The Cross Channel Film Lab has announced its call for four low to medium budget film projects that feature brave, original and imaginative usage of visual effects and/or Stereo 3D, to go through the Labâ€™s second workshop programme in 2014.
In todayâ€™s cinema, visual effects, computer generated images and Stereo 3D are usually associated with high budget films. The Cross Channel Film Lab (CCFL) initiative aims to foster the use of these tools for British and French independent cinema at low to medium budget levels.
Building on the success of a pilot scheme in 2010, the CCFL brings together the strengths and skills of eleven partners from both sides of the Channel, from the film industry and from the research and development fields.
The Lab offers filmmakers a unique opportunity to develop their screenplays and production strategies within an applied research platform dedicated to Stereo 3D, visual effects and CGI.
The scheme is developing a total of eight feature film projects during 2013 and 2014. Successful writer-director-producer teams work with experts from the UK and France, combining story and technology at an early stage to refine and present their projects and strengthen their production and post-production planning. Script consultants, VFX and Stereo 3D experts and specialist researchers assist the filmmakers in exploring the most effective ways for the projects to use technology and engage audiences at a lower budget.
Creative England, Bournemouth University, Falmouth University, Cornwall Council and Arts Centre Trust Cornwall worked with Franceâ€™s Le Groupe Ouest, Artefacto, UniversitĂ© de Bretagne Occidentale, TĂ©lĂ©com Bretagne (3D Fovea), Ecole EuropĂ©enne SupĂ©rieure dâ€™Art de Bretagne, the Dinard Film Festival and a range of industry partners worked to build a collaborative R&D model in 2012, followed by implementation of the first year of the Lab programme in 2013.
Four projects selected last year for participation in the Lab programme for 2013 are currently engaged in script development and image testing. (One and All and The Machine from the UK, and La Reine du Sabbat and A Tale From the Deep from France.)
The deadline for applications is 30th September 2013, with project selection completed in November.