UWTSD Filmstudents launch Indiegogo campaign

16.03.2017

Aspiring film-making students from University of Wales Trinity Saint David School of Art and Design have launched campaigns to crowd-fund their final year projects. The four students, all of whom are in their third year of a BA Digital Film and Television Production course, are using the website Indiegogo. If they reach their targets, the money will go towards their final major project, which is their opportunity to showcase their skills to industry professionals. 

four students in studio

Chris Buxton, a lecturer on the BA Digital Film and Television Production, has been supporting the students through the project. He said: “I’ve been one of the tutors on this project throughout the year. I’m also a producer, writer and director myself so hopefully I can bring the knowledge I have from my professional life into their learning as well. I do things like this myself for various projects. Crowd-funding is very much a recent addition to the filmmakers’ arsenal. It’s a great discipline for the students, and it gives them so many skills about learning to pitch a project, understanding a market and reaching out to potential buyers for their films.”

Kerry Norton’s project is called The Forsaken and centres on the theme of domestic abuse from the perspective of the victim. Kerry said he was aiming to create a film that is thought provoking and relevant while also hitting convention criteria allowing for an intense thrill ride which the audience expects of the genre. Kerry said: “The film plays with the audience’s imagination and creates tension and paranoia alongside the main character.”

Alex Williams is fundraising for his film Cari, the story of young girl living on an isolated farm in rural Wales who must find the courage to come out to her strictly religious parents. The film has already raised 75% of its target. Alex said: “In the current climate, it’s more important than ever that these stories get told. I wanted to look at coming out because it’s such an important part of a gay person’s life. Many LGBT+ films concentrate on couples and people in love. I wanted to look at how someone can come to terms with their sexuality when they live in an isolated place.”

Nick Perry’s film is called The Experiment. It is the story of a group of activists who break into a medical research facility with the intent of stealing valuable evidence. Nick said: “The film is a psychological thriller that’s meant to play with the audience’s mind.” Nick is a mature student and spent 24 years as an Army chef before deciding to pursue his passion for film and photography. He has already worked with industry professionals and is intending to enter this film to national and international film festivals.

Luke Formosa’s final project is a gore-horror film called Heartless. The film exposes the intentions of a surgeon seeking revenge after encountering the loss of his mother who died in the operating theatre during open heart surgery. Luke said: “It’s the story of a surgeon who removes the organs from the bodies of his victims in which he sells to a person he believes is more worthy of life.”

Chris Buxton said every student on the course was in the process of completing their final year projects. “All our students create their own film, they’re all authoring a piece,” he added. “We are encouraging the students to be more entrepreneurial in their thinking this year. Not only are they satisfying their creative ambitions but they are also thinking about the market where their project might go and how that will give them a foothold in the industry when they leave. It’s about giving the students a chance to realise that they are not artists working in an ivory tower but they are people who can make their own way in the industry. I did a session with them on crowdfunding and we looked at some successful campaigns for short films. All of these students here have shot specific films just to raise funds. It makes them aware of how the film industry works and gives them more employment opportunities when they graduate.”

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact: Cate Hopkins, Press and Media Officer on: catherine.hopkins@uwtsd.ac.uk / 07872 423 788