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I had decided early on that I wanted to study film production at university and I really wanted a course that was more practical than theory-based. Most of the courses I looked at were too analytical and theoretical and I wanted something more hands-on. I was pleased to discover the Film Production Technology Course, which is exactly was I looking for.
I was impressed with the amount of film equipment that was offered (especially considering the amount of people on the course). The new Panasonic HXV-200s which the University has recently purchased are excellent cameras to learn on. The picture quality is good and they are extremely lightweight and practical (although the lens on the HVX is quite poor).
Additionally, lights, grip gear (jib and tracking) monitors, reflectors, generators and audio equipment can be hired out from the film stores, as well as camera filters such as graduated ND filters and polarizing filters. Using this equipment allowed you to be a little more creative and ambitious when it came to the practical work.
The balance of practical to written work is good and you get to make lots of short films, allowing you to build up a portfolio of work which will significantly boost your chances of getting a job after you graduate. The staff are enthusiastic and happy to help out and give feedback from projects when asked. I enjoyed the third year the most because you can really explore the area you are most interested in and study it in detail for your dissertation. The music video module was a lot of fun too.
The accommodation in the first year is excellent and it is great to have all the students living in one place. It is pretty easy to find a house as well for the 2nd and 3rd years. The library is really good and contains lots of useful textbooks, plus a free DVD library of classic world cinema, especially useful for the film students to study.
The town is pretty quiet, but it does have a couple of nightclubs and lots of pubs to drink in. The local film theatre shows some fantastic films every Tuesday, but is criminally underused by the film students (perhaps cos it is student night.)
I very much enjoyed studying at Staffordshire University and would happily recommend the Film Production Technology course to anyone who wants to pursue a career as a professional film maker.
Written by GDiddy on 24th Oct 2008