Sound/Image Cinema Lab

Sound/Image Cinema Lab is a multifaceted partner, funder, resource and research centre dedicated to the production and education of independent cinema.

Falmouth University student film crew on beach location.

Project details

Project leadDr Neil Fox
Start date 2010
End date Ongoing
Programme alignmentPedagogy Futures

 

Based at Falmouth University's School of Film and Television, the Lab is, and has been, responsible for the production and co-production of a series of narrative and documentary, short and feature films since the start of the 2010s.

It supports national and regional feature film productions following a strategy of accessing greater professional opportunities for students and graduates, increasing visibility of regional film industry and culture in Cornwall and supporting the development and potential of British independent filmmaking.

Around the middle of the 2010s the strategy and direction of the Lab crystallised and partnership and production activity increased significantly. Alongside co-producing feature films, the Lab is a funder and executive producer of micro-budget feature films. The Lab provides the majority of production funding, production resources and festival/release support for filmmakers willing to engage with its Filmmaker In Residence scheme, whereby the opportunity to make a feature film is offered in return for working with a majority student crew. These feature film productions also form the core element of the development of teaching and learning strategies within the school as well as academic research into the teaching of cinema.

The Lab also co-produces and partners on short film productions that access greater professional opportunities for graduates in particular, increase visibility of regional film industry and culture in Cornwall and support the development and potential of British independent filmmaking talent. One of the main drivers of this facet of Lab activity is in providing graduates of the School of Film & Television with career enhancing opportunities that may quicken their career trajectory, whilst simultaneously providing current students the chance to learn from professionals and graduate professionals and be able to visualise their own trajectories with greater clarity.

Project team

Below you can see the project team that works on the Sound/Image Cinema Lab.

Dr Neil Fox

Associate Professor of Film Practice and Pedagogy

Since arriving at Falmouth University in April 2013 I have fallen in love with Cornwall and found a ...

Dr Neil Fox

Dr Laura Canning

Course Leader, BA(Hons) Film

Laura Canning is Course Leader BA(Hons) Film and currently teaches on core modules in...

Dr Laura Canning

Mark Jenkin

Distinguished Professor of Film Practice at Falmouth University

Distinguished Professor of Film Practice Mark Jenkin is a filmmaker based in West Cornwall. He ha...

Mark Jenkin

Rosa Mulraney

Senior Lecturer

A Senior Lecturer at Falmouth University specialising in post-production, visual effects and project...

Rosa Mulraney
Denzil Monk staff picture

Denzil Monk

Lecturer in Film

Denzil is a lecturer in Film specialising in producing at the School of Film & Television at Fal...

Denzil Monk
Beryl Richards Staff Profile

Beryl Richards

Lecturer TV Drama

Beryl directs film, TV drama and comedy. In TV, as lead director, she’s helped create many popular...

Beryl Richards

Dr Kingsley Marshall

Head of Film & Television

Dr Kingsley Marshall is Head of Film & Television at the CILECT accredited School of Film & ...

Dr Kingsley Marshall

Partners

For a range of feature narrative and documentary, and short films the Lab has partnered and collaborated with:

  • Baracoa Pictures
  • BBC Films
  • BFI
  • BFI Doc Society
  • Bosena
  • Creative England
  • Early Day Films
  • Elation Pictures
  • Film4
  • iFeatures
  • o-region
  • Quiddity Films
  • Screen Cornwall
  • Screenskills
  • Unstoppable
  • Western Light Pictures

Outcomes & outputs

A key cultural and economic result of all this activity for British cinema is that the production of films that would otherwise not get made, or would be made with significant limitations and compromises attached, has been possible and these productions have provided significant learning and career opportunities and experiences for Falmouth University students and staff.

Within the region, the Lab has emerged as central to the professional and cultural development of a continued and growing Cornish film economy and identity.

Feature films produced, co-produced and supported by the Lab include:

Impact & recognition

  • Film4 will co-finance writer/director Mark Jenkin's next film, Enys Men, which is due for release in 2021. Further development and production support will come from Sound/Image Cinema Lab. You can read more about the production here.
  • The Sound/Image Cinema Lab won the Innovative Pedagogy Award at the 2020 University Industry Innovation Network conference. 

 

Project media

The Lab has provided a number of opportunities for Falmouth University students and graduates to work on professional filmmaking sets.

On set of Bait
Brown Willy behind the scenes
Long Way Back trailer

Project news

A filmmaker crouches behind his camera amongst shrubbery
Final crop

Enys Men premieres in Cannes

20 May 2022

Enys Men, the latest feature film to be written and directed by Falmouth University’s Distinguishe...

Enys Men premieres in Cannes

Sound/Image Cinema Lab film makes its way to SXSW in new Folk Horror documentary

22 March 2022

The award-winning short film Backwoods, which was developed by Falmouth’s Sound/Image Cinema lab, ...

Sound/Image Cinema Lab film makes its way to SXSW in new Folk Horror documentary
A student poses in front a camera crew on set
Mab Hudel Beach Shot 4

Film and Television students & staff collaborate on short film Mab Hudel

21 January 2022

The Sound/Image Cinema Lab has added a new film to its portfolio. Students and staff have collaborat...

Film and Television students & staff collaborate on short film Mab Hudel
Film poster for 'The Tape'. A woman in a white dress with her back to us, a guitar at her feet.
The Tape Poster

Student crewed film another Cinema Lab success story

09 November 2021

Falmouth’s Sound/Image Cinema Lab gave students the chance to work in key production roles fo...

Student crewed film another Cinema Lab success story
Wilderness Coast2
Wilderness Coast2

Student-crewed film released for streaming

06 April 2021

Wilderness, written by Falmouth associate professor Neil Fox and crewed almost entirely by Falmouth ...

Student-crewed film released for streaming
Sicl
Sicl

Success for Falmouth’s Sound/Image Cinema Lab

22 December 2020

The Sound/Image Cinema Lab, the externally facing production and research hub at the School of Film ...

Success for Falmouth’s Sound/Image Cinema Lab
BAIT BAFTA win poster
BAIT BAFTA win

BAFTA Win for BAIT

03 February 2020

Congratulations to Film lecturer Mark Jenkin and producers Early Day Films, for winning a BAFTA in t...

BAFTA Win for BAIT
Close up of filming equipment, clapperboard with the word Songbird on it.
Songbird

Feature Film Nominated for Prestigious Award

07 June 2018

A film featuring an A-list actress, funded by Falmouth University and crewed by Film and Television ...

Feature Film Nominated for Prestigious Award