5 September 2012
Four-Week Directing Dissected
We chatted to Angela McAulay who studied on our Four-Week Directing course to find out about her experience at Met Film School. Here’s what she said…
I have just completed the Four-Week Directing course at Met Film School. What a great experience. Throughout the four weeks I learned how to operate cinematic cameras, deal with actors, interpret a script and how to communicate my ideas with others. Moreover, I also met some interesting people from all across the world. I come from Glasgow and thought I was travelling pretty far for the course. However, my classmates were from Peru, America, Beijing and Germany. Obviously not the case! I found this interesting as I managed to meet people from all different cultures and backgrounds.
Met Film School is located in Ealing Studios close to Central London. Being located in the studios means that it is a hub of activity and always some sort of filming going on. During my course they were filming the new series of Downton Abbey, and one day I even bumped into Professor Green on the way to college. Throughout the four weeks, I had various tutors that had all previously worked in the film industry. They were all very helpful and gave good constructive feedback.
Working as a team to produce our films meant we each got to sample different roles such as sound control, camera operator and acting. This was good as we all managed to learn how everything on a film set works. For our final films we had professional actors, camera operator and sound. This was great as it meant our short films reached their full potential. Also, we learned how to use final cut, which is an editing programme. This was beneficial as it allowed us to alter our films and add in special effects.
Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and have gained a deeper knowledge about the film industry and how to become an effective director. Moreover, I have also met some amazing people and explored a wonderful city.