Meet the alumni: MA Producing graduate Robert Panners
Of all the creatives busy studying at Met Film School throughout the year, you’d be hard pushed to find many more proactive, dedicated and involved than a Producing student. By nature, Producers tend to be those well-organised types; juggling multiple projects, making everything tick along, and, interestingly, often being one of the few to see a production through from conception to completion. It’s a fascinating part of the industry and one that more and more people are looking to explore.
In this final blog of 2016, we spoke with MA Producing graduate Robert Panners, who is a textbook example of an enterprising and dedicated Producer. After graduating early this year, he secured a placement at our in-house production company – Met Film Production – working as a Production Assistant. The coveted role is frequently made available to students of the postgraduate course, providing a practical understanding of the industry, as well as some first-hand experience. Since leaving Met, Robert has been working at Elstree Studios as a Studio and Postproduction Runner for BBC Studioworks – offering support to television productions such as Pointless, Children in Need, Room 101 and Strictly Come Dancing.
Read four thoughts from Robert on his time at Met Film School…
On studying the MA Producing course
“What’s great about studying at Met Film is that you get the chance to see from an inside perspective what this process is really like in practice: you learn all about the ins-and-outs of how producers give development notes to writers to help them improve and better shape their scripts, the process of attaching cast to a project, seeing how a finance plan becomes reality, the challenges and triumphs associated with these processes and so much more besides.”
On the practical elements of the course
“On a practical level, all of the problem-solving, time-management, organisational and interpersonal skills you acquire through doing your assignments and projects on the MA are invaluable in helping you to effectively carry out your responsibilities as a production assistant and as a general working professional looking to work in the film and television industry.”
On working as a Production Assistant
“I had the opportunity to work on a number of their exciting and unique projects, including the award-winning documentary Sour Grapes, which had its world premiere at the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto earlier this year. I’ve also had the chance to provide a wide range of support to all of the producers at Met as they develop their emerging slate of fiction and documentary features by helping with research, organizing delivery materials to send to domestic and international film festivals, providing feedback on scripts, as well as offering general day-to-day office administration support to ensure everything in the office runs smoothly.”
On expanding his skillset at Met Film Production
“I would say without question that my placement at Met Film has provided me with skills, insights, and knowledge that are invaluable in terms of helping me to make progress on my chosen career path and in getting a stronger practical understanding of what goes into the making of a feature film, documentary, or television series, and how a production company functions day-to-day. Whether you’re looking to become a producer, a writer, a director, or are interested in any other filmmaking discipline, I would highly recommend applying for the placement opportunity at Met Film Production as you will learn so much and the experiences you gain from it will equip you exceedingly well for the future.”
Our MA Producing course is a surefire career starter! It has a 100% employment rate, with graduates working within the creative industries at companies ranging from HBO to the BBC.
Call +44 20 8280 9119 for an informal chat with a member of our Admissions team, or request a 2017 prospectus.