This week’s blog is a call for filmmakers interested in working on an exciting new collaborative project between staff and students at Swansea University, local communities. Details below:
The Ancient World on Film is an exciting new collaborative project between staff and students at Swansea University, local communities, and filmmakers. Filmmakers will work with staff and students in the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology to produce a short film (5-10 minutes) about the ancient world which opens up the subject to new audiences. Staff and students will be responsible for writing the script in consultation with local communities so that the films can be targeted effectively at our ideal audiences. However, we hope that filmmakers will embrace this opportunity to mentor our students and help them explore the creative potential of the medium. We are particularly keen to develop new ways of presenting information about the ancient world which go beyond the traditional documentary format and will welcome suggestions from filmmakers about how to do this. The films will be shown at a big launch at the Taliesin theatre in May 2019, where filmmakers and students will have the opportunity to discuss the production process with members of the public and invited guests.
We are producing four films in total and invite pitches from filmmakers to produce one or more of those films. For each film:
You Will Need:
* Demonstrable experience producing short films; ideally you will be able to demonstrate experience delivering a contracted film on schedule and on budget.
* To supply your own filming and editing equipment.
* Public liability insurance.
* To be prepared to undertake a DBS check if necessary.
* Ideally you will have experience producing films as part of a team, and particularly of working with community groups and/or students.
* Ideally you will be available to attend a workshop with members of the local community in late January or early February 2019. Dates will be confirmed after further consultation with all parties involved.
* To consult with students and staff during the script-writing period (February-March 2019). This can be done remotely if necessary.
* To be able to shoot the film in March or early April 2019. Filming is expected to take no more than one day.
* To provide a rough cut of the film for discussion by mid-April 2019.
* To deliver the final film by 30th April 2019.
* To attend a film screening at the Taliesin theatre on the University’s Singleton Park Campus on Monday 13th May from 4.30 to 7.30.
You Will Receive:
* A fee of £1,500 to be paid in two instalments (the first instalment to be paid after filming, the second upon delivery of the final film).
* A budget of £1,000 to make the film.
* 1 film (5-10 minutes in length) shot in Full HD format (1920×1080)
* Delivered as an MP4 file and one copy on a blue-ray disc
* Deadline for completion: 30th April 2019
* You will also be required to discuss a rough cut of the film with students at an appropriate moment in the process, likely in March or April 2019.
We are looking to create exciting, new films about the ancient world and we intend to give filmmakers and students plenty of scope to utilise their creative vision and skills to develop the film. In particular, we want to move beyond the traditional documentary format and find innovative ways to communicate information about the ancient world. For an idea of what we mean by all of this, feel free to have a look at an earlier project led by Dr Harrison.
Send a brief (1 page max) cover letter detailing your experience and including a link to a showreel or equivalent to Dr Stephen Harrison (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Joanne Berry (email@example.com) by 23.59 on 31st December 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in the first week of January 2019 with a view to further discussion.
We would love to hear from interested filmmakers, so please send informal queries and expressions of interest to Drs Berry and Harrison.