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Akbar Allana is the Founder and Chief Executive of GrayScale and has been part of the media and television industry since 1996. With a background in Design and a postgraduate diploma in Filmmaking, Akbar has played an integral part in launching several of Pakistan's premiere television channels
He has also created dozens of television commercials, numerous corporate and social documentaries and has been behind some of Pakistan’s most popular television programs and series. Aside from his many successful projects in the television, film and the related media industries, Akbar has also initiated and executed several automation projects for the oil and gas sectors as well as been involved in ongoing projects in alternative and renewable energy. In addition to his responsibilities at GrayScale, Akbar is also head of marketing at Alsons Consolidated Int’l.
Akbar comments: "Since I graduated from the LFA and moved back to Pakistan I worked for several production houses focusing on television, corporate productions and documentaries. I am currently Senior Producer at AAG TV, Pakistan. I am very grateful for the skills and knowledge gained at the LFA as these acquired skills form a major part of my everyday professional world".
Alice was selected as ‘Cinematographer of the Year 2008’. Her first short film as a director, 'Into The Light', has been screened in several film festivals across Europe and the US and won the Golden Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival 2009 and the Critics Award at the Acquedolci Independent Film Festival 2009.
Alice was born in Italy and read Media Studies at the University of Bologna, where she had the opportunity to deepen her knowledge of the History of Cinema and its aesthetic theory. In 2007 she enrolled in the Diploma course at the London Film Academy – where she had the opportunity to work on several short films in different key roles and was selected as ‘Cinematographer of the Year 2008’.
Her first short film as a director, 'Into The Light', has been screened in several film festivals across Europe and the US and won the Golden Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival 2009 and the Critics Award at the Acquedolci Independent Film Festival 2009. She has produced a few successful short films, including 'The Loop' - made with the support of the UK Film Council, which premiered at the prestigious Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2010 - and 'Maydoum' - a short film based on an original screenplay by best-selling novelist Ahdaf Soueif and starring Khalid Abdalla ('United 93', 'The Kite Runner').
In the last few years Alice has focused her career on Assisting Directing, working on several award-winning feature films and numerous short films, alongside many successful directors inlcuding Sara Sugarman, and a host of famous actors including Alan Rickman, Michael Byrne, Leigh Francis and Perry Benson. Her first feature film as 1st Assistant Director, 'Life Just Is', was premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2012 in competition as Best British Film. The film got UK distribution and has been screened all around the country in prestigious venues such as the BFI and Riverside Studios.
Alice has recently worked on 'Quick Cuts' - a new sit-com for BBC4 - and is currently in pre-production for 'Soldiers of the Damned' - an ambitious thriller/horror feature film set in WWII.
Anna has worked as a freelance assistant to directors including Joe Wright on 'Atonement' and Richard Loncraine on 'Firewall', as well as a documentary researcher for various production companies. Her digital short 'Spin Dry' was broadcast on ITV3 after being voted best film in a CobraVision short film contest.
Since graduating in 2007, Anna's short documentary 'A Fairlie Film' won a competition to be broadcast on Channel 4's '3 Minute Wonder' slot.
Anna commented: "The certificate course at the London Film Academy gave me the practical experience of directing and producing a short film on 16mm within a limited timeframe - proving that it is possible to bring any idea from concept to screen, with access to the right equipment and a dedicated crew at your side. It also made me realise the value of preparation, with workshops from industry professionals in story development and directing actors that proved invaluable. I was really grateful for the rare opportunity to cut our negative on the school's old Steenbeck editing machines, under the supervision of one of Stanley Kubrick's editors!"
After attending London Film Academy 12 years ago, Anna has worked extensively within the UK and US Film and TV industry. Her feature film credits including 'Rise of the Footsoldier', 'Bronson', 'Love Me Still’, 'The Workshop’ and ’Getting That Girl’. She has worked for TV companies All3media, Shine Entertainment and ITV including a stint on the Apple I-Phone commercials.
After attending London Film Academy 8 years ago, Anna has worked extensively within the UK film and TV industry. Her feature film credits including 'Rise of the Footsoldier', 'Bronson', 'Love Me Still' and 'The Workshop'. She also spent some time working on commercials for a major brand and for TV companies All3media, ITV and SKY
Annie G. Chan, founder of the Annie G. Chan Make-up Centre, developed her passion in makeup and design at early age. After completing numerous makeup courses in Hong Kong, Annie G. continued her professional training on the London Film Academy’s Makeup: Airbrush for Film, TV and HD course. Here she learned to integrate different makeup cultures and skills and made a leap forward in her career.
Annie G. Chan developed her passion in makeup and design at early age. After completing numerous makeup courses in Hong Kong, Annie G. continued her professional training on the London Film Academy’s Makeup: Airbrush for Film, TV and HD course. Here she learned to integrate different makeup cultures and skills and made a leap forward in her career.
Annie G. is now a highly appreciated by the industry for her outstanding talent and serious attitude. Her attention to details, perseverance to makeup art and unique aesthetic perspective are the key elements of her work.
Now one of Hong Kong’s top celebrity makeup artists, Annie G. is constantly appointed by famous celebrities and top stars in Hong Kong. She has worked on countless editorial ads and stage appearances for major celebs and stars. She established Annie G. Chan Make Up Centre in 2000. The centre provides a platform for those who interested in improving personal make up or developing their career in makeup industry. In 2003 she gathered a professional makeup and styling team to provide professional makeup and corporate image consultancy service.
Annie G. took up another challenge in her career as guest makeup artist for television program “You Are The Queen II” and “All Things Girl”. Her humorous ways of sharing useful beauty tips received great popularity. In July 2014 she collaborated with multi-talented artist Anna Yau and several stylists to launch a beauty guidebook “You Are The Queen II”, sharing their secret makeup and skincare tips, as well as common makeup mistakes that have never been shown before.
Avril Furness is an independent Writer Director based in London.
After 6 years working as Creative in London ad agencies Fallon and Wieden+Kennedy, Avril graduated from the Filmmaking Diploma in 2015 and has since written produced and directed over 20 short films
Always having a passion for the arts, Avril graduated from University College London with a History of Art BA Hons degree before working at Sotheby’s Auction House, The Institute of Contemporary Art and M&C Saatchi before training at Watford College and pursuing a career in Copywriting and Art Direction as a Creative.
An idea driven creative, with a passion for working in film in all it’s different aspects and mediums from Virtual Reality to directing and choreographing films that stream live on twitter apps, Avril is currently working on a number of different film projects, installations, VR ideas; exploring the idea of the traditional film format and how we consume film.
Her most recent docu-drama, 'Last Moments' was selected in the "top 3 future-gazing films" at Underwire Festival 2016
Writer-Director Becky Preston founded Tread Softly Productions with fellow LFA Filmmaking Foundation graduate Christine Cheung after meeting on the course in 2005. Their first short film, 'Avowal', was an Orange BAFTA 60 Second Film Finalist in 2006. They are currently in post-production on their first feature film 'Inner Calm', which was shot in the UK and Czech Republic in 2008.
"For as long as I can remember I have been reading, writing, creating, finding new ways to illustrate and tell stories. When I was younger I wanted to be an archaeologist, I loved the idea of discovering someone’s history, finding that tale that was thought lost. However finding it wasn’t enough, what I really wanted to do was tell stories. So instead of becoming the real life Indiana Jones I went to work in film.
Nowadays I write and direct, I edit, I paint, I design graphics and even dabble a little in the gaming world: anything that allows me to create a new reality and draw people into it".Writer-Director Becky Preston founded Tread Softly Productions with fellow LFA Filmmaking Foundation graduate Christine Cheung after meeting on the course in 2005. Their first short film, 'Avowal', was an Orange BAFTA 60 Second Film Finalist in 2006. They are currently in post-production on their first feature film 'Inner Calm', which was shot in the UK and Czech Republic in 2008.
Becky and Christine's short films have screened at the BAFTA awards ceremony and Cannes Film Festival, they have also recently signed a worldwide distribution deal on their debut feature 'Lovelorn' (winner of 29 international awards) and are currently developing a number of other projects. Last year Becky worked in the Art Department on film council funded ifeature 8 Minutes Idle and has just finished a stint at 3 Mills Studios assembly editing 'The Wee Man'. While developing her next feature, a thriller entitled 'The Secret of Selkie Bay', Becky is also cutting video game trailers for Future Publishing.
Upon her graduation we secured Beth work experience with Company Pictures, ('Movern Callar', 'Titanic Town', 'Shameless'), a regular collaborator of the LFA work experience programme. This role at Company Pictures eventually turned into a valuable credit and paid work as Post-Production Assistant on 'The Life and Death of Peter Sellers' in association with HBO Films.
"The London Film Academy gave me a thorough insight into the filmmaking process. 'About Betrayal', my LFA graduation film, was an invaluable sketchpad that helped me to understand where my interests lie in terms of writing and directing. Working in the film industry confirmed my desire to become a screenwriter".
Beth has also worked at Company Pictures, worked as on-set runner for the day of shooting at St' James Park for the Stephen Frears film 'Mrs Henderson Presents', with Victoria Harwood on a test commercial with DoP Roman Osin ('The Warrior') and as Producer's Assistant on a short called 'The Clap', written and directed by Geoff Lindsey for Breakthru Films.
In addition to her production work Beth has devised, directed and co-produced a video for 'The Samaritans', which will be shown to all new volunteers at the start of their training and also worked as a researcher for a six-part drama for Whistling Thorn Films, which is in development with the BBC. Beth is currently writing a feature-length script and a short whilst working at the London College of Communication (formerly Printing) supporting writer, lecturer and Head of HE programme development and the Director of Postgraduate studies. She is currently taking the MA Screenwriting course there.
Brendan is now a London based cinematographer who works across documentaries, promos, commercials and drama. He has completed three feature films and a wealth of television content.
Brendan graduated from our Filmmaking Foundation course in 1998 and is now a London based cinematographer who works across documentaries, promos, commercials and drama. He has completed three feature films and a wealth of television content. Starting life as a stills photographer he studied philosophy, art and cinema and fell in love with the moving image along the way.
His credits include: short film 'The Constant Father' (2008), TV series 'Rob Newman's History of the World...Backwards' (2007), feature films 'Dolphins' (2007) and 'Flamingo Blues' (2004), BBC documentary 'Jimmy's Farm'; Channel 4 documentary series 'A Year in Tuscany' (2003); short film 'Lipstick and Letterbox' (2000) and TV series 'Richard Hammond's Miracles of Nature' (2012), plus many more.
In 2003 we placed three students, including Chris, in paid work experience with award winning documentary maker Tony Palmer for Isolde Films. Chris directed and edited two promotional DVDs for the International make-up company SuDo before graduating.
"When I arrived at the LFA I had next to no experience in the practical operations of the film industry. Over the course of the year I learned a number of disciplines that gave me the chance to see which area was the best fit for me personally and a broader perspective on the film making process. I developed a keen interest in post-production and the LFA helped me find my first few jobs after graduation, which led to my current employment as a full time editor for a digital TV company, working on the Chart Show amongst others."
He worked as a Dubbing Editor for Isolde Films where he edited three feature Documentaries directed by Tony Palmer (The Children, Testimony, England, My England,) which were shown on the South Bank Show and Channel 5. He currently works as an in-house editor at Chart Show TV that runs 7 Music and Children’s TV channels including The Vault and Scuzz.
Producer Christine Cheung founded Tread Softly Productions with fellow LFA Filmmaking Foundation graduate Becky Preston after meeting on the course in 2005. Christine and Becky's short films have screened at the BAFTA awards ceremony and Cannes Film Festival, they have also recently signed a worldwide distribution deal on their debut feature 'Lovelorn' (winner of 29 international awards) and are currently developing a number of other projects.
Christine has also been selected for the second edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s development and mentoring programme for screenwriters, directors and producers, 'Network' 2013. Supported by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2 and Creative Scotland’s Creative Futures Programme, Network runs until November 2013 and will see the teams work closely with mentors to develop their films and take them out into the industry.
Christine writes to Joint-Principal Anna MacDonald: "I was just thinking of emailing you to say thanks so much for being my referee. I've been selected and there was a nice little mention on Screen Daily. So, thank you!!"
Since graduating David has worked as Dubbing Editor for renowned documentary feature producer Tony Palmer (‘Lord of the Dance’, ‘Primal Scream’, ‘Maria Callas: La Divina – A Portrait’, ‘Cream’s Farewell Concert’) on two episodes of The South Bank Show and a feature-length profile of violinist Ivry Gitlis which was critically acclaimed in the music industry and available on DVD.
Since graduating David has co-written, directed and edited three short films, which have had screenings at Soho cinemas and featured in the ICA’s Halloween and Soho Rushes film festivals. He edited a short, funded by Screen South, for Point+Shoot Films and was commissioned to write, direct and produce a promotional short film, ‘At Your Service’. One of his short film scripts, ‘Francoise’, won the Osborne-Clarke Award which is given to promising unmade scripts.
Following the Filmmaking Diploma, David has also worked as Dubbing Editor for renowned documentary feature producer Tony Palmer (‘Lord of the Dance’, ‘Primal Scream’, ‘Maria Callas: La Divina – A Portrait’, ‘Cream’s Farewell Concert’) on two episodes of The South Bank Show and a feature-length profile of violinist Ivry Gitlis which was critically acclaimed in the music industry and available on DVD. David also worked at the BBC where he created the title sequence for ‘Child of Our Time’ which was screened on BBC1 in January 2006. He worked full-time as Head Editor for VSI editing sports programs and nature documentaries. He recently edited a short, ‘Out of Water’ which had funding from the UK Film Council and was directed by fellow LFA student, Jacqui Wright. David has also recently been commissioned to direct two promos – one for a band called ‘Goldrush’, who have toured with the Flaming Lips, and one for Nick Lloyd Webber.
Emma set up Lightfoot Films in 2006 and went on to work as Script Editor for Series I-III of 'Kingdom' (ITV), Head of Development for Hero Productions and spent six months as an advertising copywriter for Agency of the Year, Bartle Bogle Hegarty. Emma comments: "When I first found my way to the LFA in 2001 it was a leap into the unknown. The short summer course that I completed that August left me more inspired than ever before.
"When I first found my way to the LFA in 2001 it was a leap into the unknown. The short summer course that I completed that August left me more inspired than ever before".
Emma is now a freelance writer and filmmaker. She set up Lightfoot Films in 2006 and went on to work as Script Editor for Series I-III of Kingdom (ITV). She also worked as Head of Development for Hero Productions and spent six months as an advertising copywriter for Agency of the Year, Bartle Bogle Hegarty. She is currently studying part time at the Institute of Group Analysis, training as a yoga teacher, drafting a feature, a play and a book, and freelancing as a copywriter and script editor.
Gary graduated in 2008 and has since worked as an editor and VFX editor on a number of high profile film and TV projects, including, the BAFTA nominated TV/Online series 'Bryony Makes a Zombie Movie, 'Stephen Hawking's Universe' and interviews and content for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
"After graduating from the LFA in 2008 with a commendation, my first experience was editing on the BAFTA nominated TV/Online series 'Bryony Makes a Zombie Movie', since then I have gone on to work on a variety of productions ranging from music awards, to short films and features. I had the opportunity to work with Eddie Hamilton, on 'Stephen Hawking's Universe', doing early assemble edits on episodes. I would later go on to work with Eddie again as Assistant Editor on the feature film 'Foster' and some additonal work on 'Swinging with the Finkels' by director Jonathan Newman.
In 2011 I started producing original online content on YouTube, using the skills I had learned at the LFA, my channel Sneaky Zebra, was picked up as first a partner of YouTube and soon after as a Partner of top ten network Machinima. With our video being features on CBS News, Gizmodo, Kotaku, Cinema Blend, Collider, and many many more. Whilst investing time in various personal projects, I worked on a variety of shorts including Chris Jones promo for the Nokia-Siemens Network, and various pitch trailers for directors and producers.
Perhaps one the biggest things I did in 2011, was that I was given the opportunity by Editor Rob Hall, whom I'd work on a few project with, to come in and cut the ending reel pickups of feature film 'When the Lights Went Out'.
Last year (2012), I took on the task of doing the VFX for the Stuart Urban directed feature 'May I Kill U?', which had over 100 vfx shots. In the summer I had the pleasure of working as one of the editors for Proctor & Gamble over the London 2012 Olympic Games, cuting interviews and content shown all across the globe. Almost immediately after this I was brought onto Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's upcoming TV Drama 'The Bible', as Assistant Editor, working once again with Rob hall and several other Editors".
Working in a tradition of droll British sketch comedy and improv, Jacqueline Wright and business partner Alice Lowe have created many short works together through their production company Jackal Films. She commented: "Since graduating I won an opportunity to direct a short film 'Out of Water' funded by the UK Film Council and Screen West and now I am developing my first feature film.
Jacqueline is a recipient of LFA Bursary Award, she commented: "I graduated from The LFA in March 2004 with a diploma in practical filmmaking and have continued to this day to find their support invaluable both in helping me realise personal projects and keeping me up to speed with emerging opportunities. Without the LFA Diploma I would not have been able to turn my dream into reality. Since graduating I won an opportunity to direct a short film 'Out of Water' funded by the UK Film Council and Screen West and now I am developing my first feature film".
Working in a tradition of droll British sketch comedy and improv, Jacqueline Wright and business partner Alice Lowe have created many short works together through their production company Jackal Films. With Alice writing and starring, and Jacqueline directing, they’ve delivered great absurdist characters and sketches through spoof music videos such 'Kitty Porn' and 'Earth Birth'; a mocumentary about a forgotten world music star Val Hallah in 'Junglophilia'; and a BBC3 sketch comedy pilot in 'Lifespam' which introduced us to Denise who suffers from a debilitating phobia of Boy George. Music is at the heart of much of their work with Jane Watkins’ compositions underpinning some of Alice Lowe’s fine spoof personae singing everything from ‘electrofilth’ to Kate Bush-meets-moon-child encantations.
Soon after leaving LFA Jacqueline won production finance for a rock promo, with her pitch for The Shakes track, Liberty Jones. The competition was judged by indie film legends Raindance and funded by Tiscali. She also completed a comedy promo for Alice Lowe’s track Earth Birth, performed in character as 70s diva Maggie Moss. The track is taken from Alice’s hit Edinburgh show 'MoonJourney', which Jacqueline worked on as Associate Director. Jacqueline’s next film was a 10-minute short entitled 'Out of Water', funded by the UK Film Council as part of its Digital Shorts scheme, which made it to a few international film festivals. Her next short 'Stiffy' was one of six films selected from over 150 entries to premiere in the Kodak Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2005. It has also screened at the Curzon Soho and the Vue Cinema, Leicester Square, as well as at the Encounters Film Festival in Bristol.
In 2004, Jacqui held the position of Operations Manager for Birds Eye View, an organisation promoting and supporting women filmmakers. She played a leading role in strategising and planning for the Birds Eye View Festival 2005, which was the UK’s first ever women’s film festival. Prior to this Jacqui had worked in-house at APT Films ('Wonerous Oblivion').
Jake is currently working as a guitarist and songwriter, performing on his own and collaborating with the folk fiddle legend, Dave Swarbrick. In 2012, he released “All’s Well”, a series of songs imagining the final thoughts of Captain Scott and the other members of his polar party, all of whom died on their return journey from the South Pole in 1912. Early in 2013, Jake will be making a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Antarctica himself, to perform his songs in Captain Scott’s original expedition hut. Further information about this project can be found at Jake’s website, www.jakewilsonmusic.com.
After graduating from the LFA, Jake worked for many years as Assistant Producer and Researcher for the acclaimed BBC art-history series “The Private Life of a Masterpiece”. Alongside his television work, he also carried out research for “Storyteller”, the official biography of Roald Dahl, and has been heavily involved with the work of the novelist Russell Hoban and the illustrator Quentin Blake.
Already an established actor when he came to LFA, James has since gone on to direct prime-time television, including several episodes of 'Doctors', 'Holby City', 'The Bill' and 'Peak Practice'. He has also written and directed several acclaimed short films.
James completed the Filmmaking Foundation course in 1997. Already an established actor, he has since gone on to direct prime-time television and to write and direct several acclaimed short films. His films, including 'My Own Private Lido' and 'Point of View', have screened at many festivals worldwide. His third short, 'Dead On Time' (1999) starring Michael Gambon, was nominated for Best Short Film at Montreal World Film Festival, won Best Short at Palm Springs and was bought by Channel 4, Atom Films and Canal Plus. His most recent, 'Interior Bedsit Day', was runner-up for the Ascent Media Award at Rushes Soho Shorts Festival 2007. For television he has directed 'Holby City', 'Doctors', 'Peak Practice', 'Brookside' and 'The Bill', as well as the improvised ‘Dogme TV’ Channel 4 comedy drama 'All The Way'.
As a commercials director James has directed campaigns including the AA, National No Smoking Day, Virgin Mobile, Supergoals and the RNIB. James also continues to have a highly successful screen acting career, including 'Roman Road' (2004) alongside Alan Davies, and playing Tony Blair in 'The Government Inspector', Peter Kosminsky’s Channel 4 drama about the death of David Kelly (2005).
Jamie has built a successful career directing drama for film and television including hugely popular series 'Call The Midwife', 'The Hour' and 'Doctor Who'.
Jamie attended the Filmmaking Foundation course in 1993, following which he organised many high profile events and screenings for Club Panico@LFA. He then went on to build a successful career directing drama for film and television. In 1998 he produced and directed the acclaimed short film 'The Dance of Shiva' starring Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kenneth Branagh, Julian Glover and Paul McGann and in 2001 directed a documentary about the making of Kenneth Branagh’s TV film 'Shackleton'. Jamie’s film – 'Shackleton: Breaking the Ice' - tracked the real-life adventure of a film crew working on the frozen sea off Eastern Greenland.
Since then Jamie has directed many programmes and films including: 'Suspicion' (2003), which received rave reviews and impressive viewing figures, starring Amanda Redman, Adrian Dunbar and Saskia Reeves; 'Child of Mine' in 2005 for Kudos Productions; 'Life Line' for the BBC in 2007; the first and second series of 'Primeval' (2007-8) for ITV with Douglas Henshall, Andrew Lee Potts and Ben Miller; drama 'U Be Dead' with David Morissey and Tara Fitzgerald, plus the hugely popular series' 'Call The Midwife', 'The Hour' and 'Doctor Who'.
"The London Film Academy gave me the opportunity to meet important players in the industry. They have always been there to help me find my way and develop my knowledge, even after the course had come to an end". Jean Philippe’s TV credits have included cinematographer on 'Inspector George Gently', 'Shameless', 'Law and Order' and 'Vera'.
Since graduating in January 2004, Jean Philippe has worked as Director of Photography on 'Arrowman Sam', a 20-minute film on super 16mm for I’ll Hit You Back Productions - a company set up by three LFA graduates (Tom Rowson, Fraser Duncan and Colin Hickey). He has also been Focus Puller on several shorts including 'Crossing the River', 'Shirley and Pretending', and has worked on several documentaries: as Camera Operator on 'The Lolita Dreams' (directed by Stephane Talneau), 'Open Du Coeun' (directed by Yves Darandeau), and 'Didier Gustin' (directed by Christophe Liou) and as Focus Puller/Camera Assistant on Michèle Bernier – 'Les Démons Midi' (Directed by Marie Pascale Osterreich) and 'Casque D’Or' (directed by award-winning Cinematographer, Thierry Machado).
Jean Philippe has also worked as a freelance Cameraman in France on various current affair programs for M6, Canal +, Yvelines Premiere and Info Sport, and was Camera Operator for French Pop Idol (Fremantle for M6). His feature film work to date includes Director of Photography on 'Screaming Blue Murder' and 'Hello You', for which he was 2nd Camera Assistant. Jean Philippe’s TV credits have included focus puller on Sky One’s 'Mile High' (Series II), BBC drama series, 'Casualty' and cinematographer on 'Inspector George Gently', 'Shameless', 'Law and Order' and 'Vera'.
I had some experience in filmmaking because I had worked as a Production Assistant before, but it wasn't until I joined LFA that I actually began to learn about filmmaking. I graduated in Media Studies in Portugal and at the time it was extremely difficult to do anything related to filmmaking unless you had the right contacts.
What did you learn at LFA?
Well, LFA taught me the basics of filmmaking. All the workshops and seminars we had gave me the foundations on which I was able to expand and progress. Working with Super 16mm film was undeniably one of the best experiences I've had so far. Latetly, I've worked with digital and HD cameras, but the end result is always less poetic than it was with Super 16mm film. And this is why what I learned at LFA became my modus operandi with regards to filming in whichever format it may be.
What was the highlight for you at LFA?
The best part of LFA were the people. Working with a variety of people from many different backgrounds and the chance to work in a real world context were for me the highlights of the whole experience.
What have you been doing since you graduated?
I spent some time trying to get into the industry, both in Portugal and the UK, doing a couple of volunteer jobs as a Runner and Clapper, until I enrolled in the Master of Letters in Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen.
Have you made any films since you graduated?
A couple. However, I haven't entered any festivals myself yet.
In which direction are you now heading in terms of filmmaking?
After I finish my degree I am looking to get into either Production or Editing.
What was the creative process like for your latest project at university?
For my latest project I was given a brief to use as a guideline. It was very different to what I had done before. Instead of following a script I was encouraged to have image and image alone as my starting point. This contradicted everything I was used to doing and it proved to be a particularly interesting and useful exercise. The project is an abstract fiction surrounding the idea of an imagined home/house.
What was the post-production process like?
The post-production process was much simpler than any of my previous projects, simply because the focus was solely in the image and there was no danger of continuity breaks or misunderstood dialogues. So once the "visual script" was followed, everything else fell into place.
How many people do you hope your project will reach?
There's a chance it could be entered in the IMAGO Film Fest.
Where are you going after this?
Ideally, I'd like to get into documentaries and then see where that would lead me.
Any advice for emerging filmmakers based on your experience?
Learn as much as you can, as quickly as you can. And play around as much as you can, too. In order to gain as much practical experience as possible you will have to work for free at the beginning, but the more you do, the more people you'll meet and the more experience you'll get and that will always take you to the next level.
Writer and Director, Joseph Adesunloye made headlines in 2016 for his spectacular feature film debut, ‘White Colour Black’. The film earned him a nomination for the prestigious IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award and premiered in the United States after being selected for the 25th Pan African Film & Arts Festival.
Joseph A. Adesunloye graduated from the Filmmaking Diploma in 2007 and has since blazed his own path as an independent filmmaker, writing and directing a series of short films: ‘The Service’ and ‘Beyond Plain Sight.’
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Joseph came to the UK and studied for an MA in English Literature and Film Studies at the University of Aberdeen before enrolling at London Film Academy to further pursue a career in film.
Linzy completed the Filmmaking Foundation course in 2005. Since then she has established her own corporate video production company, Thought Juice Films, and is in the process of raising finance for her first feature film, 'Cruentus'.
Linzy Attenborough trained to be an actor at the Arts Educational School, The Brit School of Performing Arts and Technology and Mountview Theatre School before discovering that her enjoyment stemmed from writing and Directing. In 2003 she retrained to be a filmmaker with Award Winning Production Company "Frame of Mind" in Bangalore, India and in 2005 she came to study at London Film Academy.
Since 2003 Linzy has Written and Directed and Produced well over sixty films including documentaries and music videos for Make Poverty History in 2005. By 2006 Linzy was Producing Feature Films including her debut MAJOR HANA.
In 2007 and 2008 she made films for AVIVA PLC (Norwich Union, RAC), Sj Berwin, Transport for London, Latitude Festival, RANK PLC (Mecca Bingo, Grovesnor Casinos), Montgomery Swan, Cable and Wireless and many more prestigious companies and directed, scripted and edited the DVD sold with the Apprentice Magazine, selling out over 100,000 copies.
Since 2008 to the present day Linzy has directed numerous music videos for talented artists; (Faroutproductions, The Flying Ties, The Cartel Records, Lemoy: The Siamese Empress, Nicole Blaze, The Yung Rydaz, Atheen Spencer, The Milestones and Tina Barrett to name a few) and many dramas from comedy to gritty drama. She has also worked as a Co-Producer for Bollywood producers in the UK.
Linzy's personal ambition is to create films that challenge audiences perception, encapsulating the genre fantasy realism. Her vision is to create a successful film studio producing thirty feature films a year from 2015.
The ethos of her company Thought Juice Films is to transform her clients (whether they are individuals, musicians, artists or companies) thoughts into films and videos when they need them within the budget they have.
Matt took the Filmmaking Foundation course in 2001. Since then he has gone on to become a successful freelance grip. His credits include: 'Reverb' (Dir. Eitan Arrusi, 2008), 'Stardust' (Dir. Matthew Vaughn, 2007), 'Mrs Henderson Presents' (Dir. Stephen Frears, 2005) and 'Batman Begins' (Dir. Chris Nolan, 2005).
Since graduating Matt has gone on to become a successful freelance grip. His credits include: 'Reverb' (Dir. Eitan Arrusi, 2008), 'Stardust' (Dir. Matthew Vaughn, 2007), 'Joy Division' (2006), 'Mrs Henderson Presents' (Dir. Stephen Frears, 2005), 'Batman Begins' (Dir. Chris Nolan, 2005), 'Alexander' (Dir. Oliver Stone, 2004); The Kaiser Chief's 'I Predict A Riot' and 'Oh My God' music videos; and various TV programmes, music videos, idents and commercials.
Max attended our Filmmaking Diploma course before progressing quickly to Director of Photography on high-end documentaries for Discovery and National Geographic as well as a stint in music promos, commercials and drama reconstructions for BBC and Channel 4.
"I came to the London Film Academy in 2003 after working as a runner for a post-production company. Before I attended the Filmmaking Diploma, I had had little on set experience save for a few days of camera assisting on documentaries with my father. It was the first time that I had been exposed to shooting drama, which I found that I really loved. My time at the LFA was a real eye opener, as it gave me a really good understanding of how a film set actually works, and the kind of processes that go on to accomplish a finished film.
After leaving in 2004, I teamed up with director/producer Mo Ali ('Shank', 'Montana') and shot around thirty music promos winning Best Video at the Urban Music Awards two years running. I also began to assist on documentaries, mainly for National Geographic and Discovery Channel. Within a couple of years I was shooting those documentaries as a Director of Photography.
For the next seven or so years I travelled all over the world shooting shows such as “How Do They Do It?” and “Gold Rush Alaska” for Discovery Channel, “Situation Critical” and “Seconds from Disaster” for National Geographic. I also began shooting drama reconstructions for BBC’s “Crimewatch”, as well other factual programming shows such as “Dispatches” for Channel 4.
Last year I shot a flagship series for Channel 5 and the History Channel called “Pub Dig”, presented by Rory Mcgrath before returning to the wilderness in Canada and Alaska for Gold Rush. I also made steps into the commercials industry, shooting the “2012 Nike: Make It Count” promotional adverts which screened at Nike stores worldwide and on the big screen before games at the Emirates Stadium.
I knew I wanted to make the jump from documentaries into drama and feature films, so I applied to the National Film and Television School to study Cinematography under Brian Tufano BSC (Cinematographer on 'Trainspotting', 'Quadrophenia' and 'Billy Elliot' to name just a few).
I was lucky to be accepted and at the time of writing this, I have just completed my first term. It might seem risky to some to give up a steady career in high end broadcast documentary to go back to school, but it’s my opinion that in this business you never stop learning. I think the second you think you know it all, you will cease to be a fresh and interesting filmmaker. There will always be another way of doing things, and I think as filmmakers we should continually strive to challenge our own abilities, styles, and outlook on the creative process of what we do.
I will now be out of the loop for two years, but I’m not too phased by that gap. I think once you know how to make contacts and play the game the way the pros do, you realize that you CAN control your own destiny and create opportunity through hard work, determination and networking".
Aged 17, NJ Silva enrolled on the film course at Lusophone University, before doing the one-month Filmmaking Certificate at LFA in 2006. After returning to Portugal, he made his first professional short in 2007, ‘Drops of a Soul’. He then returned to LFA for the one-year Filmmaking Diploma, and directed two other shorts, ‘Puny Earthlings’, a comedy, and ‘Yael’, a World War II film, which won LFA Outstanding Film of the Year 2009.
Did you have any filmmaking experience before joining LFA?
Before LFA, I already had a Film Studies degree and a considerable amount of professional experience. I was working as a freelance professional Editor since 2005. I also started to direct commercials, corporate and short films. I took my Film Studies degree at Universidade Lusófona in Lisbon, Portugal, where I've also worked as an editing Tutor.
What did you learn at LFA?
My Film Studies degree was very theory-based and I felt the need to learn on a more practical level, and also to learn new working approaches. Through the LFA I learnt the British method, and that's what I consider to be the most important thing I learnt at LFA. During the course my personal life changed radically and I grew as a person, not only as a professional but as an individual. Once again, the LFA was very important for my personal development.
What was the highlight for you at LFA?
I have to say that the highlight of my time at LFA was when I met my friends, Daniel Marshall and Myriam Roelli. They are the most creative people I have met in my life; their imaginations are very different to mine, and I feel that the three of us create a good environment in which we come up with very interesting ideas.
What have you been doing since you graduated?
Since the end of my Filmmaking Diploma course I have been working as an Editor, and recently I wrote ‘Vengeance’, a feature-film script, which is being developed through JustAnotherFilmCo Ltd. I also have another film project starting soon.
Have you made any films since you graduated?
‘Reynolds Stone’ [for Reynolds Stone Estate] was a short documentary that I really enjoyed doing. I love working with Daisy Gili, LFA Joint Principal; she's very intuitive as a documentary Director. I like working with people who know what they want to achieve and who like to work in collaboration.
Explain the creative process of your recent project.
‘Yael’, my LFA graduation film as a director, was a very interesting project for me. When we began in pre-production, I immediately decided to do things the way I think they should be done, and Daniel, as Producer, understood my methods. For example, I like to include the Editor during the development of the script. The Editor is a very important part of my preparation. Also, the actors had a major input in the script. We had four rehearsal sessions, in which we made changes to the script. The most important thing is the film and not the individual egos of the Director, Writer, Producer or Actors; the film is the work of everyone in the cast and crew. I like everyone to feel they are part of the process.
Have you been entered into or attended any festivals?
‘Yael’ is a historical drama, set in Hungary in World War II. It's 11 minutes in length and is spoken in Hebrew and German. We've been submitting the film into festivals, but, in my opinion, this film is too mainstream for the festival-going “intellectuals”.
How many people has your project reached?
‘Yael’ was screened at a private event in Portugal. The event had 1,200 people attending, It filled the biggest screening room in Lisbon – twice. The feedback from people gave me incredible confidence for my future projects. It was an absolute success.
How did you come up with the idea for your latest project?
The idea for ‘Vengeance’ came out of my anger for the lack of new ideas in films. In a year in which we've been bombarded by remakes, the film industry still struggles in betting in young and fresh talented people. ‘Vengeance’ is a story about misjudgement and morals. The thin line between what is right and what is wrong. It's exciting, mysterious and tense. It's a psychological action thriller in which the human behaviour is explored and real.
In which direction are you now heading in terms of filmmaking?
I am currently working at developing and getting my first feature made. I'm starting the writing of a new feature-film script soon. I have someone writing a fantasy horror script for me to direct. In terms of career, I want to continue editing. I'm trying to start directing features and TV series, and I'm also looking into the possibility of producing. All the updates are on my website.
Any advice for emerging filmmakers based on your experience?
I think the best advice I can give is the advice I've been giving myself for years: if you believe in your work, there's nothing you can't do. Work hard and try your best for people to notice what you do. You can't achieve anything if you stay at home, sending CVs to producers. Just go and meet them directly face to face. That way you make sure they know who you are. And the contact with industry professionals… that's where LFA can really help you.
Nora’s interest in documentary filmmaking led her to London Film Academy where she studied on the six-week Documentary Certificate course. She has recently created, ‘Human Postcards’, an ongoing web series of 60-second video portraits capturing the powerful messages of everyday people from around the world.
Born and raised in an artists’ and writers’ residency, Nora’s interest in documentary filmmaking led her to London Film Academy where she studied on the six-week Documentary Certificate course. From there she went on to study a masters in dramaturgy at the Sorbonne in Paris.
After receiving her Masters, she worked as a curator and art director in contemporary art and cinema in France, French West Africa, China, and the U.S.A.
The camera allows her to explore unnoticed worlds with a special attention for the beauty of the invisible. In 2014 she created the series of 1 minute video portraits Human Postcards www.humanpostcards.com.
She was recently invited to make a TEDx about the project and her experience https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8tg0Myjimg. She continues this project along side other short documentaries.
Oliver Parker attended the Foundation course in 1993 in the Monty Python studios in Camden. He has since become incredibly established, his directing credits include 'The Importance of Being Earnest' in 2002 starring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth and Judi Dench, as well as 'An Ideal Husband' in 1999, starring Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore and Minnie Driver.
Two years later he directed 'Othello' with Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh. Oliver then wrote and directed two films based on Oscar Wilde plays: 'The Importance of Being Earnest' in 2002 starring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth and Judi Dench, as well as 'An Ideal Husband' in 1999, starring Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore and Minnie Driver.
Following this he directed another Wilde-based feature film, 'Dorian Gray' starring Colin Firth; 'St Trinian's', 'The Little White Horse', 'I Really Hate My Job' and 'Johnny English Reborn'.
He has now also moved into acting, and has starred in 'Casualty', 'Lovejoy' and Agatha Christie's 'Poirot' plus many more.
He began his career as an Investment Banker but soon found his main interest was in narrative and the art of story telling. Hence, he decided to change career and attend the London Film Academy where he directed the short film 'One Small Step'.
Born in London, O’neil Sharma is a graduate of Economics and holds a Masters in Investment Management. He began his career as an Investment Banker but soon found his main interest was in narrative and the art of story telling. Hence, he decided to change career and attend the London Film Academy. While at film school he directed the short film 'One Small Step' and has since gone on to direct several commercials. He has written five feature length screenplays 'Life Blood', 'The Hard Line', 'Red Man', 'The White House' and 'Brooklyn Queen' and is working on his sixth. He has worked as an assistant director on 'Valkyrie' (Bryan Singer), The 'Last Station' (Michael Hoffman), 'Inglourious Basterds' (Quentin Tarantino), 'The Ghot '(Roman Polanski), 'Drei' (Tom Tykwer) and as Directors Assistant on 'Unknown' (Jaume Collet-Serra) and 'Hansel and Gretel' (Tommy Wirkola).
“The one major thing I learned at the LFA was that of the realities of the film world. In that firstly how a film set runs and the politics involved and secondly that the industry is highly competitive and that you have to market yourself in way that makes you stand out.”
“The one major thing I learned at the LFA was that of the realities of the film world. In that firstly how a film set runs and the politics involved and secondly that the industry is highly competitive and that you have to market yourself in way that makes you stand out.”
Since graduating Philip has pursued a career in music videos, commercials and drama as both an editor and director. His credits include editor on feature film 'Waiting at The Gate' (2007) and short film 'Godot Isn't Coming'.
Rachel has been directing television since 2001, winning a BAFTA in 2002 for the BBC drama 'Offside' and a Royal Television Society Award in 2004 for 'Girls In Love'. She has also been developing feature film scripts since taking up a Cinéfondation screenwriting residency in 2000 (funded by Cannes film festival).
Rachel did the Film Foundation course after completing a Dramatic Arts degree. Immediately after LFA she wrote and directed her first short film, 'The White Room'. On the strength of this short film she was accepted onto the Royal College of Art’s two year MA in Film Direction from 1995-97. After graduating she made a further three shorts with the support of regional funding. Her next short 'Fuel' was funded by Film Four and received national cinema distribution with screenings of the Film Four feature 'Crush'.
After completing our Filmmaking Certificate course in 2011 Rahul went back to India to form his own production company - Highlands Entertainment Pvt Ltd. His debut film ‘Red Rain’ had an assembled cast and crew from Europe and South Korea, many of them friends he had studied with in London.
Before joining LFA, Rahul studied MA Animation and Special effects at the University of Wales, Newport.
"LFA gave me a great exposure. I was so lucky to be with one of Stanley Kubrick's editors, cutting negatives on old Steenbeck editing machines. It was the rarest and greatest opportunity that I had in my life. I had the opportunity to work as Assistant director, cinematographer and producer which gave me an excellent grounding in all aspects of film making."
Rahul’s best advice to other inspiring filmmakers and graduate film students is to never give up hope.
“I made friends from all over the world and I have seen them giving up their dream to be in the film industry. I too have struggled a lot to get an opening. There were days I felt that I will reach no where in this huge competitive field. But my hopes and dreams kept me high. And that pushed me further on to make my film and now I am a director. People know me for my effort. And its a great feeling when you reach that point. So keep fighting my friends, handwork bears nothing but fruit.”
‘Red Rain’ got released on DEC 6th. Rahul was praised for his direction and unique subject. The film has acquired a cult following since the release.
After graduating the LFA in 2006, Richard went on to form his own production company dealing with Music Promos and Commercials. Alongside he has been making sport featurettes for BBC, ITV and SKY.
In 2008 he wrote and directed a feature film 'Following Footsteps', a drama about young brotherly dedication. Since then he has been script formatting several projects in Los Angeles and London.
He is also currently writing and developing a graphic novel saga 'The Rabustatrons' with Harry Gilliam.
Sadie attended the Filmmaking Foundation Course in 1996. She has a long list of high profile acting credits, including including the part of Lucy Westenra in the Oscar-winning 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' (Francis Ford Coppola, 1992), 'Splitting Heirs' (1993) with Python Eric Idle, the Emmy and ASC award-winning 'Uprising' (2001) and 'Shoot On Sight' (2008).
Sadie also produced the visual effects feature film 'Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow' (2004), was Associate Producer for 'Love, Honour and Obey' (2000), and has produced several short films.
Sarah Warren works in film as a Writer, Director and Actor. Her first feature film, Moments Before, premiered in festivals in LA and Toronto. Sarah studied Dramatic Arts at the University of Toronto, and then went on to study filmmaking at London Film Academy.
As an actor, she created works for the Fringe Festival circuit and performed at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan. At University, Sarah was a selected artist for a specialized course focusing on interdisciplinary filmmaking taught by Director and film icon Atom Egoyan who continues to be a mentor.
Under the encouragement of Egoyan, Sarah launched into her film career. Her short film Guilt, Or was selected as top 10 for the TIFF Showcase and went on to show theatrically in Canada before Polanski’s Carnage. Sarah produced a short film, Tape, that was selected for Cannes International Film Festival 2012. Sarah’s second feature film, a comedy entitled Catch It Early, was one of four selected to be developed with the National Screen Institute’s Features First Program. Sarah also works as a lead tutor, and runs workshops on Directing Actors; most recently at Central St Martins. Sarah is currently in post production on her comedic feature film, MLE, a spy film based on a true story featuring Paul Haggis and Mike Figgis that shot in London 2013.
After graduating from the Filmmaking Diploma in 2006, Vicky wrote and directed multiple short films: ‘Wish’, ‘Valediction’, ‘Variable’, many of which screened at international festivals and won awards. His short film ‘Decisive Moment’ won the best cinematography award at Fresh Wave 2010, and brought him to the attention of celebrated Hong Kong producer, Johnnie To, who would eventually choose him to co-direct ‘Trivisa’.
Hong Kong based Director Vicky Wong Wai-Kit has been winning critical acclaim for his co-direction of edgy crime thriller, ‘Trivisa’, local box office sensation and winner of Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing at the 2016 Taiwanese Golden Horse Awards. The film was an ambitious project involving three characters each constructed by a different director, and then blended into a cohesive story. ‘Trivisa’ has been chosen to open the 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival and is nominated for numerous awards.
Vicky studied in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Hong Kong Shue Yan University prior to moving to the UK to further his film studies on the LFA Filmmaking Diploma.
Will Tennant graduated from the LFA Filmmaking Diploma in 2006 and went straight into a work placement at Icon Entertainment. He was plunged straight into story development at Icon and his script work there led directly to him taking up a role at Andy Serkis’ The Imaginarium Studios – Europe's leading Performance Capture studio and production company. Will is now Head of Film at The Imaginarium.
Yeo Joon Han did the Panico Film Foundation in 1992. His first film as writer/director/producer was the 10-minute short ‘Adults Only’, which won the Short Film Special Mention (Corto Cortissimo) at the 63rd Venice Film Festival in 2006.
“I hope that my [success] will encourage all Panico members to keep making their films. If an ex-lawyer from Malaysia who took the exact same course back in, I think, 1992, can get to Venice, anything is possible! I'd also like to thank Bob Doyle who, with the other lecturers then, made it feel that anyone can learn filmmaking.” And yes, Bob is still teaching today!
Yeo Joon Han did the Panico Film Foundation course in 1992. Originally from Malaysia, he went back to Kuala Lumpur after the course and became a lawyer for a few years. His first film, a 10-minute short called ‘Adults Only’, won the Short Film Special Mention (Corto Cortissimo) at the 63rd Venice Film Festival in 2006. Joon wrote, directed and produced the film, which also had the singular distinction of being the first fully Malaysian-produced short film (indeed the first Malaysian film of any length or kind) to be officially selected for competition at Venice. It also won Best Short Film at the Stockholm International Film Festival 2006 and has gone on to screen at many other festivals worldwide. Joon then made another short, ‘Girl in a Soap Bubble’ in 2006, which premiered at the Clermont Ferrand short film festival, before tackling his first feature project.
In 2008 his first feature film, 'Sell Out!' (Amok Films), received its world premiere in competition at the 65th Venice Film Festival and won the Alternative Vision Award (Premio Altre Visioni) in the International Critics’ Week Young Cinema Award section (Premio Arca Cinemagiovani). 'Sell Out!' has also screened at the Vancouver, Pusan and Bangkok Film Festivals.