We caught up with BA (Hons) Film Production alumni, Sophie Kenny, who shares her story of life after AUB.
What have been your highlights since graduation?
“I’d count working as a Floor Runner on the BBC adaptation of the world’s best-selling crime novel by Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None, as one of my favourite productions so far. Working so closely with such talented actors in such a classic tale was fantastic. I had the opportunity to learn alongside some of the best Assistant Directors and crew which really taught me good practice.
“I was also lucky enough to work on some really high profile television dramas, including Broadchurch, Poldark and Doctor Foster. I’ve also recently finished working on a great indie feature film called Modern Life is Rubbish, where I’ve made some real friends for life and the cast were fantastic.”
How did you find your time at AUB?
“I loved every minute of being at AUB and I am so glad I studied there. It is the best practical place to go for anyone who wants to work in film. You meet people from all creative backgrounds and disciplines and I made some brilliant contacts for life here. I miss summers on the beach and being with my friends all the time.”
Why did you choose AUB?
“Before I joined the University, I did a lot of research into the best undergraduate film degrees in the UK and AUB consistently came out on top.
“I asked a lot of crew members where they had studied and where they recommended and the resounding opinion was Bournemouth Film School. Having graduated from BA (Hons) Film Production course, I can definitely see why.
“The tutors all have a huge amount of experience in the Industry and really do care about their craft and teaching. I was particularly inspired by Conny Templeman and Nick Beaumont.
“I was really excited about the Open Day and from the moment I stepped onto campus, I knew that this was where I wanted to be.”
What tips do you have for students thinking about going to university?
“I would definitely recommend arranging lots of work experience before you go to university – I cannot emphasise how important this is. I started doing occasional work at Pinewood Studios when I was 18 and would sneak on to other stages to watch crew at work, which gave me a good insight into how a film set operates.
“If you really want to work in the industry you have to get going as soon as you can, and persevere through all the tough times.
“Yes, you’re going to have days where you’re running up and down a hill at 4am in the middle of nowhere, soaked through with rain, having had a total of fifteen hours sleep all week, it’s your sixth working day in a row, you’re getting called on walkie and at the same time an actor is asking for an iced mocha frappuccino latte when you’ve got a mental list of about twenty other things to do – but you’ve got to push through those days and really – you’ve just got to love every minute.
“Working in the Film Industry now, I come across at least one or two graduates from AUB in each film I do, all from a range of departments – costume, make-up, fine art, model-making and of course other film grads. It’s nice to see so many graduates doing so well.
“The most important thing you need to remember, no matter what creative field you pursue is that you cannot just sit back and think work will come to you – networking and managing social media is extremely important.
“What many people don’t realise is that the film industry is really, really, really small and it is hard to get in, so you need to really prove yourself when you have a chance – but never forget kindness and humility. If you don’t have the right attitude, you won’t get asked back, and you won’t survive in this industry.
“Looking forward, I’m beginning to step up as a Third Assistant Director which is my main goal for this year to keep pushing for and to also continue to direct my own projects.”
You can find out more about Sophie’s work at http://sophiekenny.co.uk/