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Five feature films for University of York studio

Innovative partnership between Heslington Studios - the commercial arm of the University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television – and Green Screen Productions will see at least five feature films carried out.

Heslington Studios – the commercial arm of the University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television – has partnered with Green Screen Productions for its first feature film, The Knife That Killed Me. The film is at the late pre-production stage and will be distributed by Universal Pictures in the UK at the end of the year. The new partnership involves Heslington Studios providing post-production facilities, as well as recent York graduates working alongside well-established industry professionals at Green Screen Productions. These include Oscar-winning producer Stephen Evans (Henry V, The Madness of King George). The partnership grew out of an earlier collaboration between the University and some of Green Screen’s principals – Kit Monkman, Alan Latham and Tom Mattinson – on the 2006 film The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey: York Music Technology and Media Technology students carried out a significant portion of the visual effects work. The University’s head of film and television production, John Mateer, is the driving force behind the new business model and the visual effects producer for The Knife That Killed Me. “Although general industry collaborations in other disciplines are not uncommon at universities, they are rare in film and television. The Knife That Killed Me is particularly unusual in that it has the backing of a major studio.” In addition to The Knife That Killed Me, post-production work will be carried out on a further four films at the University’s new £30 million facilities over the coming year. In return, Heslington Studios receives a minimum fee for each project based on a Capital Investment Allocation. Green Screen Productions (, specialists in computer generated imagery (CGI), is employing recent York graduates to work on the films under a Knowledge Transfer Partnership agreement. Since September, six graduates have been working on The Knife That Killed Me and more will be taken on later in the year.
John Mateer said: “Initially, it will be postgraduate students and recent graduates who will be the main beneficiaries. They will gain real-world experience working alongside highly creative established professionals, as well as a production credit. There is also the potential for undergraduates to gain work experience through the partnership during University vacations.”