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16 Jul 2016

Film students first in the UK

Rachel Houlden

Students from the BA (Hons) Digital Film Production course at Ravensbourne are the first in the country to direct and produce a feature length film.

Close Up Of Sasquatch Character Staring Contest With A Chicken

The film, called Sasquatch, is about two young men who trick a small Lake District town into believing Bigfoot is real. This Saturday (16 July) marks it’s London premiere at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square.

The project took two years to make and was shot outside of term time with a budget of £9,500, raised through crowdfunding.

Rob Luke, alumni from the course co-wrote and led in directing and producing the film with help from friends and his Ravensbourne classmates during his time at the institution. Equipment from Ravensbourne was also used in the shoot and post production of the project with students seeking advice and support from their tutors.

Senior lecturer in film production, Dr Garth Twa said: “ We are always encouraging our students to collaborate creatively and participate in professional practice. I was delighted to be able to offer advice and extremely impressed the project was completed in between study periods.

Poster Warning Of Sasquatch Rumours In The Neighbourhood

“We are very proud of our graduates for producing a feature length film with limited time and budget and hope to see more of their work in the future.”

Rob said: “Studying at Ravensbourne was invaluable. We could not have made this film without the expert facilities and resources they have on offer to students.

“We’d like to thank the tutors for all the support and advice they have given us whilst making this movie.”

Rob was part of the Ravensbourne Self-Employment and Enterprise Diversity Scheme (SEEDS) programme which supports neuro-diverse students on their path into enterprise through mentoring. Rob was mentored by Gareth Unwin, Ravensbourne alumni and Producer of the award winning film "The King's Speech".

The premiere of Sasquatch was sponsored by Ravensbourne. Students showreels will be played before the film.

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