The Open University and Pinewood Studios are to work together to produce a free online course for people who are interested in pursuing a commercial career in the film industry. Budding directors and producers will be able to draw on Pinewood’s expertise, the home of the British film industry, combined with the academic excellence of one of the world’s leading providers of distance learning.
The new partnership was unveiled today at The Technology Innovators Forum in Qingdao, China, which brings together leading creative and innovative industries from around the world. The two parties have agreed to work together on a free new online course which will explore the creative processes and business skills required when making movies.
The course will launch on FutureLearn.com, the Open University-backed platform for free online courses. Available free of charge to anyone around the world, the new course will focus on the business aspect of the film industry, offering learners the opportunity to find out more about the commercial aspects of the film industry.
Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, Martin Bean, said:
Ivan Dunleavy, Chief Executive Officer of Pinewood Shepperton plc said:
According to a recent UK Government report, The UK film and television industry employed almost 240,000 people in 2012 and was worth almost £10bn to the UK economy.
The Pinewood Studios Group is a leading provider of studio and related services to the global film and television industry. Synonymous with world class British and international productions, the impressive heritage of its UK-based Pinewood and Shepperton Studios date back to the early 20th Century and are home to some of the most successful feature films and TV shows ever made.
The facilities comprise the best quality sound stages, a globally unique underwater filming stage, a wealth of specialist production resources, state of the art TV studios, post production and digital content services. The studios also offer easy access to the world's most experienced crews as well as the expertise of hundreds of complementary media companies based at its Pinewood and Shepperton Media Hubs.
Renowned across the globe for excellence in its field, the Pinewood brand is now being exported overseas to studios in Toronto, Canada; Atlanta, Georgia USA; Berlin, Germany; Iskandar, Malaysia and the Dominican Republic.
The Pinewood Group offers equity and debt financing to UK film and television production as part of its growing range of advisory services, representing media funds of both Isle of Man and Welsh Governments.
Recent film and TV productions that have used the Studios’ facilities include, Gravity (Warner Bros); Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel Entertainment); Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit (Paramount Pictures); Maleficent (Walt Disney Studios); 8 out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie To You and The Guess List.
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