Symposium No.4 Summary

What a busy week it was. The screening of PressPausePlay was well attended and had some interesting discussion at the end. Similarly, Crushing Snails was a challenge to conventional thinking and raised some interesting points about how to fund films in the future. I’ve Got This Idea For A Film was perhaps the most popular event of the week, with an incredible turnout coming to see how to make a movie in 72 hours. The discussion with Charlotte Hunt about the representation led to some good debate, more so than the actual debating session on the Wednesday, which was poorly attended. Thursday was John Bradburn’s ‘Death of Reality’ lecture, which raised some important questions about the volume of images that exist online and what we are to make of them all. The Creative England networking event in the evening was well attended in Birmingham, with many students getting experience of schmoozing for the first time. Friday saw the launch of Grand Independent and a screening of A Saharan Diary. Overall it was felt that the Symposium was a great success for those who attended, but that the majority of students weren’t getting the best out of the opportunity as they didn’t go to all of the events.

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