On Friday 12th April I graduated from the BFI Film Academy Talent Campus with the National Film and Television school (NFTS). I found out about the course during my time at the regional Film Academy with the BFI at Liverpool FACT when Pete Fraser, the project lead for the talent campus came to FACT to talk about the talent campus and encourage us to apply for one of the best experiences a young film maker could have.
One of the many highlights I experienced at Talent Campus was the master classes and screenings with industry professionals like Edgar Wright (director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Eran Creevy (director of Shifty and Welcome to the Punch), Menhaj Huda (director of Kidulthood) with cinematographer of Kidulthood, Billy Elliot and Trainspotting, Brain Tufano, Rebecca O’Brien (Producer of The Spirit of ‘45 and Bean). It was incredible to hear about their experiences and watch their films especially when Edgar Wright came, as the films are funny and enjoyable to watch as well as brilliantly made.
Another highlight from the experience was filming on set for two days with the other members of the team I was in, mentored by the epic hat wearing Corin Hardy (director of the amazing stop motion animation Butterfly and music videos for artists like The Prodigy, Olly Murs, Paolo Nutini and Biffy Clyro). It was an amazing two days of filming with the team who all worked together well and made it an enjoyable experience, I also enjoyed using my knowledge and skills for sound production that I had learnt while I was at the regional Film Academy at FACT and also talking with the team during lunch on set and after filming when Corin would show us some of his videos. When we had finished filming it was an incredible feeling of achievement for the whole team and we were all excited to see the final result.
The final day at Talent Campus was an exciting, nerve wrecking and sad day as we all prepared to see the final cuts of our films at the screening at BFI Southbank in London before we attended a networking event with industry professionals and we all said goodbye to each other and went home. My group’s film Man of the House turned out really well and I was and still am proud to tell people that I was a part of the team that made the film.
After Talent Campus I have been inspired to continue writing more screenplays and to get experience working in the industry starting as a runner on set. I hope to collaborate with the amazing people that I met during the experience as they are all talented and made the experience truly enjoyable, and I am hoping that in September I will be at university studying Film Studies with Film Production while continuing to write screenplays and collaborate on films.
I would like to thank Louise, Zoe, Alexandra, John Maxwell and everyone at the regional BFI Film Academy group at Liverpool FACT who provided me with the opportunity to develop my knowledge and skills, supported me while I was at Talent Campus and were amazing people to work with, Pete Fraser and John Wardle for giving me the chance to attend the Talent Campus, the trips to BAFTA, National Art Gallery, BFI National Film Archive and Pinewoods Studios, and for making it an amazing experience for us all, Corin Hardy for showing me the dedication its takes and being an awesome tutor and finally Team Hardy and the other members who attended Talent Campus for being amazing people to meet, work with, laugh with and for sharing the experience with me that I will never forget.