We produce a film every term, as well as offer affiliate bids and more filmmaking opportunities. Members can also hire out equipment and studio space.
We produce three films every year, completely created by FilmSoc members. It is the perfect opportunity for learning how filmmaking works, while having a lot of fun at the same time.
These are usually around 10 minutes in length, and are well planned, higher budget, full-crew projects. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced filmmaker, our term films are a great way for you to push your creativity to the limits, while learning what it's like to work on a film with a full crew.
The bidding process is divided into three stages: the Producer Application, Writer Application and Director Application.
A producer must be organized, invested in the project, be able to work around time and budget constraints, be able to solve problems and show perseverance, determination and passion. You are the motor of the film, and we want to see this come through in your application. Once all applications have been received, we will select a few people for a face-to-face chat with a panel composed of FilmSoc committee members to select the producer. This role requires someone with at least some experience in producing, as it is a very large responsibility, as well as a basic knowledge of kit hire.
Send your treatments (a one page treatment, see guidelines) and 5 pages of a draft of a script to our email address, and a panel of committee members, as well the producer, will invite a few writers for a face-to-face discussion of their idea. We will judge the treatment mainly on the idea and its originality, but also on its feasibility for a student production.
The writer may also want to direct the film, but given that we must offer opportunities for all of our members, this cannot happen in Term Films. If you would like to write and direct, Affiliate Bids would be a sensible option.
If you would rather have the creative control over the project, having a crew that will be able to accomplish and fulfill your vision of the project, then the Director Application is for you. Please submit a statement outlining any relevant experience and why you think you should be chosen as this Term’s Director, and once again a panel of committee members and the producer will invite a few applicants for a face-to-face discussion.
Please have a read through the treatment that will be sent to you beforehand and come to the panel discussion prepared to discuss your ideas for visualising the story.
The crew will be selected by the producer (and director) with the help of a crew survey, posted on our forum. A social will be organized where the filmmaking team can meet the crewmembers and start preparing for the production.
Have you got an idea or a script but need help producing it?
Send us a treatment or a script either to our email address or through a thread on the forum and we will try to help you out in any way possible. Your idea will be evaluated and we will allocate a budget for it. If you need crew members, we will use our forum and social media to spread the word and help your production happen.
There aren't any deadlines for Affiliate Bids. Send us your idea whenever it is ready!
Documentaries & Videography
The documentaries strand of FilmSoc allows members of all abilities to create non-fiction films, work on videography projects in collaboration with other societies, and enjoy access to a range of documentary-focused events and screenings across London.
Opportunities to work on documentary projects range from beginner roles on videography tasks, where specific crew positions can be practised, to intermediate roles on short, journalistic pieces, and the chance to have a more advanced role as the creative force behind one of our extended, termly documentaries.
Short documentaries/Projects will look for a slightly more committed and experienced crew to work on certain projects with UCL societies – look out for the chance to get your ideal role for a given project online.
Term Docs will begin with an application process to send in your creative idea and practical goals, before a project is selected and produced with support from FilmSoc. Look out for dates and deadlines on our forum and social media.
Videography opportunities will arise on a frequent case-by-case basis, so be sure to keep an eye on the forum for any available tasks.
Our annual Webseries consists of four episodes shot over the course of the year, linked by their story, theme or characters.
Since we want the Webseries to be a hugely collaborative process, giving as many people as possible the chance to take part, we would like to have a different writer / group of writers for each episode. Therefore, if your idea was to be chosen, you would be able to write the first episode yourself, and after that you would oversee the writing process of the rest of the series, collaborating with a different writer on each episode.
The Webseries is a great opportunity for people unfamiliar with the production process of films to learn about the different roles involved in filmmaking, especially if you want to participate in one of our Term Films!
A treatment in the simplest terms is a written pitch, as such it comes before a script is written and is often a statement of the concept, plot and characters.
Unlike many areas of screenwriting, there are very few established rules or formats to treatments. Here are a few things you might consider including:
1. Working title
This is the equivalent of a topic sentence; it is the condensation of the entire idea into one or two sentences, explaining the concept as succinctly as possible.
3. Explanation of the concept
The overarching concept of the story.
4. An introduction to the main characters
This does not mean that you have to explain the complete backgrounds of all the characters in the story, but a brief backstory of the main characters with key details and aspects to set the scene can be very helpful.
Briefly outline the plot. Try to write this in a few paragraphs, detailing every major plot turn with a new paragraph.