Molly Cowell, one of our current BA (Hons) Filmmaking students, tells us about their recent opportunity filming for Northern Ballet, their typical week of studying and how the staff are "incredibly supportive" and hands on...

How does Leeds Arts University help you develop your skills and creative practice?

The University has helped me gain a lot of knowledge about the film industry as well as the many roles within the industry. We’re given the opportunity from the start of the course to practice every role within a small crew. The course staff are incredibly supportive in whatever we decide to create and are on hand to help with anything that we need to help us better the skills we already had and learn at the University.

Film: Courtesy of Molly Cowell

If you had to give a fresher three pieces of advice for studying at Leeds Arts University, what would they be?

Try to use the facilities that the University has to offer as much as possible, connect with as many people on the course as you can and have fun whilst you’re here!

Image: Courtesy of Molly Cowell

Tell us about any industry work experience you’ve gained throughout your time studying BA (Hons) Filmmaking.

I was recently given the opportunity to be a camera operator for Northern Ballet, filming footage of a dress rehearsal which was used in a promotional trailer. The opportunity came through from one of the course tutors at the University. I am also working with Film Buddy in the summer to gain more experience on film and tv sets before I go into my final year at university.

Film: Courtesy of Molly Cowell

What does a typical day/week as a BA (Hons) Filmmaking student involve?

A typical week for me involves getting a brief to make a film that is based on what we’ve learnt throughout the week, booking the studio and equipment out to experiment with and catching up with friends outside of course time.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I hope to be working in the industry either within the camera department or as a screenwriter. I love them both and I find it so difficult to choose between them!

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