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.
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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.
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.
Producers Lloyd Phillips (Inglourious Basterds; Vertical Limit), Teun Hilte (Black Book) and Allan Niblo (Monsters) studied at the NFTS.
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