8 January 2015

How can a degree in Filmmaking get you into Hollywood?

By Cassio | Categorised in Alumni Interviews

Gauri Chadha graduated from Met Film School in 2010 after studying our 2-year BA (Hons) In Practical Filmmaking. She has since worked as an Assistant Director on Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol and set up her own production company, Chasing Frames Productions. She has picked up eight international awards for her own documentary film: ‘Gawah’ (Witness) which has screened around the world including at the Cannes Film Festival.

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We spoke to Gauri to find out if she had any tips for students considering a career in the film industry. She shared the following insights with us:

  • Find your filmmaking voice: 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. Students should 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, so take advantage of this and identify your voice or your signature.
  • Gain training in core filmmaking skills: Looking back on my career to date, I can definitely say that my degree helped me to gain the foundations needed to work as a professional filmmaker. For my graduate film I worked with a crew of 50-60 people which at first was a little intimidating, but I didn’t struggle because of the training I had received on the degree.
  • Network & get hands-on experience: If you are looking to 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.
  • Get outside your comfort zone: Most importantly, you do need to challenge yourself and get yourself out of your comfort zone. 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.

Learn more about our 2-Year BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking programme.

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