Gauri Chadha
6 January 2014

How can a BA in Filmmaking help you get into Hollywood?

By Cassio | Categorised in Alumni Interviews
  • Gauri graduated from Met Film School in 2010. She has since worked as an Assistant Director on Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol and set up her own production company, Chasing Frames Productions.
  • Gauri started developing her first independent film, whilst studying her BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking degree at Met Film School. The film was inspired by the 1947 Indian Partition and terrorist attacks in 2008. After setting up her production company she further explored her subject matter in the wake of the Mumbai bombings in 2011, which sent further shockwaves throughout India.
  • Gauri Chadha has since picked up eight international awards for her resulting documentary film: ‘Gawah’ (Witness). The film has been screened globally, including at the Short Film corner of Cannes Film Festival 2013. Her documentary focused on covering these key Indian events from a human witness standpoint.
 
Gauri Chadha filming on location in India
We spoke to Gauri to find out if she had any tips for students considering a career in the film industry.
  • Gauri said “On my first day at Met Film School, Jonny Persey, the head of the school, gave a talk in which he said that by the end of your degree you will have identified your voice as a filmmaker. I didn’t realise at the time quite how important that was.
  • Looking back on her career to date she says that her degree helped her gain the foundations she needed to work as a professional filmmaker. For her graduate film, Gauri said she worked with a crew of 50-60 people. She commeted that at first this was a little intimidating, but she didn’t struggle because the training she had received on her degree.
  • She advises students to use their time at university to find their voice as a filmmaker. You will get so many opportunities to explore working with different genres, mediums, teams and subject matter she says, so take advantage of this and identify your voice or your signature.
  • She said if you are looking to get break into film industry, its vital to get as much insight as you can about what it’s actually like working within it. Whilst studying try to network with people across the industry and get help from your tutors. Try and get involved in any real-world projects you can, so you can build your knowledge, contacts and experience.
  • Most importantly, she says you do need to challenge yourself and get  yourself out of your comfort zone. She comments that working in film is not a stable career path and you’ll need to fight for every opportunity you can and make your own luck.
  • Overall Guari says that her degree helped her to understand herself and what she wanted to achieve as a filmmaker. Knowing who you are, she says and what your voice is, gives you the confidence to make it in what can be an intimidating, but ultimately exciting and rewarding, industry.
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