24 May 2012

From Story to Screen: From Student to Star

By Cassio | Categorised in Alumni Interviews
We caught up with a couple of our From Story to Screen in Eight Weeks graduates to find out what they’ve been up to since completing the course and how they found their experience at Met Film School. Here’s what they had to say…
Claire Gellard gained her first taste of filmmaking on our Two-Day Intensive Filmmaking course; keen to delve further into the industry she went on to study on our From Story to Screen in Eight Weeks course later the same year.
Why did you choose From Story to Screen in Eight-Weeks at the Met Film School?
I wanted an intense overview of the filmmaking world and the processes involved. I didn’t want to take another year or two out – I wanted to test the water and see if it was for me. The Met Film School provided me with an invaluable opportunity which has propelled me into the film and TV world.
How would you describe your time at the School?
Thoroughly enjoyable. My time at the school was incredibly intense and challenging. It was a huge learning curve, but due to the supportive, encouraging and inspirational tutors it always seemed achievable. I would highly recommend the course to anyone considering an introduction to the filmmaking world. You must be prepared to get the most out of the experience, the staff and tutors are there to guide and push you, but you will only benefit if you apply yourself, interact and encourage your fellow students. Be ready to learn.
What was the highlight of the course?
The highlight for me was the filming days of my final short film. Putting into practice all of the elements we had learnt in the weeks before and communicating those skills with my crew and cast. I also loved the scriptwriting workshops we did with Rachel Wood.
What were the advantages of being taught by industry professionals?
All of the tutors had a wealth of experience in the industry and knew how to communicate their passions to us, they wanted us to do our best and find our voice. They were approachable, encouraging and all had a good sense of humour.
What projects have you worked on since completing your course?
I have worked as a Shooting Assistant Producer for a six part series for Sky Arts for Oxford Film & TV. I also directed, shot and edited a promotional video for a school for children with learning disabilities.
How can we get in touch with you? 
Tel: 07725 859 618
Email: clairegellard6@gmail.com
Arthur Arnesen has a background in professional photography, but wanted to explore the world of film with an intensive practical course so came to London in late 2011 to study on our From Story to Screen in Eight Weeks course. He is currently working in both photography and film.
Why did you choose From Story to Screen in Eight-Weeks at the Met Film School?
I had time restrictions due to running my company in Norway so I looked for a school that offered intensive short film courses. Met Film School fitted the bill and were able to offer me a programme of study that worked for me.
How would you describe your time at the School?
It was extremely intensive. There was a lot to learn, which was made more difficult because I’d been out of education for four years. I loved the small classes with students from all over the world. I formed a really tight bond with the other students which was great as I was studying away from home, I’m still in touch with a lot of them now.
What was the highlight of the course?
The shooting days were fantastic. I have never made so many decisions in one day. I’ve heard that a four year old asks around 300 questions a day, this was like having five four year old kids running around! I was the director, so it was my project, I felt reborn and the beer never tasted as good after a long day shooting!
Do you have any links to your Met Film School projects (youtube link, url)?
The Chinese version of my film is currently touring China:
What were the advantages of being taught by industry professionals?
The good thing about working with industry professionals is that they are very current, and know exactly what’s going on in the industry. A knowledge which they can share with the students.
What projects have you worked on since completing your course? 
When I got back to Norway I had a lot of attention from the media for winning the Student Film Festival competition and I also received lots of job offers within the industry.
I’ve worked on some cool commercials, and musical demos.
Video demo for a great singer: http://vimeo.com/33341758
Dance video for a local crew: http://vimeo.com/37755876
Commercials for a local theater and local organisation for the Homeless Street Soccer Championship:
I am in the process of working on another dance video and music video. I also have two short movies as work in progress. My long term goal is to make a feature film within 2 years.
How can we get in touch with you?
www.about.me/arthurarnesen
+47 95222812 arthurarnesen@gmail.com
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