How my degree is preparing me for the industry

Why did you decide to study filmmaking? 

Coming from a theatre background, I worked as an actor until the pandemic, during which I decided to make a fresh start. Editing was the spark that made me realise that now I’m more interested in what happens behind the camera.

Why did you decide to study at Central Film School? 

After thorough research, I found that CFS is not only the most affordable option, but being an intensive course, I can have a degree in just two years’ time. Still, the biggest appeal was the practical nature of the course. 

What modules have been the most insightful so far in your degree?

I’ve had experience in directing before, and even so, the Directing Actors module put things brilliantly into perspective and taught me some invaluable techniques. 

How have you been putting your skills to use outside of the classroom?

I’ve already worked on a couple of short films outside of CFS and have written and directed one of my own, titled Curves on Curbs.

Are there any skills you have learnt which you perhaps may not have expected to gain during your degree?

During the 16mm module, I was the Director of Photography for one of the films we produced. I would have never thought of doing that role and I realised how beautiful and complex it is. It definitely advanced my visual skills immensely.

What skills do you feel you have polished most during your studies so far?

What I learned the most is the importance and the scale of visual storytelling that I can apply to a film, but also emotional analysis of characters and scenes and implementing these in all aspects of filmmaking.

Has the degree being heavy on the practical offered any benefits?

Absolutely. It allowed me to experience all the different sides of filmmaking and implement that knowledge.

What would you advise potential students if they are not sure whether to study film at Central Film School?

If you want to benefit to the fullest from this course, be prepared to work constantly, in and out of the classroom, because just like in the real industry, you won’t get far if you sit and wait for things to come your way.