London Film Academy students talk about their first filmmaking experience in ‘A Look Into’

Jun 23, 2021

Tight timeframes are no unforeseen circumstance within the film industry, however, having the stamina and endurance levels to keep up is something you’ll need to hone over time. London Film Academy aims for their students to gain experience in an environment that emulates real world realities as though they were working in a production house. Despite the challenges of remaining socially distant on set – in their covid-safe zone – students continued to demonstrate resilience and adaptability, skills that are imperative for any filmmaker to have under their belt.

The students shot 58 different short films in as little as 29 days. This mammoth project paved the way for the re-opening of the LFA doors as students – armed with high-tech Arri 416 and Arri SRIII cameras – clambered back on set to shoot their first ever film, after what has been a very challenging year for filmmakers. With practical skills being the utmost priority for their courses, it’s no major surprise the students were ecstatic to get their hands back on some equipment and experience the buzz of being back on set.

“It feels absolutely amazing to be in classes again and working with all the equipment. Once you actually get into the studio, suddenly everything comes to life and you finally see that your film is going to be made here.” Said Alexander, a BA (Hons) filmmaking student.

“Some of us have tried the roles for the very first time on set which was quite challenging – be prepared for a lot of challenges; there will be heat on set, people will miscommunicate, so be wary of that, but always have patience.” Said Maryna, a BA (Hons) filmmaking student.

We were met with buckets of enthusiasm and ambition as our students embarked on their FP1 unit, a project designed to afford them with a well-rounded knowledge of the filmmaking process as they experience working in the shoes of a myriad of key roles that contribute to the making of a film. From 1st AD to Sound Mixer, you name it, they’re learning the significance and output of each to put them in good stead to be becoming emerging professionals.

For most, this was not only their first time on an active film set working across multiple roles, but also their first time shooting on the medium of film.

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