Our main goal as a society is to provide an informal environment where people can improve their filmmaking skills. These skills include writing and developing scripts, editing and cinematography. To home these skills, our members meet regularly on Monday evenings and take part in two-week projects. Alongside our regular two-week projects we also have flagship projects that our members can get involved with, these projects span a much longer time period and involve much more work and dedication than our two-week projects, they do however result in higher quality films being produced. During the year there will also be a chance to take part in one of our 24-hour challenges, this involves teams producing the best film they can over 24 hours.
The society also works outside of the university environment, this includes working with clients and also the community. An Example of such is filming at Crisis, the largest student night out in Nottingham and also getting involved with our local film festival in Beeston.
And don't worry as a bunch of students we also have a few socials planned this year, that is if we can get around to organising them for once...
How the society works
Two-week projects are the meat of FMS. Each Monday evening at 9pm in A45 in the Clive Granger building we meet and undertake an infamous two-week project. The first week of the project will consist of a brief given by our committee in which the topic of the short films that will be made are highlighted. After this individuals will be put into teams and then use the remaining time is used to plan and script a short film. The second week is then centred around producing and filming the short film. Once each groups film has been shot they will then be edited by members within the teams and showcased to the whole society the week after. The best short films will then be placed on our Facebook page and as of this year, our website.
As with Hollywood, not all films are created equal, some have much more time and money devoted to their production. To create films that are of a higher quality and to showcase the incredible talent within our society we have large showpiece projects that are produced each year. These projects require more planning and devotion and can run for a number of months, the result being longer films of much higher quality.
The first stage of creating a showpiece project is to attend pitch night, this is held on the 10th of October this year and updates and information will be found on our Facebook page. Pitch night involves members of the society pitching their ideas for a longer film to other members of the society and the committee. After the pitches, the committee will then select 2-3 of the films that they believe have the most potential to be produced into films over the course of the year. Once a project has been given the green light the project will be assigned a core crew consisting of all of the key roles for its initial production to begin. These roles are typical; writer, producer, Director, Director of Photography and editor. This core team will then work together over an extended period of time planning the production of the project. These projects not only receive more time but also get given a budget and actors from outside the society. This combination of additional production time, money and a higher quality of actor results in a high-quality film that can be showcased by the society.
22:36 - 2018 Showpiece project
22:36 is a short film produced by FMS and written by Anna Wallace. The film is set at a bus stop between four characters, an unfortunate series of events then leads to one of the characters looking at jail time.
Outside the society
As an established society, FMS also offers its members the ability to use their skills outside the normal structure of the society. FMS members have the opportunity to help produce films and videos for a range of clients outside of the university environment, one such client being Rock City, where members of FMS regularly film Crisis on Wednesday night. Over the course of the year, we will also be working at making more connections with clients outside of the university to help improve the opportunities for our society members.
How to join
For any students of the UoN with an interest in filmmaking, we would love you to become a member of FMS. Our society thrives as a result of our member's creativity. The more people who join FMS, the more creative and better our society can become. To join our society follow the links at the top of the page for membership and also follow us on Facebook, here all information about meetings will be posted.
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