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Students from Stockport Academy, Manchester were the latest Into Film members to be given an insider look at the film industry as Academy award winning film editor Martin Walsh joined us for an in-school visit to give out advice and expertise.
An Academy award winner for his work on 2002's Chicago, Martin is one of the UK's premiere film editors and made for an ideal person for young people interested in starting a career in film to talk to. During his visit, Martin took club members on a tour of of his 40 year career, showing his contribution on a range of titles, including Bridget Jones' Diary, V for Vendetta and Disney's live action Cinderella.
Following a demonstration of some of his editing techniques to students, Martin turned mentor, offering a detailed and nuanced breakdown on the nature of film editing and the wider industry. Speaking candidly on the dynamic nature of the film world, Martin urged students to remember the importance of working practically and to be determined.
The best thing young people interested in film can do is to get their hands on a camera and start making films with their peers.Film editor Martin Walsh.
This visit, made possible as part of our "Meet the Industry" scheme, in partnership with BAFTA, was a resounding success for those at Stockport Academy, with a number of students speaking highly of Martin's advice. Daniel, a pupil from Stockport, was one young person who benefited from Martin's visit, saying, "It's been great having Martin here. He was such an inspiration and he's proved that your dreams can come true."