London is the third busiest film producing City in the world, with over thirty crews shooting on its streets every day. More producers are choosing to have their films made in the city due to the variety of world-class facilities and skilled crew, including special effects and post-production houses. The UK's biggest Studios are also either based in or within easy reach of London. There are also generous tax incentives for filmmakers, making it a very desirable and inexpensive option for independent and Hollywood Producers alike.
Met Film School is based in the world-famous Ealing Studios, a short tube journey from central London and its many cinemas, theatres and sights. There are plenty of informal media groups and societies in London that you can join and we hold regular masterclasses and events at the school to supplement your learning.
Among the best resources for students are:
The British Film Institute, on London's South Bank, hosts the world-renowned London Film Festival in October as well as a host of other events including Galas, Classic Movie Screenings and Q&As with International Filmmakers. The BFI is also home to The BFI Reuben Library, which has a huge collection of books, journals, documents and audio recording about the world of film and television- perfect for in-depth research on particular film genres or figures within the film world.
London is also home to several museums dedicated to film and the visual arts. The Cinema Museum is devoted to keeping alive the spirit of cinema from the days before the multiplex. Set in historic surroundings in Kennington, close to the Elephant & Castle, the Cinema Museum houses a unique collection of artefacts, memorabilia and equipment that preserves the history and grandeur of cinema from the 1890s to the present day. It also hosts events like silent movie screenings and lectures on the Golden age of cinema.
The London Film Museum has homes on both the South Bank and in Covent Garden, and has up-to-date exhibitions on iconic films and the history of cinema. The biggest of it's kind in the UK, the LFM is home to a huge archive of film memorabilia and journals on everything you can think off movie-wise!
Film London offers funding for filmmakers based in the UK as well as comprehensive information about the British film industry- including competitions and upcoming local film festivals (London boasts 40 film festivals annually!)
It's also worth becoming a member of Shooting People, the UK's largest online film community. And Met Film School students get a 50% discount off the membership fee!
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