For those wanting to forge a career in the filmmaking industry it can be difficult…
Graduates: What’s Waiting for you after Film School
“People told me I couldn’t do it, as I didn’t have enough experience. But to me that was a challenge, and because making films is also a challenge, you need the will to just go for it.”
Nyima Cartier, BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking Graduate
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It’s no secret that a saturated job market within the creative industries, coupled with competition from a pool of graduates eager for work makes it hard to see what opportunities lie beyond University. Many graduates opt for internships or work experience but wait awhile before they secure a permanent position somewhere. At Met Film School we argue that you can begin your career before you have even graduated!
Nyima Cartier graduated Met Film School with a BA in Practical Filmmaking and her grad project ‘White Lie’ hit French cinemas in the Summer of 2014. Nyima wrote the script in her final year and was offered the support needed to make it the best it could be by Met staff and tutors. The film has already had international film festival success, winning the Young Writer and Director awards and acceptance into the Chennai International Film Festival.
Nyima believes that success comes from a combination of both personality and hard work: “Obviously, I worked very hard at film school,” she says. “But I was also working with screenwriting consultants, studying a lot in my own time and trying to meet the right people as well.”
Our film students are encouraged to forge their practical skills whilst on the course, whether it be writing their first feature script or entering their shorts into festivals through Met GO (our Graduate Opportunities team.) The aim is to put yourself out there within the filmmaking community, so that when you do graduate you can dive straight into a project and have a strong portfolio of work to prove your skills.
Having a degree in film isn’t essential, but there is no denying the fact that the scope of opportunities available will open up more career paths if you do choose to study a degree in practical filmmaking that is recognised in the industry.
Keep an open mind about the direction you take to get to your final goal. Having a path mapped out can be both beneficial and limiting at the same time. It can help to see a route, but you shouldn’t be closed minded about diverting from this path. Many students at Met have found this, and continue to surprise themselves by the roles that they secure in the industry later on!
Learn more about the 2-Year BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking Programme.