The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) are currently running a unique series of masterclasses led by award-winning practitioners from the worlds of Film, Television and Video Games at the ICA throughout February and March 2011.

These masterclasses examine the many roles that feed into the creation of award-winning work and will appeal not just to those seeking a career in the creative industries but also anyone interested in gaining an exclusive insight into the work that takes place behind the scenes.

This is the first time BAFTA and the ICA have formed a partnership; two organisations that together represent excellence and innovation in creativity across the whole spectrum of artistic endeavour.

Equally important is the craft of title design, which can be the most experimental part of any visual media, setting the mood for the piece to follow.  Nic Benns and Miki Kato are two of the most successful film title sequencers in today’s industry.  Both were BAFTA-nominated for their work on the TV series MisFits and their distinctive work can also be seen on the film ‘An Education’. Their company, Momoco, is a design and live action studio whose most recent credit is the fascinating short sci-fi film, ‘Copelia’. On Wednesday 16 February, Nic and Miki will tell us how they started out and what makes their titles so eye-catching and unique.

It is perhaps hair and make-up design, which makes the story-telling of film and television so believable: Jacqueline Fowler is one of the most in-demand designers in this field.  BAFTA-nominated in 2010 for her work on ‘Red Riding 1974’, Jacqueline has experience across all genres, from period drama to horror, character to contemporary.  On 23 February, Jacqueline will share her experiences of starting out as a hairdresser, breaking into the film industry, her work with big stars such as John Malkovich and her latest work on the set of ‘Ironclad’ (2011), a medieval action and adventure film.

Further masterclasses in March will feature David Hego (Art Direction), Gareth Edwards (Visual Effects) and Charles Cecil (Writing for Games).


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