Students on a shoot
18 February 2014

So what’s it like to study film-making?

By Cassio | Categorised in News
By Sofia Bengtsson
  • Ever wanted to know what it’s like to study Filmmaking? I know I did. My name is Sofia and I’m 18 and thinking of what to do next, so I decided to spend my half term break interning at Met Film School. Whilst there I thought I’d take a peak into one of their Six-Month Practical Filmmaking classes and find out a bit more about what their students actually do!
  • Yesterday students were busy working on ‘Multi-Camera” module of the course. This is where they learn more about working with numerous cameras in a fast paced environment, similar to what you would experience on a TV production.
  • Chris Bould; Head of Television at Met Film School was busy working with the students when I sneaked in to see what they were up to. He said “Hi” to me very quickly before getting back to the students. The first thing I saw in the room known as “the gallery” was a big screen. All the students were shouting “stop”, “back to first positions” and “freeze” and all looked incredibly focused. The actors rehearsed for what seemed like hundred times, before they went for a shoot. It was impressive to see the hard work that was going on.
Multicamera shoot at Met Film School
  • The students are not allowed to sit, eat or drink in the gallery or at the floor. I was told that this was the rule as that’s how it is in real life. Some of the students said that often they are really tired after they finish practical exercises like Multi-Camera school but Chris said, that gives students a better sense of what working in filmmaking will be like.
  • I spoke to one of the teaching assistants in the class, Madita Schloeglmann to find out more about the course. It turned out that she had recently finished studying at Met Film School herself. She felt she grew personally as well as professionally by studying filmmaking. She took a weekend course in filmmaking to find out if it was something for her and she fell in love with filmmaking moving from Austria to London to pursue her studies.
  • I also managed to speak to Six-Month Practical Filmmaking student Lori-Leigh Mills about how she was finding the course and she told me that she has learnt more during these months than her three years at University! Her dream is to become a floor manager or an assistant director and she chose the course as she felt she needed more experience and she feels her dream seems more realistic now she’s gained hands-on experience from the course Lori said, “I think the course is brilliant. It is so intense and you are not wasting any time here, and you have a laugh”
  • I also chitchatted a bit with other students and they all agreed that you get out of your comfort zone on the course, in a good way. You get to try out different professional roles in filmmaking and learn about the different filmmaking areas.
  • I was personally very surprised to see how much work can go into making a one-minute short film! Seeing the Multi-camera class in action I could see that filmmaking was definitely about teamwork. Twenty people that have to work together effectively to make a film come together. One thing that is for sure is that no wastes there time here. Here learning is all about Action!
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