NCL Film & TV collaborates with City of Glasgow students on “Extracts” Project

The Film and TV department is excited to be involved in the production of ‘Extracts’, a collaboration with Actor and Lecturer Brian Ferguson and his students at City of Glasgow College.

‘Extracts’ is a series of 10 short scenes, performed by City of Glasgow’s performance students and shot on location in and around Cumbernauld by NCL’s Film and Television students. 

‘The idea for this project initially came about as a way of giving the HND Acting and Performance students at CoGC some kind of Diploma Show at the end of their course.

Normally the Dip show would involve the students performing monologues and duologues in a theatre to a live audience. It seemed unwise to plan for such an event this spring. Filmed scenes made much more sense.  We initially planned to film on our phones and edit them ourselves.

The fantastic NCL film students put paid to that. Now, instead of filming ourselves on handheld iPhones we are collaborating across courses and colleges with the students developing skills, learning about other creative disciplines and creating relationships with their future industry peers.’

Brian Ferguson, Acting and Performance Lecturer, City of Glasgow College 

All HN students were keen to get back out filming as soon as safely possible and have been working as a rotational crew to to capture the performance talent of the acting students as well as bringing their own individual style on vision to each extract they choose to direct and edit. 

‘Extracts’ is a response to the unfortunate situation this year’s students have I’ve found themselves in and their desire to get out and make work together as soon as safely possible. I’ve been continually impressed by all the student’s professionalism and ability to creatively respond to the constraints they’ve had to work within. 

‘Extracts’ will exist as a body of work that will not only showcases all the students’ skills and talents but captures a moment in time where we all had to think outside the box about how to ‘create’ and ‘work’ together.

The form of ‘Extracts’ has been influenced by such films as Clio Barnard’s ‘The Arbor’ and National Theatre of Scotland’s ‘Scenes for Survival’ demonstrating the student’s resilience and their creative ability to turn lemons into lemonade’

– Kim Beveridge, Film & Television Lecturer, New College Lanarkshire

Both departments are planning a shared screening of the 10 ‘Extracts’ and will stream the series online in the next academic year.

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