South Manchester MP and Liberal Democrat Shadow Culture Secretary John Leech has opened a revamped studio for students who want to break into the film and TV industry.
The College’s Fielden campus in West Didsbury have spent £160,000 on improvements to its TV and film studio.
The studio contains editing suites, a make-up room, post-production rooms and a 3,000 square foot sound stage with two lighting grids, a corner infinity cove, a green screen and the latest HD cameras.
It is one of only a handful of studios of this kind for higher education students north of London.
Graduates who have gone on to develop successful careers in production include Dean Short (World War Z; Avengers: Age of Ultron), Callum Harrison (Skyfall; Captain America: The First Avenger; Kick-Ass 2) and Amy McIntyre (We Still Kill the Old Way; Tomorrow).
Students from The Manchester College have also won four prestigious Royal Television Society North West Student Awards in the last three years.
John Leech said
“It is extremely important to showcase the talent up here in the North and I am very excited to see the work that The Manchester College is producing. I am already aware of the bright futures that the College has helped create with some students going on to work alongside some of the biggest names and productions in the industry. I’m eager to see how I can boost this even further.”
Jim Grainger, course leader for Film and TV at The Manchester College, said:
“This is a fantastic facility which will further develop our ability to meet the needs of students and the film and TV industry. Specialised film stages like this are extremely rare so the College has made an important investment in this area.”