Students from Newcastle College were whisked away to London recently, where they found themselves rubbing shoulders with Hollywood insiders.
34 learners from the UAL (University of Arts London) Media Production course headed to the capital, to see first-hand how the film industry operates in the UK.
The highlight of the two-night trip was a visit to Paramount Pictures in Chiswick, for a screening of the latest Matt Damon flick ‘Downsizing’, followed by a meet and greet with John Fletcher, Vice President and Managing Director of UK Theatrical at Paramount and Charlie McAuley, Senior Vice President of Home Media International.
The pair gave a presentation covering production, distribution and marketing for a new movie release, before a Q&A in which the class were given a rare opportunity to grill the industry experts with their questions.
Louisa Robson, a first year on the course, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the London trip and especially loved getting the opportunity to visit Paramount Pictures and see a film on the huge BFI IMAX screen at Waterloo.
“We all became so much closer and my highlight was being able to liaise with professionals from the film industry”.
A visit to the Waterloo IMAX theatre was next on the cards, where the students were treated to a private showing of documentary A Beautiful Planet, before they were invited into the projection booth for a hands on lesson and demonstration, all leaving with a 70mm film strip souvenir.
The group even squeezed in a little historical culture, with a flying visit to the British Museum.
The London trip, organised by course lecturers Adam Walton and Chris Jefferson, was arranged through industry contacts – just one example of the College’s focus on providing real-life experiences in industries to students.
Speaking of the trip, Senior Lecturer Adam Walton said: “This was a great opportunity for students to experience the UK film industry first hand and speak to key people behind the scenes.
“The team at Paramount and everyone at Waterloo IMAX were very welcoming and helpful, despite their busy schedules. Our thanks and gratitude go out to them for being such great hosts.
“We had lots of great feedback from the class and hopefully the experience has served to broaden their horizons a little, perhaps even their future aspirations.”
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