Maria Walker, Chief Operating Officer at Twickenham Studios, the School will offer an intensive 20-week Practical Film Making course together with a series of short courses in specialist skills. The courses will incorporate a series of expert master classes delivered by industry professionals across a diverse array of topics, from directing and editing, to cinematography and set design. At Twickenham, students will also benefit from direct access to work experience and networking opportunities with leading lights of the global film industry.

As well as being accredited by the University of Lincoln’s School of Media, the Lincoln Film School at Twickenham is also backed by some of the industry’s leading bodies. These include the British Film Institute, Arri Camera & Lighting Rental and the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society (BKSTS).

Brian Hall explained: “Twickenham Studios has an extraordinary heritage – having played host to figures such as The Beatles and Richard Attenborough – and I can’t think of anywhere more inspiring or better equipped to teach the art of film making. TW1 offers a truly unique opportunity, as our students will not only be immersed in a working studio environment which encompasses all elements of the film production process, but also have the opportunity to mix with high-profile industry figures at work.

“The School benefits from the combination of state-of-the-art film production facilities at TW1 and the University of Lincoln’s reputation for academic excellence, including staff who previously worked at TW1 before becoming lecturers. We are delighted to have such fantastic industry support, as this highlights what a valuable venture the Lincoln Film School at Twickenham will be in delivering crucial training for the future of film across both the cinema and small screen.”

Maria Walker said: “There is no better way to learn than through practical experience. A course that offers an opportunity to work within a studio environment will expose a student to the real world of film making and film makers.”

For more information on The Lincoln Film School at Twickenham and to find out how to apply, visit www.lincolnfilmschool.com.
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