The Open University and Pinewood Studios launch free on-line course ‘The Business of Film’


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Pinewood Studios and The Open University Business School have launched a free on-line course that looks at the business side of film making. The launch of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) coincides with the opening of the 59th BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday 7 October 2015.

Entitled ‘The Business of Film’, the course provides a practical and in-depth exploration of the key business decisions in film production and the complexities of development, distribution and finance. As well as providing step-by-step guidance on the main processes, this course will also help students answer critical questions such as why films fail, why do films get public funding and what is the relationship between marketing, box office returns and overall film success?

As the leading provider of studio services to the global screen-based industries, Pinewood Studios is ideally placed to provide practical and business understanding for budding film makers, producers and financiers. The studios are where Star Wars: Episode VII – the Force Awakens and the 24th James Bond film Spectre were recently filmed. The studios also offer easy access to the world's most experienced crews as well as the expertise of hundreds of complementary media companies, including those based at Pinewood Studios Wales based just outside Cardiff.

Pinewood Studio’s Director, Andrew M. Smith, said:

“Our partnership with The Open University will help to stimulate the future of British film making by ensuring the UK has some of the most innovative and creative people working in film.

“Combining Pinewood's world class resources, expertise and experience with a University that has such a strong track record of exploiting developing new and emerging technologies will ensure that students who want to lead the UK's next generation of creative talent will be equipped to realise their potential, and that the UK continues to lead the world in making films of quality, innovation and imagination."

Professor Rebecca Taylor, Dean of The Open University Business School, said:

“Our partnership with Pinewood Studios is an exciting opportunity to combine the expertise of two international organisations that are world-leading in their respective fields. The course draws on the OU Business School’s well-established approach of applying academic theory to practical learning in the workplace, bringing this to life with film industry experts who provide context through real life scenarios.

“We hope that learners, whatever their background and experience, will be inspired to progress, continuing to develop the UK film industry into the future.”

‘The Business of Film' is available at: