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Free online course looks at the business of film-making

The Open University Business School and Pinewood Studios have launched a free online course considering the business side of film-making.

Available on the online social learning platform FutureLearn as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), ‘The Business of Film’ course coincides with the opening of the 59th British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival.

It explores the key business decisions in film production and the complexities of development, distribution and finance. Students will consider topics such as why films fail, and what the relationship is between box office returns, marketing and the overall success of a film.

Professor Rebecca Taylor, Dean of the OU 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. 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 MOOC runs for six weeks from 5th October with three hours of study each week. Further course dates are to be announced.

About Author

Christine works in the Media Relations team within the Communications Unit at The Open University. She is an experienced BBC journalist, sub-editor and news editor and has a background in regional newspapers. After moving to PR she worked as a press officer for the Zoological Society of London. She has a BSc in Social Sciences with Politics from The Open University and focuses on stories from the Faculty of Social Science and widening access in HE. Chris swims regularly and has a pet Tortoise called Lightning.

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