Lord Puttnam has launched a new venture in online education which involves him delivering modules to university students across the world from his home in Skibbereen using technology that has been enabled and powered by BT Ireland and Cisco.
Lord Puttnam’s venture is known as Atticus Education and the first series of seminars are being delivered to Griffith Film School at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia over a period of 10 weeks, having commenced in late August 2012.
This innovative education model is facilitated using a Cisco TelePresence high definition video conferencing solution with high speed internet access provided by BT Ireland’s next generation national fibre and Ethernet network. This allows for high definition video communication between Lord Puttnam’s base in West Cork, and universities across the globe. Users are also be able to view video clips and interact with Lord Puttnam via Smart Whiteboard technology provided by Promethean.
The state-of-the-art connectivity allows for high speed uncontended internet access using BT fibre and BT managed radio network. This effectively extends the BT network into rural areas such as Skibbereen.
Lord Puttnam is already in further discussions with universities in Asia, the UK, Ireland and the US to deliver film, moving images and production modules to students over the coming months and further announcements will be made on this site shortly.
The seminars draw, in part, both on Lord Puttnam's personal experience as a filmmaker and his book Movies and Money (published in the UK and Australia as The Undeclared War), a provocative, original and entertaining account of the struggle for control of the world's film industry since the birth of the medium in 1895.