The new Screen School at the London College of Communication (LCC) opened with a q and a featuring Chariots of Fire producer Lord Puttnam, where he talked about how British film must adapt in the era of Brexit and Donald Trump…
Launching the new Screen School at the London College of Communication (LCC), film producer Lord Puttnam cautioned the industry by saying the UK filmmaking sector is “a remarkable, but fragile story”, revealing the importance of collaborative thinking and the presence of talented migrants in the successful history of the industry.
“The special effects business exists because in the 1960s, a migrant named Stanley Kubrick came to the UK and made 2001. 45% of key employees in the special effects business aren’t British nationals, they come from the EU,” he said.
Acknowledging the evolution of the screen image, LCC’s Screen School aims to go beyond the traditions of film school models, bringing film and television together across various disciplines including animation, games, sound design and live events amid the growing dominance of screen-based cultures in our lives.
Lord Puttnam, perhaps best known for producing Chariots of Fire, referenced Kubrick’s legacy as LCC’s students have access to the University of the Arts London’s Stanley Kubrick Archive. Here they have direct access to the filmmaker’s scripts, props and set designs.
Collaboration must remain at the heart of British film, he said. This is particular important in areas of weakness such as screenwriting which he noted lagged behind other parts of the world because of a preference towards TV and theatre.
“We’re good with words, but we’re not a naturally visual nation, so we tend to overwrite scenes. Screenwriting is still regarded in the UK as an act in isolation,” he remarked.
“It’s a fantastic time to be entering the business. We’ve just got to remain outstanding. We must stand our ground and continue to drive forward talented people. This is why what UAL is doing here, is so important. There are poetries out there, all waiting to be written by you.”
Introducing LCC, Dean of Screen and filmmaker, Larra Anderson, said the school will address how audiences are experiencing film in a world dominated by screens in the our pockets. “We cannot be at home, on the train or on the street without being aware of the symbiotic relationship that our culture now has with screens and sound.”
The importance of film education remains as crucial as ever, she said. “We create new experiences for our audiences and through this, we create memories. By this, I mean, we create our identity for the audience. By creating memories and identity, film seeks to make lives better. An entertainment that enlivens the soul. This is our business. We are preparing [students] for viable lives in our art forms.”