A new college for those wanting to work behind the camera has launched in London, with the backing of some of TV and film's biggest producers.
The London Screen Academy is now accepting applications ahead of its opening in September 2019, and is a free, state-funded school for 16-18 years.
Among the LSA's founders are Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Heyday Films’ David Heyman, Eon Productions’ Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and The Last King of Scotland producer Lisa Bryer.
“As founders we believe that everyone who has a passion for film-making should have the opportunity for a career behind the camera in one of the many jobs in the screen industries,” said Bevan. “We want to make the seemingly inaccessible film and television worlds accessible.”
He added that the “workforce should better reflect the diversity and cultural richness of the city in which we live.”
The LSA will aim to train students for a career in the film and TV industries with a project-based curriculum replicating industry standards and working methods. Games and VR/AR will be part of its curriculum.
It expects to launch with around 300 students, with a maximum capacity of 1,000.