Hollywood visual effects producer endorses new film course

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05 Mar 2013 15:11:01.737

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A leading Hollywood visual effects producer says a new and unique film course just launched at The University of Nottingham will fill a gap in the market for training in the competitive world of the film and television business.

Francine Marchetti has worked for Warner Bros, ParamountUniversal and Disney and is the latest Hollywood professional to visit the University’s Institute of Screen Industries Research (ISIR). Her visit this week coincides with the launch of a new MA in Film, Television and Screen Industries which is designed to train the industry pioneers of the future.

Ms Marchetti will be giving staff and students an insider’s perspective on working in Hollywood including a screening and talk on the latest Oscar winning movie for visual effects, Life of Pi. She will also be giving lectures and seminars to current film students about the visual effects industry and advice on how to pursue a career in this field.

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The University’s Department of Culture, Film and Media is also launching its new taught masters programme which has been developed in consultation with film and TV studios, industry organisations and leading filmmakers. The MA is an important addition to the pioneering work of the Institute of Screen Industries Research whose mission is to establish and increase dialogue between academia and industry.

Dynamic and productive

The year-long full-time course, also available part-time over two years, is designed to give participants an in-depth working knowledge of the film business including the studio operations, production development, marketing & branding, audience intelligence and international markets and regulations. Unique to the UK, this MA also offers students the opportunity to apply for highly competitive internships in leading studios and organisations in Hollywood and the UK.

Reacting to her visit to the University and the announcement of the new course, Francine Marchetti, said: “I am extremely excited to be part of the Institute for Screen Industries Research project. I look forward to collaborating on the new MA programme which I believe will be a dynamic and productive opportunity for all students wishing to work in the film and television industry.”

Director of the Institute of Screen Industries Research, Dr Gianluca Sergi, added: “It is extremely encouraging to see the support and enthusiasm from leading industry professionals around our new MA programme in Film, Television and Screen Industries. The MA is a significant component of the Institute for Screen Industries Research project and we believe that students will benefit hugely form being part of it.”

Full details of the new MA in Film, Television and Screen Industries, admissions criteria and how to apply can be found here.

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More information is available from Dr Gianluca Sergi, ISIR, on +44 (0)115 846 7466, gianluca.sergi@nottingham.ac.uk


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