6 May 2014

A postgraduate film qualification is vital in a competitive industry

By Cassio | Categorised in News
At Met Film School, MA students are given hands-on practical filmmaking training by industry-professional tutors in order to prepare them for working within the film, media and creative sectors.
Last year, we launched a series of specialist Masters in directing, postproduction, cinematography, screenwriting and business and producing.  In addition to focusing on a core specialism, students work on an integrated project, where students from different specialisms come together as a team as they would in the workplace to produce work for an external client. This gives the students an understanding of how the industry works. Met Film Graduate, Beatriz Sastre, agrees,” The “networking” concept has always scared me, but sharing your work and passion of what you do while you’re studying can be really useful. My first job after graduating was with the camera department on a Danny Boyle shoot; all thanks to another student who trusted me professionally.”
Proving that you have the skills relevant to your desired career choice will benefit you as a film student. With the already competitive industry being saturated with film graduates looking for employment, it is imperative that you have proven technical skills in filmmaking.  Met Film School works on developing a tailored “visual CV” on completion of the course, complete with professional projects for clients within the industry.
Josh Bregman, Met Graduate and Director of “Scattered”
Carving your own place in the industry is also vital.  Developing your own voice as a filmmaker will help you to distinguish yourself from the crowd, and success in the film festival circuit speaks volumes for your career in film.  Met Film School graduate Joshua Bregman is the visionary director and writer behind the intelligent, thought provoking, and darkly illuminating short film entitled “Scattered.”  Released in the fall of 2012, the film was exhibited at the 2013 Sci-Fi London Film Festival, and at other film festivals around the world.  His experience started when he arrived at Met, “I know more about the kind of films I want to make now, and I know a lot more about the industry than I did.”  Originally from the US, Josh threw himself into the world of British filmmaking, “When I moved to London, I had a chance to work on fiction projects and really loved it.  After graduation, I production managed a few fiction films before moving to LA.”
Josh provides the following advice to fellow filmmakers: “Start and finish. Starting and finishing are the hardest part. Talk less about the films you’re going to make someday and go make them. Once you’ve started, follow through and finish. Even if you don’t get the film you wanted, you’ll learn more and you’ll have something to show for your efforts at the end of the day. This will make the next one better.”
To find out more about our MA programmes, visit the course page.  To register for our MA open evening on 4th June, email thomas@metfilm.co.uk
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