Magwitch – The BIG 48 hour film school challenge!

Ever watched TV or a film and thought “I could do that”? Are you aged between 14 -21, free next weekend and looking for a challenge? Viola Films needs YOU!!

To celebrate the world premiere on 11 February of Magwitch, the film’s producers, violafilms, in partnership with Rochester Cathedral, Screen South, North Sea Screen Partnership and Medway Council, are offering a great chance for you to meet some of the professionals behind it and give YOU the opportunity for to take the 48 hour film challenge!

Here’s what is involved:

The BIG 48 hour film school challenge will run over 11 and 12 February from 10.30am-4.30pm

• On Day 1 you will learn the basic essentials to create a film and a plan to launch your career:
o “Speed dating” with the industry professionals
o Shooting tips
o How to use Final Cut Pro
o Getting your film seen
o Social media basics for film-makers
o The career ladder

On Day 2, the challenge will be to make your film using any sort of camera you have (smartphone/digital). Devise a film no longer than 4 minutes and shoot in a day.

What you need: Ideas! Enthusiasm! A camera phone and/or access to a video camera.

Who should apply: Writers, directors, producers, actors, film-makers, cinema lovers, anyone with an interest in how movies are made and who seek a basic introduction to the film-making process.

Final work will be premiered at a special screening and uploaded onto youtube.

Places are limited and to apply you need to contact 01634 810066 or email: for further information and an application form.

Magwitch is a short prequel to Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and tells the tale of Charles Dickens’ most famous convict. It’s a  story full of injustice, passion and murder and can be seen on Saturday from 6.30pm at Rochester Cathedral, prior to the screening of Great Expectations.

This project has been enabled by Screen South and the RIFE lottery and NSSP funding programme.

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