UK-based film studio Pinewood is working towards launching a new school that teaches students about the creation and production of video games, according to Develop. The company whose facilities have been used for countless James Bond films, The Dark Knight movies, and for the Academy Award nominated Les Misérables, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Amersham & Wycombe College to explore the creation of a "center of excellence," which will develop and deliver education and qualifications related to video games, animation, and film.
The new school would be part of the proposed expansion of Pinewood Studios – the Pinewood Development Framework. The new school would put a strong emphasis on many of the things outlined in the Next Gen report co-authored by game industry luminary Ian Livingstone and Alex Hope including game development and visual effects. Other areas to be explored include studio management, sound engineering and production.
"We are thrilled to be announcing these plans today to develop a centre of excellence for the screen based industries here at Pinewood," said Pinewood Studios director of strategy and communication Andrew Smith. "We hope it will help to provide the next generation of talent with the skills they need to turn their ideas into commercial success. By basing the centre at Pinewood it will allow students to work with and learn from industry colleagues who are at the top of their game, working on award winning and international productions on a daily basis."