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Annual Society Student Film Show


Students  graduating  from  courses  accredited  or associated with the Society,  have had the opportunity of
screening their work at the National Film Theatre on London’s South Bank in mid July for the past  nine years.
The  screenings   have  been  sponsored  by  Christie,  the major international manufacturer of digital cinema
projectors,  and  are  made  possible  thanks  to  the  close  support  of  the  BFI Technical Operations Team.
The Society gratefully acknowledges the generous sponsorship of Christie.

In 2014 the format changed from the preceding years.


Another Great Annual Accreditation Event: Wednesday 6th. July 2016
Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Christie once again, and the kind support of the BFI Technical  Operations Team, our annual event for accredited and approved courses was held at NFT 3 at BFI Southbank, London, again.
Martin Uren gave a fascinating talk on filming for VR, and an overview of basic visual grammar for VR. There was a great on stage interview with Annie Conlon about her experience of breaking into the TV industry and navigating a career in that competitive industry. A Q & A session with students followed. Courses were able to showcase recent graduation work in this great venue. All this with drinks and networking afterwards made for another great event.
Annual Accreditation Scheme Event  “Hot Topics & Work In Progress”
Thursday 9th. July 2015 at NFT3, BFI Southbank



July 9th saw the Society Education and Training Group take over NFT3 at BFI Southbank for an afternoon entitled ‘Hot Topics and Work in Progress’. This, the eighth such event, provided an interesting combination of talks from leading industry experts, screenings of films made by students from colleges at Farnham, Brighton, Bournemouth, Staffordshire and Sheffield Hallam, and some fascinating discussions about topics of particular relevance to film and media courses.
The afternoon consisted of screenings of work from the students, introduced by their tutors, who were encouraged to highlight ‘hot topics’ that are particularly affecting their courses, interspersed with technical talks. BKSTS CTC member Chris Connett from Christie brought the audience up to date with the latest happenings in cinema exhibition. Chris introduced us to the Premium Large Format cinemas that are currently ‘on trend’, explaining about immersive sound systems and the potential for better images that higher dynamic range and higher frame rates make possible.


Arri’s Milan Krsljanin gave an in-depth presentation entitled “Big Pictures: Spectacular Quality Images”, in which he ranged widely  giving details of higher resolution, higher dynamic range and higher frame rate images, telling the students that there is far more to spectacular images than numbers of pixels - we also need the better pixels that the new technologies make possible. Without any commercial ‘push’ he explained the capabilities of Arri’s latest range of cameras, including the Alexa 65 and its smaller siblings, and left us in doubt that the new generations of large sensor cameras will be able to more than cope with the increasing demands of the industry for ever better pictures.
Martin Uren, Chair of the Society Education and Training Group, has long practical experience of 3D production at the lower-cost end of the market, which has gained him a deserved reputation as a ‘guru’ in this field. He took us through the basics of 3D production and showed examples of different types of 3D cameras and ‘rigs’. It was fascinating to see some of the experimental work which he and his students have produced, including a piece where dancers filmed against a green-screen were superimposed on some interesting 3D material shot in a forest.
A key part of the day was the opportunity for students to talk with experienced members of the industry, and a drinks reception in the BFI Atrium at the end of the afternoon saw many enthusiastic conversations between students and practitioners from many different areas of our business.
Thanks to Christie for their generous sponsorship of the event, and to the excellent BFI technical team for making it all possible.
"Hot Topics & Work in Progress" 2014 Event at NFT2
Sponsored by Christie, in late June, over sixty students and staff from accredited and approved courses attended the afternoon Workshop / Conference with presentations from industry professionals on current Hot Topics within the industry.
Eugenie von Tunzelmann, from Framestore, joined us hot from the wrap party of Chris Nolan's latest film "Interstellar" to talk about carving out a career as a computer special effects supervisor and how to get there.
Angela Gordon, a member of BKSTS Council, spoke about winning shorts commissions, promoting & marketing shorts and shorts as an industry career start. 
Peter Wilson, a well known Fellow of the Society, spoke about the role of the Digital Image Technician and particularly  what knowledge base DITs need to know and understand to become employable and effective.
The afternoon presentations were interspersed with short presentations from each of the accredited / approved courses showing clips of student work and highlighting production issues back at campus.




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