FTV students have the opportunity to produce two films as part of the MA: the 5 minute guided editing project and the final dissertation, which is a 20-25 minute documentary. The guided editing project offers the chance to really get to grips with the filming equipment and editing software before embarking on the dissertation, although it can still be quite daunting to sit down in front of a Mac and start cutting together what is, for many, their first film!
There have been some great 5 minute pieces this year, including Christiana Ioannou’s ‘Obsessed with Salsa’. Christiana initially planned her film as a piece that would show how people get hooked on salsa dancing, but since completing it has been asked by both the Dance Club Latino Society and Latin Motion UK if they can use her work for promotional purposes! This is great news and an example of how work submitted for the MA can also be used as part of a wider portfolio.
So, if you’re struggling with an idea for your guided editing project, why not follow Christiana’s example and try approaching a charity, a university society or an organisation who are running an event you could cover? Not only will it make an interesting film, but it could lead to opportunities for your work to be circulated further.