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Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design


Metlab success showcased at Edinburgh International Film Festival

Metlab, a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme for screenwriters offered by London Met’s Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design (JCAMD), was invited to deliver an event for film industry professionals at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, the longest running film festival in the world.

Metlab is a centre of excellence designed to mirror what happens in the professional world of film-making, and is a response to the Relph Report of 2002, which highlighted the need for the industry to mould itself as a business, and Alan Parker’s speech to the British Film Institute, which urged a distribution-led rather than a production-led industry.

Course leader, John Sweeney, and the 16 writers on the self-funded CPD programme spent more than 12 months, from June 2006 to August 2007, developing their scripts with the assistance of professional script editors. At the Festival they promoted their projects and gave a presentation, ‘From Script To Screen’, to delegates about the Metlab project and its success in assisting writers to develop projects in a commercial environment.

Executives from companies such as Working Title, Summit, Neil Street Productions, Slingshot, WarpX and the Recorded Picture Company spoke with the writers about the industry and offered them a unique chance to pitch their ideas, the majority of which are now being evaluated by one of the companies with a view to possible production.

Speaking about Metlab, John said: ‘We should have a great film business in the UK, on paper we have everything; the second or third largest pro-rata cinema going audience in the world, the English language which is the most commonly used in movies, as well as fantastic facilities and technical expertise.

‘However we don’t spend enough time or money on script development compared with Hollywood and that is in evident in the industry output. Metlab was created to break the mould and I am delighted it has proved so popular.’

19 September 2007

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