Oscars – graduates take centre stage!
A London media school has taken centre stage with no less than five ex-students having worked on six of this year’s Oscar nominated films.
MetFilm School is a leading film, television, and online media school offering undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses - with campuses in London and Berlin.
Its London campus is based within the famous Ealing Studios, which in recent years have supported productions such as The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and Downton Abbey.
“Our learning philosophy is to minimise the difference between being a student and being in industry,"
The students include Rina Yang, 2nd unit director of photography on Bohemian Rhapsody who studied the BA in Practical Filmmaking.
As well as film, Rina has worked on several music videos including videos for Skepta, Emeli Sande and Sam Fender. She has also worked on commercials for big brands including, O2, Nike and Under Armour.
Jess Wilcock-Stow, also studied the BA in Practical Filmmaking, he was a crowd costume trainee on this year’s hotly-tipped film, The Favourite.
The animated film, Isle of Dogs was also strongly tipped to win. MetFilm School graduate Guy Lubin worked on the film’s visual effects (VFX), he said: “It feels great to be a part of such a big and outstanding animation film!“ Guy has since worked on projects for tech giants, Huawei and Samsung as well as American fashion brand, Coach.
“The feeling of having worked in two Oscar-nominated movies is fantastic!"
Max Elliot-Lovell, who studied on the MA Cinematography Course, was a lighting technician on Mary Poppins Returns.
Finally, Marta Baidek, who was a visual effects (VFX) assistant coordinator on Solo: A Star Wars Story, as well as the animation coordinator on Ready, Player One, is a graduate alumna of the BA Practical Filmmaking course.
Marta, 26 lives in West London, she said: “The feeling of having worked in two Oscar-nominated movies is fantastic! The VFX team from Ready Player One got in touch with me because of the experience I had in motion capture. I went for an interview and was lucky to get it! It was one of my favourite experiences of my life so far. I had the chance to see Steven Spielberg work and be a part of a movie that tried to break convention and dared to go further in visual storytelling.
Like the other graduates, Marta loved her time at MetFilm School, she said: “I chose MetFilm because I wanted to learn more about filmmaking and gain more practical knowledge on how to create a movie from scratch.
“After I left film school I did some AD work in a few short films but soon after, I joined the VFX department and got to work on films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Alien: Covenant, Ready Player One, Solo: A Star Wars Story and most recently, Tim Burton’s Dumbo.” Marta is currently co-directing her first feature film.
Jonny Persey, Director at MetFilm School said: “Our learning philosophy is to minimise the difference between being a student and being in industry. It’s about make, make, make – feature films, short films, web series, documentaries etc. And, doing so under the guidance of professional filmmakers in an organisation that also makes films professionally, and at Ealing Studios, a filmmaking hub steeped in history.”