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Held at the beautifully restored Regent Street Cinema, the half-day event for students and budding young filmmakers aged 14-19 featured three exciting hour-long panels, bringing together Academy members and other film industry guests to discuss their professions, as well as the paths they took to achieve career success. Watch highlights from this fascinating event and hear some of the top advice and insights offered to young people in the video above.
Some of the film industry professions to be represented include cinematography, composing, production design, screenwriting, acting, directing, producing, production sound, film editing, costume design and visual effects. The panelists offered their first hand knowledge and experience of working in the industry and identified the key knowledge areas and skill sets that are essential for specific careers.
Gurinder Chadha, Director, Producer Writer: Bend it Like Beckham
Kirk Weddell, Writer: Mr. Tom
Misan Sagay, Writer: Belle
Moderated by Gary Kurtz, Head of Academy Events Committee, Producer of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
Sonja Klaus, Production Designer and Set Decorator: A Good Year, Prometheus
Moderated by Matt Gallagher. Matt has worked in film, TV & commercials since 2000, before setting up his own crewing website, www.thecallsheet.co.uk in 2011. His book, Breaking into UK Film and TV Drama, is an insightful guide on how to get into the business.
Frazer Churchill, Visual Effects Supervisor: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Harry Escott, Composer: Shame, The Selfish Giant
A cross-curricular resource that explores primary pupils' skill sets and applies them to a range of film industry careers.
A teaching resource to support Secondary students' exploration of careers in the film industry.
The Into Film Awards are back again for 2017, as we set out to find the best young filmmakers, reviewers, film clubs and teachers of the past twelve months.
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