26 August 2015

How to Build a Career – Meet BA Graduate & Producer’s Assistant Raluca Ionescu

By Danny Kelly | Categorised in Alumni Interviews, Student Stories, Industry Interviews, Clearing

On September 9th the latest feature from Met Film Production – How to Change the World – will receive its London premiere at Picturehouse Central. Many of our in-house team will be in attendance to see their hard work unveiled to a sold out audience, including BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking alumni Raluca Ionescu. When asked to describe how she feels about the grand event, she simply says she “can’t wait to share it with the world“.

Raluca’s progression from enthusiastic graduate to experienced industry professional exemplifies the opportunities available to our most talented and dedicated students. Met Film School regularly awards one of its graduates an internship with Met Film Production, a much-coveted role that acts as a valuable stepping-stone towards further career aspirations. Raluca began working on the internship for three months and was then offered the chance to stay a further year as a Producer’s Assistant. Speaking about the experience, she underlines the buzz of becoming immersed in a busy office, working with a team that granted her an “invaluable source of information”. She particularly highlights picking up industry language, being privy to Producers’ meetings and learning approaches to problem solving as being particuarly useful.

My experience at Met Film Production gave me the tools and the confidence to go out there and look for another job, as well as a clear understanding of what a production company does on a daily basis.”

While working with Met Film Production, Raluca acquired credits on Chasing Satellites, The Secret Life of Materials and documentary feature How to Change the World. On the latter, an important part of Raluca’s role as Producer’s Assistant was to build a database of the film’s archive footage, an experience she describes as a “huge and challenging task”, particularly considering that 70% of the Greenpeace film’s runtime is sourced from 1500 silver cans of 16mm film, mostly unopened since the 1970s.

Raluca discusses her work on How to Change the World in this video, which she helped to produce. 

Beyond her producing work for Met Film Production, Raluca has been savvy in building her own portfolio as a freelance filmmaker. Her graduation film Half Tone was made an Official Selection at three Spanish film festivals, as well as winning a Best Short Fiction award at the International Euro Film Festival. Her most recent directorial piece is the short film November, which has been completed, and now prepped for sending to upcoming film festivals. The film will begin its journey appropriately in the month of November at the Brest European Film Festival.

Watch the trailer for November

In addition to this work, Raluca has also still managed to find time to produce the work of fellow Met students, direct and produce low budget commercials for charities and also promotional video material for the school under her current role as Met Go Coordinator.

For those wondering how to start building a career within the creative industry, Raluca is a fine example. She has developed a versatile skillset off the back of a widespread portfolio, impressively managing to sustain a balance between paid, acclaimed and personally satisfying projects.

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