Sofia joined the Student Union as RSDFM president and feels she has had splendid opportunities. With the Union, she has put on shows, hosted conferences with the BFI, UK Cinema Association and production companies, held screenings, and worked with students and faculty to make sure everything is running smoothly both socially and academically.
Programme: BA (Hons) Film, TV & Digital Media Production
I should probably be far more interested in Kubrick’s first short, or obscure, black-and-white Italian silent films – but I’m afraid I’ve not yet reached such depth of mind. And yet that is what all film courses I researched during my gap year incorporated – film history, film theory and the language of film.
And then there was Regent’s – suddenly I found a course based in practical experience, with plenty of variety and a ridiculously attractive campus… There was no competition.
The programme explores all aspects of film, television and digital media production. We get free rein to create our films, we get to work in the unbelievable TV studio and gallery to broadcast live shows, and we collaborate with students on the other programmes to create the content we want. What we study doesn’t just look good on paper, it is realised and produced to the standard we want. It becomes something we can show prospective employers, and it is something I thoroughly enjoy doing.
But no matter which course you choose, you won’t be restricted in choosing a professional area to go into after university. You have the opportunity to get involved in a huge number of projects, and perhaps you’ll find during your studies that you’d rather be a screenwriter than an actor, or direct live-shows instead of working with costumes.
Through the initiative of my tutors, I was hired for an internship at Roast Beef Productions, based in Soho. I spent four months researching classic cars and dead playwrights’ muses, drinking lots of coffee and filming. It made for an absolutely brilliant summer.
For an industry like the one I hope to work in, London is a gold mine. Between the abundance of production companies, cultural variety and stimulating environment, there is little left to be desired. And honestly the pubs don’t hurt either.
I’m twenty years old, and I have so much to try and see before I settle into anything. We get to work in such a range of roles: I’ve been a vision mixer, producer, presenter, screenwriter, sound engineer, actress (one of my less successful areas), camera operator, editor and set designer, but I think my goal remains to direct feature films.