Aspiring filmmaker alert: Lumix and Vice UK team up to launch Vice Film School

The perfect chance to learn how to make documentary film –
and to win a £15,000 budget

Panasonic and media channel Vice UK have launched a new initiative to equip the next generation of factual film makers with all they need to know to get started in the business. Vice Film School is a collaboration between Lumix and Vice UK that aims to provide support and inspiration to emerging documentary makers through an online resource that gives filmmakers access to articles and videos that share the experience and knowledge of the Vice team.

Vice Film School

Advice will include the best way to set up your kit for filmmaking, and the sort of accessories that will make your life easier

The service will offer an insight to how video documentaries are made via interviews and behind-the-scenes footage and discussion, with subjects ranging from technical considerations to creative inspiration and issues such as dealing with difficult situations.

Vice Film School

Behind the scenes footage will show things like setting up and balancing lights for a range of different situations

The Vice Film School will be supported by Panasonic, and a ‘Kit Room’ section of the site will show users how to set up a Lumix DC-GH5 for various shooting scenarios. Via the WonderVisions initiative the film school will select one aspiring filmmaker to create a short with the support and mentorship of experts from Vice, as well as a budget of £15,000 to help make the script become a reality. Four runner-up entrants will win a full Lumix GH5 kit with lenses and everything needed to get a film on the road, as well as a one-day course on filmmaking with Vice.

Visit the Vice Film School for more information, and to find out how to apply for the WonderVisions Workshop.

Press release

VICE UK AND PANASONIC LUMIX LAUNCH EMERGING FILMMAKER INITIATIVE ‘VICE FILM SCHOOL’

Partnership sees launch of a dedicated multimedia platform, offering educational advice for young filmmakers navigating the creative process in a digital age

‘VICE Film School’ opens UK-wide talent programme to champion aspiring factual filmmakers, awarding a grant of up to £15,000 to one creator to produce their debut film under VICE mentorship

See VICE Film School’ on filmschool.vice.com

13th March 2018: London, UK – VICE UK, the youth media brand, and Panasonic Lumix, a global leader in consumer electronics, have partnered to launch ‘VICE Film School’, a UK-wide multimedia platform and talent programme dedicated to championing emerging documentary filmmakers. The new initiative seeks to discover original, exciting voices, and provide a launch pad for the next generation of world-class creators in need of industry support.

VICE and Panasonic – in a collaboration overseen by Vizeum and The StoryLab – today launch filmschool.vice.com, a new stand-alone platform and the digital hub from which ‘VICE Film School’ will provide ongoing advice, behind-the-scenes insight and how-to tips and tricks for every stage of the filmmaking process – all geared towards guiding and nurturing future documentary filmmakers.

How do you shoot a documentary in the midst of a chaotic street riot? How do you deliver a composed piece-to-camera while isolated on a snowy mountainside? Drawing from unique first hand experiences, original video strands and editorial content, ‘VICE Film School’ will go behind the scenes and get under the bonnet of some of VICE UK’s most successful films, alongside sharing practical advice and first-hand perspectives from entry-level researchers to executive producers. The site will additionally include access to the Panasonic Lumix ‘Kit Room’, a dedicated space designed to teach the nuts and bolts of shooting a documentary using a LUMIX GH5 camera and portfolio of lenses.

Supporting the platform’s launch, VICE and Panasonic’s Lumix will be inviting the UK public to apply for ‘VICE Film School’s’ talent programme, ‘WonderVisions Workshop’: a new scheme calling for short film pitch submissions from aspiring factual filmmakers. A panel of ‘VICE Film School’ judges, including VICE editorial staff, will then award one budding filmmaker the opportunity to create their first film, with the support and mentorship of established filmmakers, producers and editors and a production budget of up to £15,000.

‘VICE Film School’ will also award four commended entrants a full Lumix G camera package, including everything they need to start shooting their own films. Alongside the kit, these
aspiring filmmakers will be invited to a one-day workshop at VICE covering how to use the equipment and a rundown of how to get their ideas off the ground.

Adam Bracegirdle, Creative Director for VICE UK and Director of WonderVisions adds: “VICE is one of the last bastions of authentic storytelling in the digital medium, and in the eyes of young people, we’re leading the evolution of the documentary format. That’s why we’re thrilled to be partnering with Panasonic Lumix, makers of the next generation of camera technology, to educate and recruit the UK’s next bright talents in factual film. Working with a collection of VICE’s best filmmakers and talent, VICE Film School reinforces our dedication to vital storytelling and supporting the creators who will push boundaries and break new ground in documentary filmmaking.”

Gaele Lalahy, Head of Brand Communications, Panasonic UK said; “As part of Panasonic Lumix’ ambition to tackle the prosumer end of the market, we are proud to be partnering with VICE to launch their first online film school. By using VICE as the creative and media platform, our aim is to propel the Lumix brand to the centre of our core audience as the most credible kit choice for pro documentary production use.”

VICE and Panasonic Lumix have established themselves as leaders in their respective fields. Over the past decade, VICE UK has been a unique voice in factual filmmaking, exploring the nuances of British subcultures through its flagship documentary strand, Rule Britannia as well as investigations into powerful UK issues ranging from the rise in acid attacks to London’s chemsex epidemic. Likewise, Panasonic encourages their consumers to push the boundaries of what can be achieved through their innovative camera equipment, as recently demonstrated in their ‘Go Higher’ campaign which included following Yasunaga Ogita – a polar explorer who uses the Lumix GH5 to record his solo, unaided treks to the North Pole. The new initiative furthers the two brands ongoing commitment to bringing new talented voices to the forefront.

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About VICE Media
VICE is the world’s preeminent youth media company and content creation studio. Launched in 1994, VICE now operates in over 30 countries and distributes its programming to viewers across digital, linear, mobile, film and socials. VICE includes an international network of digital channels; a weekly and daily news programming partnership with HBO; a television and feature film production studio; a magazine; a record label; an in-house creative services agency; and an international TV network, VICELAND.

VICE’s award-winning programming has been recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Peabody Awards, Sundance Film Festival, PEN Center, Cannes Lions,  Frontline Club, Knight Foundation, American Society of Magazine Editors, LA Press Club, James Beard awards, and Webby Awards, among others.

About Panasonic
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the company has expanded globally and now operates 495 subsidiaries and 91 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.343 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2017. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more about Panasonic: http://www.panasonic.com/global.

About WonderVisions
WonderVisions: The Alec Bracegirdle Memorial Film Fund was founded after Alec, a young filmmaker, died tragically on a shoot in August 2016. The initiative was subsequently founded by his family, VICE employees, and friends to provide education and meaningful support to aspiring filmmakers worldwide.
https://www.wondervisions.film/