Huish Student Rosie Wright (centre), receiving her graduation certificate from Zawe Ashton, Actress (left) and Nik Powell, NFTS Director (right)
Richard Huish College student Rosie Wright recently experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in the fifth BFI Film Academy delivered by the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in London.
Rosie, 18 from Taunton, underwent a stringent selection process which saw over 300 applicants whittled down to just 66 lucky young people, to be selected as an editor. Each individual was chosen for a specific role for the project and put into groups, with the challenge of making a short film under the tuition of NFTS tutors and graduates.
Rosie attended a pre-residential weekend in early March to be introduced to the other participants, tutors and venues, as well as being given the scripts for their films, before attending the main residential in April.
As part of the experience, Rosie enjoyed a day of craft specialist tuition to learn about editing, tutored by Richard Cox and Vera Simmonds. She also attended a variety of masterclasses with film industry figures such as Senna director Asif Kapadia and Notting Hill producer Duncan Kenworthy. The group visited the BFI and Tate Modern and took part in a range of activities designed to improve ‘soft’ skills and personal development as potential entrants to the film industry.
Rosie commented, “We all worked with professional actors and shot for two days, followed by two days editing - two of the most stressful but rewarding days of my life!”
The finished film was premiered at a showcase event at the BFI South Bank on the final day where Rosie received her graduation certificate from the NFTS Director, Nik Powell, and Fresh Meat actress, Zawe Ashton.
Rosie summed up her opportunity with “This experience was the best experience of my life. I have such a passion for filmmaking, and it was brought to life at the NFTS by meeting and working with amazing and talented young people who share the same passion as me. It was also such an honour to work alongside the amazing tutors and graduates at the NFTS as well as meeting amazing people in the industry, such as Asif Kapadia and Zawe Aston. I will forever be grateful of the amazing experience I had at the BFI Film Academy, and I now look to my future in the film and television industry with new determination and excitement.”
At Huish, Rosie has been taught industry relevant skills in her vocational media course and A Levels in photography and drama. Saffron Lee, Course Manager for Visual Arts and Rosie’s Tutor, said: “Rosie, an outstanding student in every way, intends to go into the film industry and is making connections to be able to start as soon as she finishes college. She has no family connections with the industry; this success is down to her own initiative and hard work, and we wish her the best…and we look forward to seeing Rosie’s name in the credits of many films in the future.”