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Question for Roger about the NFTS (2 replies and 2 comments)

nialllang
2 months ago
nialllang 2 months ago

Hi Roger,

 

Would just like to start this topic by saying thank you for all you've done for the art and craft of cinematography, this website in particular. Your work has been a true inspiration to me - I have just completed a dissertation studying your oeuvre as part of my degree and it was probably the most enjoyment I've had writing an essay!

 

You may not remember but I met you 2 years ago on the set of '1917', I was there on a week's work experience in the camera department, and what an experience it was! I was just in my first year of Uni at that point, and to begin with I did find the idea of a huge movie set quite daunting (and exciting!), but you and James and everyone else in the camera department were so welcoming and that week was probably one of the best weeks of my life. It's certainly a memory I will think of fondly for the rest of my career. I learnt so much from that week and meeting you, and being able to experience the production of '1917', was really what cemented my aspiration of becoming a filmmaker. So thank you.

 

As mentioned already, I am in my third and final year of Uni and I'm considering applying to the NFTS to study for a Masters in Cinematography. I just wanted to ask for your professional opinion (and anyone else's opinion!) on whether studying for a Masters at NFTS would be worth doing in terms of how much money it costs. I would likely put myself in a lot of debt by doing it, but would it be worth it for the knowledge and connections I would make by going?

 

All the best

Mike
2 months ago
Mike 2 months ago

Not Roger,

If you are given the opportunity to go to NFTS, then I would certainly take it. Don’t worry about the money to pay for it, just think about the long term benefits, you will need practical experience not just the theory also you will meet other inmates who will share your journey.

Think long term and you won’t go wrong.

nialllang
2 months ago

Thanks Mike! Appreciate your answer.

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

I would second that advice, with the proviso of my not knowing what your situation is and whether there would be other opportunities for you to enter the film industry. Whether on not you would meet people at the NFS who would help you on your career, I only know from what I am told. That was not so much the case in the 1970s when I was a student there. But things are very different now and, as far as I understand, there has been a concerted effort to help students find a path after their course ends at the NFS.

Perhaps there is someone with more recent experience who could add a comment here!

nialllang
2 months ago

Thanks for the reply Roger!! Really appreciate you getting back to me, I think currently my best route is to work for a few years and save up/get more industry experience first. I've spoken to a few students at NFTS and it sounds like getting onto the course is a good goal to aim for.

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