We are very pleased to officially announce the very first large scale partnership between VCUarts Cinema and the local industry.
VCUarts, with the support of the Virginia Film Office and Virginia Film Commission, is producing a student-crewed feature length 35mm film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The project is written and directed by Angus Macfadyen (Turn, Braveheart), who takes on the titular role, alongside Taylor Roberts (Turn, Mona Lisa Smile), Kevin McNally (Turn, Downton Abbey, Pirates of the Caribbean), and Harry Lennix (The Blacklist, The Matrix 2 & 3, Titus), to name a few.
“VCUarts Cinema is the only undergraduate cinema program in the U.S. shooting a feature film with professional actors on 35mm motion picture film, this is an incredible opportunity for our students,” says Dr. Rob Tregenza.
Under the guidance of faculty members and industry professionals (including costume designer Isabela Tavares, DP Arthur Eng, casting director Anne Chapman, to name a few), Cinema students get direct hands on experience in all areas of production. Additional contributions are being made by the VCUarts student body; sculpture students are creating life-like severed head replicas for props, the music department is recording the score, and theatre students are jumping on board as supporting cast members.
Macbeth is currently being shot in and around Richmond on 35mm cameras. Principal photography is set to wrap in mid-February, at which point the film will enter post-production in anticipation of festival engagements in the second half of 2015.
The Summer 2014 Films are being polished and sent off to the DVD press! The First Cut Screening is coming at our heels, and before you know it, the Advanced Film Production class will be firing up with it’s Fall production. Work never stops at the Cinema Department!
Today we had the immense honor of exhibiting some of our work at the VCUarts Depot for our peers! The exhibit coincided with the annual VCUarts meeting; faculty and staff of the entire arts school assembled to discuss the year ahead, followed by a reception during which they mingled, snacked, and perused exhibits.
Films screened included A Man Could Give Up, In The Sand, The Trailer, Four Bitches and a Gun, and Laila. It was a hit! Many thanks to all the student workers who pulled off such a beautiful display in a very short amount of time!
A warm thanks to all who braved the snow and came out for our first screening this week! It’s going to be a great semester!