19 May 2011

Meet the Alumni – Guy Natanel

By Cassio | Categorised in Alumni Interviews

Our Meet the Alumni series is designed to give you an insight into what our recent graduates are up to and their experience at the Met Film School. 

This week we meet Guy Natanel who studied the Met Film School intensive two-year degree.
Why did you choose your course at the Met Film School?
When I decided to go back to school I also thought that a change of environment would be a positive element. Coming from the US, I started looking for programs in Europe.
The BA program at the Met Film School appealed to me due to its intensity (BA in two years), and due to its focus on practical skills. As a mature student, it was important for me to gain these skills quickly and start working again in this new field. I never finished a BA degree, so this was my ‘last chance’ to also get an official degree while learning a new profession.

How would you describe your time at the School?

The time at the Met Film School went very quickly! I didn’t mind the short breaks and appreciated the constant level of intensity and creative stimulation. I related very much to my instructors, all of which were extremely supportive and encouraging. Through each module in the course I managed to slowly focus and shape my own voice as a filmmaker. This was a very rewarding experience. Anyone can tell you how THEY make films, but it’s up to you to find your own style.

 

 

What was the highlight of the course?

Almost half way through the course, during the Documentary Module, I realised that this is where I belong. I had done documentary photography prior to the course at the Met Film School and had a natural affinity towards the documentary genre. However, during the fiction modules, I enjoyed the challenges of fiction storytelling, and the creative inspiration that is demanded from writing/directing a fiction script. However, when the documentary module started, I completely connected with documentary storytelling; the strangeness of reality, and the space for personal expression that the genre allows for. During the filming of my first documentary, for the first time I felt that my thinking, my creativity and my technical skills were all working in perfect synchronisation. This experience still resonates with me from project to project.

 

 

Do you have any links to your Met Film School projects (youtube link, url)?

Some of my exercises and clips are available on vimeo

 

 

What were the advantages of being taught by industry professionals?

Industry professionals obviously draw on their past and current experiences when they teach. It is also inspiring, as a student, to see that your instructor is an active and creative person. Beyond the classroom, staying in touch with instructors can help with feedback on later work, job opportunities and even advice when you just don’t know which camera to choose for your next project. Active professionals have active resources – I frequently draw on these resources even now after graduation.
 

What projects have you worked on since completing your course?

My first documentary “Scent of Strawberries” has now started to screen in film festivals in different parts of the world. I’m also going to start submitting my graduation film (a documentary) to film festivals this month.
After graduation, thanks to contacts at the Met Film School, I was immediately commissioned to direct a full-length documentary film for an established producer in the film industry. This has been keeping me very busy for the last 7 months. I am editing this project myself and it should be completed in June, 2011. I am hoping this film will open more doors for me in the documentary arena.

 

 

How can we get in touch with you? 

guygadol@hotmail.com

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