Les auteurs du CCFL Training en workshop à l'Université de Falmouth en train d'essayer une caméra 3D

Deadline on the 4th of September!

Filmmakers working with visual effects and Stereo 3D are invited to apply for the Cross Channel Film Lab Training online programme.  24 writers, directors, producers, VFX and animation professionals, editors and other crew and technicians will have the chance to experience online seminars and masterclasses, and engage in live web chat with VFX, Stereo 3D and screenwriting specialists.  While most applicants are expected to be from Europe, some places will be available to filmmakers from outside the EU.

Supported by Creative Europe, the programme focuses on how VFX and Stereo 3D technologies can be utilised in the development of low to medium budget feature films to enhance storytelling and reach new audiences.  Taking place over successive evenings during two weeks in September and November 2015, the online programme is managed by Le Groupe Ouest in collaboration with Creative England and Falmouth University.

The online programme will run alongside CCFL Training’s existing core programme for filmmakers with early stage feature film projects and will also allow the current programme participants to revisit sessions recorded during a week-long workshop held at Falmouth University in June.  Sessions will include François Garnier’s Introduction to Stereo 3D, script consultant Antoine Le Bos on Screenwriting, and VFX case studies from VFX experts Daniel Dixon, Tommi Lehtonen and Peter Rogers.  Additionally, participants will have access to some of the CCFL’s archive material, which includes recorded events with experts such as stereographer Joséphine Derobe, VFX supervisor Paddy Eason and filmmaker Marc Caro.

The previous Cross Channel Film Lab project (CCFL2) brought together eleven partners from the UK and France with industry experts over three years to explore innovative and immersive images and storytelling in low to medium budget feature films.  CCFL2 demonstrated how considering visual imaging at the writing and development stages of film projects can foster creativity, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

From its foundation as a cross-disciplinary forum where filmmakers, scientific researchers, technicians, educational institutions and industry can share skills and knowledge, the Cross Channel Film Lab is now forming new partnerships across Europe with the aim of revitalising the processes of film production and development, and providing inspiration and education in the use of VFX and Stereo 3D at lower budgets.

Application guidelines and an application form for the CCFL Training online programme are available at www.crosschannelfilmlab.com.  A limited number of bursaries will be available.

The deadline for submissions is 4 September 2015. 

For more info, contact: Pippa Best or Mary Davies uk[at]crosschannelfilmlab.com


Photo: © Andreas Sterzing


Notes to editors:

The Cross Channel Film Lab Training programme is supported by Creative Europe in partnership with Le Groupe Ouest, Creative England and Falmouth University.

Le Groupe Ouest seeks to further filmmaking in Brittany in a context of European co-operation and innovation.
Le Groupe Ouest is:
1. A unique place in France dedicated to the scriptwriting process and coaching writers.
2. A research and creation platform for linking storytelling with new imaging technology.
3. An innovative approach involving businesses in the development of Brittany’s filmmaking industry.
Le Groupe Ouest is a partner of the TorinoFilmLab and a partner and co-founder of the Cross Channel Film Lab.

Creative England
Creative England offers funding and tailored support to the TV, film, games and digital industries, and helps them flourish. It invests, mentors, advocates and collaborates at all levels of the industry, creating the right conditions for more success. www.creativeengland.co.uk

Falmouth University is a vibrant and forward-thinking specialist arts university and key player in the national and international creative scene. A justifiable international reputation for excellence in Art, Design, Media, Performance and Writing has grown from over a century of nurturing original thinking, supported by highly talented and professional staff.

Industry partners
The CCFL offers a wide range of expertise from across the film industry plus broad research knowledge and experience from its academic partners.

Amongst many others, the CCFL has previously consulted with experts at companies such as A Droite de la Lune, Amak, Bait Studios, BBC Films, Eyes3Shut, Film4, Film Factory, Nvizible, Rushes, Studio Canal, Vertigo Films, Vision 3 and Zoptic; directors including Gareth Edwards, Marc Caro, Christian Volckman, Ciaron Foy and Caradoc James; script consultants Yann Apperry, Pippa Best, Mary Davies and Antoine Le Bos; VFX experts Paddy Eason, Jean-Baptiste Lère, Christian Lett, Jonathan Privett, and Feidhlimidh Woods; and Stereo 3D specialists Hugo Barbier, Joséphine Derobe, François Garnier, Martin Parsons and Chris Parks.