Met Film School
23 March 2014

What are the next steps for film graduates?

By Cassio | Categorised in News

It can be a tough career choice to work in the film industry, and many film students come out into of university unable to work out how to carve their place in the movies.  Are you more of a director or producer?  Are you looking to start up your own production company or begin as a freelance runner on set?

BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking graduate Raluca Ionescu has recently been appointed Producer’s Assistant at Met Film Production, an Independent production company responsible for award-winning documentaries and drama. She tells us how her experience studying film helped her on her way to bagging her first industry-placement, and what her new roles entails.

 

  1. Why did you choose to study at Met Film School? The fact that it was a highly practical course was the deciding factor. The very first day they give you a camera and tell you to go and shoot some scenes! It was an exhilarating and brilliant start to my two years here.
  2. How did your course help you to prepare for the industry? The best thing about studying at Met is that you get to meet people from so many walks of life!  It was also a learning curve for me as a filmmaker.  When I started at Met I really wanted to direct, but the course opened my eyes to other areas like producing, which is great because now I get to work in development.
  3. What kind of things do you get to do in your new role as ‘Producer’s Assistant’? On the fiction side of Met Film Production, my work is very varied.  I help the team on the films currently in development.  My day can include anything from reading scripts and producing script reports, organising travel and expenses for the team and liaising with the agents for our cast- this has been a lot of fun.  The office is a great atmosphere to work in- there is so much going on, with various projects in development for both Fiction and Documentary.  The phone is constantly ringing, but that’s what I love about the industry!
  4. Where do you see yourself in the future? I will be working with MFP until the Jim Loach film is finished, so hopefully will get to experience the post-production of the movie.  I’m hoping to go back to working on-set after, to get as varied experience as possible.
 For more information on our BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking programme, see our course page on the website.
 
About Met Film Production
Raluca’s new role comes at an exciting time for Met Film Production, as their Australian feature has just gone into production. Jim Loach (Oranges and Sunshine) has returned to shoot the project in Australia, which is set within a multigenerational Spanish family and tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who realises he must escape his passionate yet dysfunctional family to effect change.  
Loach said this month “As soon as I read the script, I knew this was a film I wanted to make. It’s just a great story, and with a brilliant cinematic quality built in. Developing it has been a joy and lots of fun, and I’m looking forward to shooting.”  The high profile lead cast includes Paz Vega, Carmen Maura, Antonio de la Torre, Quim Gutierrez, Australian favourite Jessica Marais and iconic American actor Edward James Olmos. 
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