"What Next?" - Breaking Into Film and TV

"What Next?" - Breaking Into Film and TV

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By Hywel Wiliam and Tim Hartley,
Monday, 21st March 2016
Q&A session with Naz Mantoo
Q&A session with Naz Mantoo

As part of the Zoom Cymru Festival, on the 18th March the RTS Wales Centre held a workshop aimed at students and new entrants, "What Next?" - Breaking Into Film and TV.  The five panellists, Zöe Rushton, Talent Manager at BBC Cymru Wales,  Roger Burnell, founder of the youth broadcast training scheme, It's My Shout,  independent producers, Tessa Hughes (Modern TV) and John Mead, described how they entered the industry, while Naz Mantoo (above) talked about two schemes, The Network and Ones to Watch being run by the Edinburgh International TV Festival.

Naz said that, "the event was a fantastic way for Welsh students to ask all their big, small or embarrassing questions about how to break it into the industry".  Tessa noted the diversity of the students' interests, "there were many aspiring film directors but also those interested in graphics, presenting, camera, sound, radio documentaries, script writing, sci-fi drama, media law and even pyrotechnics".

John emphasised that research is key for any would be new entrants,  but also their personal skills, "students today needed to be hungrier, smarter, more eloquent, and crammed full of personality".

Bridgend College's Sony Theatre was the venue for the Zoom Awards, including the RTS Wales Centre Student Television Awards 2015.  Zoom Cymru is a film education charity for young people, which over the past decade has worked with 15,000 young people in Wales.  Sadly however, it recently announced that it will be closing due to a lack of funds.  According to Miranda Ballin, Chair of the charity, "Ironically, we close at a time when arts organisations like us that nurture creative thinking and development for the next generation are needed most".

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