Magdalene Students turn Film-Makers
9 hours really isn’t very much time to make an entire film, as Bucksmore’s Film Production Class learned in the past two weeks.
Beginning with limited experience and no pre-established plot, in just a few short hours the students had familiarised themselves with an array of professional film equipment, constructed a screenplay, and assigned all necessary roles on the film production team. From acting to sound production and editing, everyone was able to get involved in a manner that suited their strengths and interests, while learning about all aspects of the film production process through discussion and collaboration.
Ultimately, after exploring various different suggestions, the team settled on a short drama featuring a student who, having misplaced their key, explores increasingly unrealistic options in their desperation to re-enter their own room. This plotline seemed particularly apt given the great many students who’ve managed to lock themselves out of their own rooms during their time on the Cambridge Advanced Studies Programme, but fortunately, in reality, this issue is easily resolved with a trip to the ever-helpful College porters.
The team learnt first-hand about the many diverse challenges that film producers face, but with the help and guidance of our professional film advisor Lizzie, they were nevertheless able to produce a unique and engaging film!