The University of Derby is to offer filmmakers the chance to receive training and support on Red One digital camera equipment at a discounted rate.

The University's Creative Exchange centre has purchased a £40,000 Red One camera and Steve Watson, independent director and University lecturer, has just attended an intensive training programme in Los Angeles headquarters.

Creative Exchange, at the University's Markeaton Street site, will run a series of three-day training courses covering set up, operation, data management and footage editing with Final Cut Pro.

Watson said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to spend time with the boffins who actually built the Red camera. They know the technology inside out and it was very useful to ask them what I should be teaching people in the industry back here. What I learnt will really help me to offer top notch training in this new technology.”

The courses are available for £300, a third of the normal cost, to those meeting eligibility criteria.

Subsidies are available thanks to the Skillset Film Skills Fund which was set up by the UK Film Council and Skillset.

The 2009 courses will be run on May 11-13, June 15-17, August 24-26, September 7-9, October 19-21, November 16-18; and in 2010 on January 11-13.

Projects completed on the Red One camera range from Wallander to the upcoming movie Angels and Demons.

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