Rachel Wood is Deputy School Director at MetFilm School. After many years of experience in the film industry nurturing talent, working with writers, producers and directors in both development and production, it is Rachel’s objective to provide students with the skills and practical knowledge of the craft of screenwriting to achieve success in today’s creative industries.
Prior to joining Met Film School, Rachel worked extensively in development. As Head of Production in London for Los Angeles based Catch23, Rachel was responsible for sourcing material for A-list talent through their relationship with leading talent agency ICM. As well as developing relationships with producers, agents and book publishers in both London and L.A., Rachel was involved in the development of a number of high profile films, Edge of Darkness directed by Martin Campbell in production with the BBC, and Mrs Darwin directed by Mike Newell.
As Head of Development at UK independent film company Scala Productions, Rachel worked for two of the UK’s leading film producers, Stephen Woolley and Nik Powell. Rachel was involved in the development and production of twelve feature films and worked with writers such as Robert Wade and Neal Purvis (Quantum of Solace, Stoned), Catherine Johnson (Mamma Mia), Kay Mellor (The Syndicate, Band of Gold) and directors including Oscar winning cinematographer Chris Menges (The Killing Fields), Stefan Elliott (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Mark Herman (Little Voice) amongst others.
Rachel’s early career involved time at Chrysalis Films where she worked with writers such as Jonathan Harvey (Beautiful Thing, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme) in development as well as working for long-standing UK producer Norma Heyman (Dangerous Liaisons) and US studio Paramount Pictures. She began her career at US studio Paramount Pictures as a runner after graduating with a BA (Hons) in Communication Studies.
Rachel is passionate about the screenplay and passing her industry knowledge on to students. In addition to her pivotal role at Met Film, she is a Freelance Tutor at the NFTS, where she advises students on integrating themselves into the industry. Rachel has also been a member of the BAFTA Short Film Jury, served on the board of the Script Factory and the NFTS Script Advisory Board.