Media students have launched a bid to raise £1,000 to fund two films they are making in the South Downs next month.
Second-year Level 3 Film and TV students will film psychological thriller The Sanctuary and black comedy The C Word in East Sussex, with both being screened at London’s British Film Institute in November.
In order to finance the films, including paying for travel, filming and props, they are selling end credits to the films and holding cake sales, competitions and sponsored video game tournaments.
The project, the second annual trip run by the department, will see the 30 second-year students split into two crews, with each person assigned a role as if it were a ‘real’ film.
“We’ve been trying to think of unusual things to do to raise the money we need,” said student Josh Knight, who will be a camera operator and is hoping to join the editing team in post-production.
“This is giving us good experience of what it might be like in the industry if you had to finance a film, and because we’ve invested even more energy into the film we’re even more committed to it.”
Dan Bold, who will also be operating a camera, said: “I’m hoping to make music videos in the future, so I think this project is going to be really useful and it’ll look really good on my show reel.
“Usually we film in small groups, so everyone gets to do multiple roles and see where their strengths are. This time we’re working as a proper film crew, so we’ll be able to properly focus on one role.”
Stuart Camp, who will be on-set editor for the films and hopes to go into visual effects in the future, added: “We’re all also looking forward to being able to premiere our film at the BFI.”
Graham Chalk, Deputy Head of Media, wrote the scripts for both films. He said: “This is a really great project for the students, because it ties together so many skills.
“Alongside their technical film-making skills we’re looking at how they work as a team, how they manage their time, and their initiative, resourcefulness and perseverance.”
To donate to the project, visit the students' Indiegogo page.
Photos below taken by Josh Knight