National Film and Television School

“The School’s task is to find and bring forward talent that will make its individual mark. For the cost of about two low budget features a year we are training more than 100 people. Which is more valuable?” (NFTS Introductory booklet). Report by Ken Clark. The GPO Film Unit, founded in the early Thirties, quite … Read more

National Film and Television School – Page 2

During his three years with NFTS Ken Lidster worked for short attachments at Aardman’s where Nick Park was in residence and would you believe? Nick Park was also a graduate from the school. That alone would have been enough to interest me in pursuing a line of enquiry but pulling a video copy of RARG … Read more

National Film and Television School – Page 3

I accepted Danny Boon’s invitation to visit the School to see for myself the creative environment they have fashioned. There are two objectives: general training and advanced specialist training by means of a number of workshops. Students do not spend their days in classrooms, indeed, after the first nine months there are very few classes. … Read more

National Film and Television School – Page 4

Approximately two-thirds of their work is acceptable first time round. Whatever one might think of their method, the result would cost very much more to produce on mainland America, Britain or Europe. Small wonder these companies are presently thriving even though, if you look closely, you can clearly see their shortcomings. “While Ken Lidster was … Read more