Eli Dolliver, Puttnam Scholar
My name is Eli Dolliver, and I am a recent graduate of the Film & Screen Media BA here in UCC. Recently I have been lucky enough to participate in David Puttnam’s scholarship programme, which consisted of a series of lectures conducted by the award winning producer via conference call, as well as a face-to-face meeting in Cork city. David Puttnam has broadened my understanding not only of film, but of art and of the creative practice as a whole. He has educated the puttnam scholars on the real conditions of the filmmaking industry, encompassing areas of film practice completely untouched by any conventional university degree. Together, we wrestled with difficult topics including emerging international film markets, and the implications of rapidly developing technology such as artificial intelligence in the media.
The second phase of the scholarship is now underway – we are being supported by the programme in producing a short film addressing the important social issue of religious values in Ireland. The scholarship programme has been a wonderful opportunity to meet and work with likeminded young creatives – writers, musicians, filmmakers - that I never would have encountered otherwise. Collaborating with the other scholars has been as valuable to me as any other part of this programme.
David informed and educated us, but most importantly perhaps, he has renewed my faith in the value and importance of storytelling and filmmaking, and reminded me of the massive social influence movies can exert. I am very excited to see where the second half of this programme will take us.