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Lord Puttnam launches LCC Screen School with a message for film industry in Brexit/Trump era

Lord Puttnam launches LCC Screen School with lecture

23 January, 2017

London College of Communication (LCC), part of University of the Arts London (UAL), is leading the way with a new Screen School launched in response to the growing dominance of screen-based cultures in everyday lives.

Going beyond traditional film school models, LCC Screen School brings film and television together with the disciplines of games, animation, sound arts and design and live events.

Lord Puttnam, acclaimed film producer (Chariots of Fire) and author (Movies and Money: The Undeclared War Between Europe and America), officially launched LCC Screen School with a Q&A and lecture on his career and the future of the UK’s film and TV industry in the Brexit/Trump era.

The Launch
Introducing LCC Screen School, Dean of Screen and filmmaker, Larra Anderson, spoke about the growing dominance of screens in people’s daily lives and how it has changed society’s interactions with film and TV. She said, “we cannot be at home, on the train or on the street without being aware of the symbiotic relationship that our culture now has with screens and sound.”

Discussing the proposition of LCC Screen School, Larra explained “we create new experiences for our audiences and through this, we create memories. By this, I mean, we create our identity for the audience. By creating memories and identity, film seeks to make lives better. An entertainment that enlivens the soul. This is our business. We are preparing [students] for viable lives in our artforms.”

The launch opened with LCC Screen School showreel featuring work from across all LCC Screen School subjects.

Lord Puttnam
To mark the launch of LCC Screen School, Lord Puttnam, acclaimed British producer of classic films like Chariots of Fire, Bugsy Malone and The Killing Fields, opened the inaugural annual #LCCScreen School Presents lecture series.

Talking to students, staff, press and screen industry professionals, Lord Puttnam spoke about the global film industry going through huge successes over the last 100 years with a focus on the UK as a creative leader.

The impact of Brexit/Trump
Lord Puttnam had a message for LCC Screen School students as the future generation of the creative industry in light of Trump’s inauguration and Brexit negotiations “The UK’s film industry is a remarkable, but fragile story. The special effects business exists because in the 1960s, a migrant named Stanley Kubrick came to the UK and made 2001 [A Space Odyssey]. 45% of key employees in the special effects business aren’t British nationals, they come from the EU.”

With UAL’s Stanley Kubrick Archive based at LCC, Lord Puttnam’s nod to the legacy of Kubrick was an important reference in inspiring LCC Screen School students who have the iconic filmaker's scripts, props and set designs at their fingertips.

Collaborate, unite and remain outstanding
Supportive of LCC Screen School’s collaborative ethos, Lord Puttnam suggested “team-writing” as the solution for better screenwriting in the UK. He said “our screenwriting is weak because our TV and theatre is so strong. We’re good with words, but we’re not a naturally visual nation, so we tend to overwrite scenes. Screenwriting is still regarded in the UK as an act in isolation."

Lord Puttnam continued “It’s a fantastic time to be entering the business. We’ve just got to remain outstanding. We must stand our ground and continue to drive forward talented people. This is why what UAL is doing here, is so important. There are poetries out there, all waiting to be written by you.”

Source: The Fan Carpet