RTS Student Masterclasses

RTS Student Masterclasses

Wednesday, 4 November, 2020


RTS Zoom Online
United Kingdom
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RTS masterclasses offer insights into the inner workings of the television industry, from presenting to camerawork. The masterclasses will be live streamed on the RTS website, more info to follow.


10.00am – 11.00am: Cinematography Masterclass


Speakers: Georgina Kiedrowski, Self-shooting Producer (The Island, Race Across the World), and Nicola Daley, Director of Photography, ACS (The Letdown, Harlots)

(Chair: Emma Read)


Georgina Kiedrowski

Georgina Kiedrowski has 20 years TV industry experience under her belt. She has filmed a huge variety of factual and factual entertainment programmes and can’t say no to any job which will take her on an adventure! 

Georgina frequently works in the unusual role of ‘Embedded PD’ which has meant living alongside contributors on projects like The Island with Bear Grylls, Race Across the World and Hunted

Georgina loves working on ‘Blue light’ shows and is one of only a few fully trained technical crew members on board Yorkshire Air Ambulance for long running series ‘Helicopter ER’ 

Nicola Daley

Nicola Daley has been a cinematographer for 15 years, she started in documentaries travelling the world from Iraq to North Korea.

She survived that and now shoots TV drama, feature films and commercials. Her last feature film Pin Cushion opened Critics week at the 2017 Venice Film Festival to great acclaim.

She has recently shot The Letdown series two for Netflix, Harlots series three for Hulu and Paradise Lost a new series for Paramount in America, starring Nick Nolte and Josh Hartnett. 

Nicola has just finished shooting the new Terence Davies film Benediction. Nicola is the 8th woman ever to be accredited into the Australian Cinematographers’ Society.


12.00pm – 1.00pm: Sound Masterclass


Speakers: Kate Hopkins, Sound Supervisor (Dynasty - Lion, Planet Earth - Grasslands), and Mark Roberts, Sound Recordist (Frozen Planet - On Thin Ice and The 1900 Island)

Chair: Andrew Sheldon, Creative Director and Founder, True North

Kate Hopkins 

Starting out as a receptionist at a post production company in Bristol to then Assistant Editor, Kate worked her way up to become a Sound Editor, specialising in Natural History films.

Kate has worked on many Wildlife on Ones, Natural Worlds, Life in Cold Blood, and Life in the Undergrowth.

In 2000, she worked on the ground breaking series Blue Planet, then Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Life.

About 12 years ago Disney started the Disneynature films, most of which she has worked on with Tim Owens, Andrew Wilson and David Fluhr.

Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts is a location sound recordist and producer with over 30 years of experience. Since 1993 he has been based in Hong Kong where he operates globally for clients such as BBC and NBC News.

He is best known for his work on natural history documentaries such as the BBC’s Expeditions series, as well as landmark series such as Frozen Planet and Life. He's also worked closely with presenter Kate Humble on series such as Extreme Wives, Living With Nomads and Chinese New Year 2016: The Biggest Celebration On Earth.

Mark trained in outside broadcasts and has covered many world events starting with the Lockerbie air-crash (1988) and including six Olympic Games,  Asian tsunami (2004), Sichuan earthquake (2008) and Trump / Kim summits (2018/19). For more information please visit www.markorberts.hk


2.00pm – 3.00pmDocumentary Masterclass


Speaker: George Amponsah, Documentary FilmMaker (The Importance of Being Elegant, Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men, The Hard Stop and Enslaved)

(Chair: Alan Hayling, Editorial Director/Co Founder Renegade Pictures)

Film-maker George Amponsah’s 2004 BBC documentary The Importance of Being Elegant was shortlisted for the Grierson Award and won Best Documentary at the Zanzibar and FESPACO Film Festivals.

His documentary - The Hard Stop - was nominated for a BAFTA in 2017. It unpeals the story behind the UK riots of 2011 after Mark Duggan was shot and killed during an arrest by armed police.

Last year he was director on Enslaved - a series hosted by Samuel L. Jackson that revealed the horror of slavery through underwater archaeology.

His latest documentary for BBC One is about the British Black Power movement in the 1960s and 1970s.


4.00pm – 5.00pmEditing Masterclass

Speakers: Rahim Mastafa, Video Editor, (The Real Des The Dennis Nilsen Story, Travel Man) and Celia Haining, Editor (The Crown, Little Birds) 

(Chair: Helen Scott)

Rahim Mastafa 

Rahim has been editing since the late 2000's and learned everything he knows on the job, including camera work. Rahim had no prior training in editing, and all his previous jobs were manual, non-computer jobs and his education was in Berlin, where he lived as a child for eight years.

Rahim started out editing corporate and music videos, learning the entire post production process, before going freelance in 2004. 

He soon found work at BBC Wales and HTV Wales. He has edited news, documentaries, day time, factual, consumer affairs, entertainment, as well as behind the scenes shows and content, and some the BBC's biggest dramas shows such as Doctor Who, Sherlock, Luther, Gentleman Jack, Les Misérables and more. 

Celia Haining

After completing an undergraduate degree in English and French, Celia went on to do an MA in Film and Television Production at the Northern Media School in Sheffield. This led to her gaining her first role on a film – as a trainee – on the Sheffield-set When Saturday Comes, starring Sean Bean.

After a move to London, Celia’s next job was as an Apprentice Editor on 12 Monkeys and in the following years she worked as an Assistant Editor or Second Assistant Editor on some of the most acclaimed British films of the time, including The Full Monty, Elizabeth, Topsy-Turvy, Dirty Pretty Things, Road to Perdition and Calendar Girls.

Stepping up to work as an editor in her own right, Celia’s first credit as Editor came on Shane Meadows’s Dead Man’s Shoes, and since that time she has gone on to edit a number of independent features, most recently In Secret and Desert Dancer. In the past decade, however, Celia has been primarily been working as an editor of television dramas such as Hit & Miss, Misfits, The Passing Bells, The Five, Peaky Blinders, The End of the F***ing World, The Split, Britannia, The Crown, and Little Birds for Sky Atlantic, which she cut in its entirety.


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