“Working on the Arts University Bournemouth graduate film Litter Bugg as Costume Designer and Supervisor has been the most rewarding part of my degree. The film is a fantasy, set in a near future, which meant the film crew had a massive challenge of bringing to life on screen a fictional world, that up until that point only existed in the mind of director Amber Jo Weedon. This required the various courses to come together and collaborate including, Film Production, Costume with Performance Design, Model making and Make-up for Media and Performance. The collaboration resulted in the film being nominated for AUB’s The Nicholas Durbridge Award; showing AUB’s recognition of students achievements.
My role as Head of Department for Costume gave me responsibilities from researching into the fantasy world and characters minds, liaising with department’s like Cinematography and Production Design, to sorting out budget, sourcing costumes, and working on set with the crew and actors. This film has been one of the most ambitious projects I have been part of allowing me to develop as a practitioner ready for the industry.
Undoubtedly, deciding to come to AUB will prove to be the best start to my career I could have chosen. Not only did the course help me decide where I wanted to take my career by allowing me to experiment within different fields of the course, it also taught me how to be confident and professional in a working environment through live projects and collaboration. The reputation of the course provided me with opportunities to undertake work experience with the BBC and Marv Films during my time studying which has given me invaluable contacts for the future. The experienced staff and talented students are completely dedicated to the course and become like a family which help you learn and grow as a person through your years at AUB.
Since finishing the course, I have worked as a Costume Stand-by on the short film Purple Heather for production company Constellations Entertainment which filmed in the New Forest. I have also had the role of Costume Designer and Supervisor for the short independent film Diggers.”