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Film Career Event: Getting a job in the film industry

The Film Production and careers teams from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Farnham curated a Film Career Event for film students on the BA (Hons) Film Production course.

The aim of this event was to prepare the students for the world beyond University. Through a range of visitors, students learnt about opportunities within the film industry and the possible paths that their career might take.

Among the speakers were Frederick Lloyd, a UCA Film Alumnus from 2012. Frederick is a British film director and composer and has been responsible for some of Hollywood’s biggest films. His music is featured in trailers for Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

“I was always listening to film scores rather than whatever was popular at the time,” said Frederick. “My creative briefs vary a lot. Sometimes I’m asked to create adaptions of current music or do remixes and other times compose from scratch.”

Another speaker was Tom Wightman, BFI Network Talent for the Film Hub South East. This is the only fund for new and emerging filmmakers in the UK, which provides support and funding of short films and new writers.

The Short Film Funding programme (open to recent graduates) bring exciting new voices and bold narratives to the screen; provides space for experimentation and idea-testing, and advances the careers of the filmmakers involved through showcasing their abilities to the industry and the public.

The Early Development Funding programme (open to current students) supports new writers with an exciting, bold idea. ‘New writers’ are people who have not yet have written a feature film script that has been produced and distributed. This fund is also for producers and directors working with new writers.

The day also consisted of a CV surgery with the UCA Careers team and a Screenwriting surgery with Ian Long from Euroscript. These surgeries taught students how to polish their CV’s, confidently present themselves and their work to industry professionals, and develop an initial career strategy.

The day ended with an alumni roundtable talk. This offered sage advice to graduating film students from film production students who are now in the industry.

Vela Stoyanova graduated in 2017 and now works as a floor runner. She has worked on Casualty, BBC productions and Horrible Histories: The Movie. Vela said: “If you can find a way to work on a long-running soap, you’ll make fantastic connections and you will have secure work. Soaps are the high-school of the industry, a great place to learn the basics.”

Ray Roberts who graduated in 2017 and has been working freelance in Photography and Videography stresses the physical and mental demands of the industry. He places a lot of importance on wellbeing and taking care of yourself. He said: “actively be creative, making stuff, have a creative outlet and say yes to new experiences, especially if you want to be a director”. 

This Film & Career Event was part of Projections Unit, the final unit in the BA (Hons) Film Production course.

You can take a look at our BA (Hons) Film Production course page to find out more.