First Day At The BFI Film Academy

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Hello! So today was my first day at the BFI Film Academy, and it was a lot of fun! I managed to make a few friends, but mostly through nervously laughing my way through conversations. When arriving, we were greeted by the owner of the studios, AND HE WAS SO LOVELY!

Overall, there was about 20 people in the course, even though I was expecting there to be about 50 of us, but I'm glad there are only a few people. Everyone on the course seems really nice and really interested in film, which is good considering this is a film course and we will be making films haha.  We got shown some of the equipment that we will be using for our shoot, including lights, sound equipment and cameras, and they were all so expensive I didn't want to touch any of them just in case my clumsy self broke them in some sort of freak accident that almost always happens when I am near anything expensive.

Here is some of the equipment that we will be using and one of the few spaces that we will be working in for our final shoot for our films.

An ARRI 5000 kilowatt light we used today for a lighting 
One of the studio rooms at Courtyard Studios
We all had a short film task to do n our lunch break (which was only 45 minutes) and we had to come up with a narrative that had a beginning, middle and an end, shoot it, and edit it AND have lunch all in the 45 minutes that we were given. It was difficult, it was a challenge, but it was so much fun, and I learnt so much in the 45 minutes as we hall had to make quick decisions under pressure, so it was a great exercise.

We will be switching between Maidstone Studios and Courtyard Studios for our lessons, and I'm really excited about going to real functioning film studios! I think we may also be paying a visit to Pinewood Studios as well as some sort of trip!

All in all, it has been a very fun and tiring day and I'm looking forward to the next eight weeks that I get to spend doing something I love! Hopefully I will keep you all updated every week!

Love, K :)

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