Chocolate Films filmmaker Nathaniel was recently invited onto the guest panel of the Incredible Brilliant Youth TV and Film event. IBY teamed us with House of Vans to invite young people from the UK to attend workshops and a panel discussion to hear the top tips of how to get into film and TV in one brilliant event. Here, Nathaniel reveals some of the top tips that he shared and how you too can get into film.
What and where did you study?
I studied at Digital Film and TV at Greenwich University. The course was very much based in practice and this gave me the camera and editing skills to start creating films straight out of uni.
Can you tell us about your career path?
After leaving uni I worked freelance for several different agencies and production companies. Chocolate Films was first recommended to me while I was working for The National Maritime Museum, I was particularly drawn to them because of their expertise in factual filmmaking for the top galleries and museums in the country.
What was a key factor in helping you find work in the film and TV industry?
A big factor when finding work was that I was always shooting and creating films, whether for clients such as the The National Maritime Museum or personal projects that I wanted to make. The key for me was to keep busy and to keep creating. Which is why I was so keen to work for Chocolate Films as they run a project called 1000 Londoners. 1000 Londoners is a filmmaking project that aims to create 1000 short documentaries on Londoners, creating a digital portrait that truly reflects the diversity of London. I’m really lucky that my job gives me the opportunity to be creative and to try things out.
What tips would you give someone starting out in the industry?
Make stuff! Be constantly creating films and working on projects. This is why 1000 Londoners is such a great opportunity, it’s open to public submission so anyone can enter a film and we have screening for each of our seasons at cinemas around London. Chocolate Films also runs workshops and drop-in filmmaking and animations sessions at events all around London. These are a great introduction to filmmaking or place to expand your skills.
Take a look at our workshops here.