Highlights from our Careers in Film Summit

13 Dec 2016

7 mins
Highlights from our Careers in Film Summit

As part of this year's Into Film Festival, we held a very special Careers in Film Summit, in London, in association with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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.

We'd like to thank the following people for speaking at our Careers in Film summit.

Gurinder Chadha, Director, Producer Writer: Bend it Like Beckham

Kirk Weddell, Writer: Mr. Tom

Miriam Margolyes, Actor: Harry PotterHappy Feet

David Barron, Producer: The Legend of TarzanHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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.

Below the Line Panel (Part 1)

Sonja Klaus, Production Designer and Set DecoratorA Good YearPrometheus

John Bright, Costume Designer: Sense and SensibilityRemains of the Day

Chris Munro, Production Sound: GravityBlack Hawk Down

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.

Below the Line Panel (Part 2)

Michael Coulter, Cinematographer: MaleficentRush

Frazer Churchill, Visual Effects Supervisor: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Harry Escott, Composer: Shame, The Selfish Giant

John Wilson, Editor: Billy ElliotThe History Boys

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