23 February 2011

Meet the Tutors – Justin Trefgarne

By Cassio | Categorised in Industry Interviews

Our Meet the Tutor series is designed to give you an insight into our tutors and their experience at the Met Film School. 

This week we meet Justin Trefgarne who teaches screenwriting and directing at Met Film School.
What/Which courses do you teach at the Met Film School?
I teach screenwriting and directing and the short film production module on the Two-Year B.A. Programme.




What is one thing about your field of expertise or filmmaking in general that excites you? 

Film making is my life’s work. Everything about it excites me. But there’s nothing quite like a film set – shooting for me is the be all and end all of my working life.




Do you have any links to your past/current projects (youtube link, url)?

You can download one of my shorts on iTunes (UNBORN) but I am very close to launching a new website, www.junkfilm.com. At the moment it’s just a holding page, but I’ll confirm when it’s up and running…



How would you describe your time teaching at the School?  What do you think is the most challenging element of the course you teach?  

Teaching is a great privilege and I think I get just as much out of it as the students. I find the fresh influx of people and influence into my life very invigorating and the school is an incredibly benign place to be. The core staff are a great bunch and I really look forward to my days here.

The biggest challenges of teaching are I think keeping it fresh and getting the students to be as curious and rigorous as possible in developing their story-telling skills. A lot of students are very technically-minded, which is great, but it should never take precedence over the fundamental principles of story, narrative etc.




What are the key attributes you look for in a student?

Curiosity, imagination and perseverance.




Any useful tips for aspiring filmmaker?

Stay true to your original idea, never give up and be honest with yourself about how much time you waste. And watch more films made before Pulp Fiction.

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