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UCLan students hit online funding target

04 March 2014

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Film production students secure funding for a sci-fi feature film

 

UCLan film production students could be one step closer to producing the next ‘Space Odyssey: 2001’ after securing funding for a sci-fi feature film.

Students have raised over £5,000 on crowdfunding website ‘Kickstarter’ after appealing for funds to supplement a year-long film project run as part of their degree course.

In an innovative move, the students decided on use of a crowdfunding platform to raise additional funds to enhance the film’s production.

“Getting films made is all about finding creative business solutions and to use a method such as crowdfunding shows just how in-touch the students are with the latest funding initiatives."

crowdfunding

Crowdfunding, which is becoming increasingly popular, is a way of raising funds for a project or venture, usually via the internet.

The concept is often used to raise funds for anything from new business ventures, disaster relief and scientific research.

UCLan’s film project is carried out by students in their second year of study and requires them to form their own production company with each member of the group taking on a different role to reflect jobs in the film industry.

The 25-strong group (pictured above) has raised the film’s budget themselves through sponsorships, personal contributions, events and a pitch to the Dean of UCLan’s School of Journalism and Media.

The feature film screenplay titled ‘Audax’ was written by third year film production degree students and filming of the feature will commence in April.

The project gives students the opportunity to gain a real hands-on insight into the world of film production while developing industry practice in a supportive environment.

This is the first year that UCLan has used crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to appeal for contributions and it was a video plea by students that helped encourage people to donate to the project.

Lecturer Chris Leonard said: “Getting films made is all about finding creative business solutions and to use a method such as crowdfunding shows just how in-touch the students are with the latest funding initiatives.

“It’s testament to each of the students, who have all surpassed themselves in their production team roles, demonstrating professionalism and determination throughout the project.

“What we’re witnessing is a real demonstration of entrepreneurship and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

The feature film screenplay titled ‘Audax’ was written by third year film production degree students and filming of the feature will commence in April.