AMPAS to Deliver Masterclasses at U.K.’s Sheffield Hallam University (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough
Variety

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has linked up with media group 360 Degrees Media to launch an Academy Masterclass program at Sheffield Hallam University in Northern England.

The masterclasses will focus on the technical aspects of film-making, and will be led by such Academy members as production sound mixers Simon Hayes, who won an Oscar for “Les Miserables,” and Chris Munro, who won statuettes for “Black Hawk Down” and “Gravity.”

“We are keen to work with our members to reach out to as wide and diverse a cross-section of young people as possible,” said Carola Ash, director of the Academy in Europe. “It makes sense to extend this program, which started in London, now to the North of England. This is one of a number of initiatives across the U.K. as the Academy seeks to execute its educational remit, and these Academy members, many of whom are Oscar winners, are keen to share their years of experience.”

Alistair Maclean-Clark, 360’s managing director, said the masterclasses would give “students of all backgrounds an opportunity to meet with the top film technicians and craftspeople in the film world, which we hope will inspire a whole new generation of film and television professionals.”

He added: “With the huge demand for crews from major U.S. and U.K. production companies, there has never been a better time to become a technician in the film and TV business in the U.K.”

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