Academy-Award winner to launch new MA in Film Studies

Friday, 06 March 2009


Special effects expert, Ben Morris, gives guest lecture about his award-winning work on The Golden Compass.

Academy-award winner and Special Effects Supervisor, Ben Morris, will be returning to his home town of Oxford this month to give a guest lecture about his work on The Golden Compass.

The event on Wednesday 11 March at Freud's, Jericho marks the launch of Oxford Brookes new MA in Film Studies: Popular Cinema.

Thirty-eight-year-old Morris, who went to Bartholomew School, Eynsham, was among the team at Framestore CFC to pick up an Emmy, BAFTA and an Oscar for Best Visual Effects for The Golden Compass in 2008.

Morris worked on the digital effects used in the film, including the giant polar bear Lorek - voiced by Sir Ian McKellen, his evil arch-enemy Ragnar and the icy environment in which they all live.

Among his other film credits are Gladiator, The Dark Knight, Prince Caspian, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Lara Croft:Tomb Raider.

Oxford Brookes Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, Dr Daniela Treveri-Gennari, said: 'We are delighted that Ben is coming to share his insight into the very fast-moving world of special effects. It is the first of a number of high profile guest lectures with experts from the film industry that will complement both our undergraduate programme and our new MA.'

The new MA in Film Studies: Popular Cinema will cover the history and theory of popular cinema in the US (classical and contemporary Hollywood), Europe and East Asia.

Students can learn how to work with scripts in formats relevant to the industry today, gain invaluable work experience, engage with cinema management (film festivals, arts management, marketing, and publicity) and develop research methods and dissertation writing skills.

It will draw on the knowledge of the Film Department's Industrial Advisory Panel including: Nick Goldsmith, Producer of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) and Son of Rambow (2007); Paul Webster, Producer of East is East (1999) and Atonement (2007); Paul Stewart, Wildlife Cinematographer and winner of an Emmy for Blue Planet (2001), as well as new Creative Fellow Simon West (director Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Con Air).

The MA can be taken full time as well as part-time, with opportunities for work placement including The British Film Institute, Sight and Sound, Optimum Realising, Pinewood Studios, Oxford Film and Video Makers, International Black Media Festival and OXDOX Documentary Film Festival.

More information on the MA in Film Studies:Popular Cinema

The lecture takes place at Freud's, Walton Street on Wednesday 11 March at 6:00pm and is open to the public.
Booking is essential. To reserve a seat email lucy.morris@brookes.ac.uk or call 01865 483575.