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Filmbase Masters Students to Produce Two Feature Films

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Last push for features

Students on the MSc Digital Feature Film Production course at Filmbase are engaged in a highly ambitious project to shoot, edit and complete two feature films in time for summer festivals as part of their production course. Scripts for the films have been written for the class by acclaimed writer Eoin Colfer and past Filmbase graduate Chris Brennan.

Colfer is the international bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl novels and is contributing an original screenplay Poison Pen for the MSc class to produce. Poison Pen is a romantic comedy featuring a has-been literary master, PC Molloy, who is blackmailed into working for a tabloid gossip magazine. Cultures clash and sparks fly as the cerebral Molloy reluctantly becomes the celebrity interviewer for vain celebrities. Will Molloy be seduced by the trappings of fame or will he just be seduced April Devereux, the fiery editor of Poison Pen? It was recently announced that Robert De Niro and Harvey Weinstein would be producing a Hollywood adaptation of Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series for Disney Studios.

Light of Day is an original screenplay developed by Chris Brennan as part of the beActive Digital Comedy Lab for feature films with transmedia potential. Light of Day follows the doomed crew of First Bite is The Deepest – a cheap vampire flick as they struggle to make their film. With an inept director, world-weary producer, meddlesome writer, star with a peanut allergy and the worst product placement deals in history there’s more horror behind the scenes than in the film. The only hope their film will ever see the light of day rests in the hands of Michael and Sarah, the only two sane people on the production.
Both these films are being made as part of the Filmbase MSc Digital Feature Film Production course. Practical production is a cornerstone of this Masters course and the two films being made this year will challenge the crew in very different ways. The goal is to produce two industry-standard feature films capable of propelling everyone involved into careers in feature filmmaking.

Previous films produced on the MSc programme include How To Be Happy (Brian Gleeson, Gemma-Leah Devereux) and Keys to the City (Rory Keenan, Conor Mullen, David Murray). How To Be Happy recently opened the 15th Chicago Irish Film Festival having sold out screenings at the Galway Film Fleadh and the Cork Film Festival here in Ireland.

Production will begin on both films later this month and students are currently completing a crowd funding campaign on IndieGoGo. Anyone looking for more details on the projects can go to http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/filmbase-filmrace

About the Masters Digital Feature Film Production Course
Filmbase is running an innovative programme in Digital Feature Film production. The programme, now entering its third year, is a unique industry-facing Masters course which prepares filmmakers for the reality of writing, developing, producing, pitching, shooting, editing and distributing feature films in digital formats.

Digital techniques have removed many of the barriers to traditional film production and distribution. Creative filmmakers can now produce original and distinctive work at much lower budgets than traditionally possible. Building on the opportunities offered by this radical change in model the innovative course equips film students with the creative and technical skills necessary for future roles in digital film production and the creative industries.

The course offers both a drama and documentary production strands and will run for one year full-time from Filmbase. Optional modules will also take place throughout the year in London and in Berlin during the European Film Market.
Filmmakers interested in applying for the course can find more details on
www.filmmasters.ie