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Be The Fox Produces Emotive Film Series for University of Brighton on behalf of AHRC Techne

Be The Fox produces a film series for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Techne (a consortium of 9 universities from London and the South East) led by the University of Brighton, to help prospective students understand what life is really like as an arts and humanities PhD student.

A series of fifteen short films were delivered offering valuable insights from interviews with research students and academics. The films explore the many decisions that need to be made on the journey towards applying for and undertaking a PhD doctoral degree ranging from choosing a research focus through to supervision and funding. 

Breaking away from the traditional academic talking head format, the films were fuelled with emotive B-Roll to enhance the stylised interview setups. Each video was crafted to feel like a high-end, short form piece with its own unique identity and style. Casting played an important role in the films, with Be The Fox working closely alongside the University of Brighton to identify a diverse set of students who were studying interesting PhD subjects and could talk engagingly about their PhD experience. 

Dr Michael Wilson, Academic Communications Manager, University of Brighton said:

I'm so pleased with the set of films that Be The Fox have created for Techne DTP on behalf of the Arts and Humanities Research Council about life as a PhD student in the arts and humanities. As well as being high quality, well-crafted films, the series feels unique, moving away from the generic marketing approach you often see with university films. The team were also great to work with, bringing their own expertise to bear on the films whilst listening carefully to our ideas and what we wanted to achieve. They built a strong rapport with the students and academics and this helped to get the participants talking naturally on camera, with relevance to the project. They communicated very well with me throughout the project and I always felt it was in expert hands.

Laura Richards, Producer, Be The Fox said:

We were incredibly aware of the need to strike a balance between academia and visually intriguing short form content with a strong narrative We are hugely proud of the finished films, and enjoyed the highly collaborative process working closely with the University of Brighton.

Check out the films on Be The Fox's website.