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Three students gain places at prestigious BFI National Academy

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Samuel Heavens (18), Matthew Hill (17) and Imogen McPherson (17) have won a place at the British Film Institute (BFI) Film Academy Craft Residential, which takes place for two weeks over Easter at the BFI National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield.

The three Long Road students are part of a group of only 66 students selected from across the country – and this is the third year running that Long Road students have gained a place on the Academy.

On the Academy, the students will work with top industry professionals to make short films. They will also have masterclasses with top auteur and commercial film-makers and learn a craft specialism.

Imogen, who is taking A level Film Studies, Photography and Art, has been selected for the Cinematography course, while Sam and Matt, who are both taking the 180-credit Level 3 Diploma in Media (equivalent to three A levels) will be taking Sound Mixing and Recording as their specialism.

As well as the two-week course, the students will also be attending a pre-weekend in March: this is to help the participants and tutors get to know each other so that they can ‘hit the ground running’ at the Academy.

The three students’ success follows on from their work when they joined fifteen other students at the BFI Regional Academy, which was hosted by Long Road Sixth Form College over the October 2015 half term.  The participants made short films, working with international directors, producers, actors, scriptwriters and cinematographers Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele, Stefan Georgiou, George MacKay, Rick Harvey, Neil Oseman and former Long Road student and film-maker Ryd Cook.  They also visited the BFI National Archive in Hertfordshire.

Barney Oram, Long Road Media Diploma teacher, says:

“Imogen, Sam and Matt have built on what they learned at the Regional event to make their successful applications to the National Academy. Their acceptance continues the excellent track record that Long Road students have at being accepted on the prestigious National Academy.

“With a total of 66 places available across the UK, to have three students taking part is testament to the excellence of the work produced by students in the Long Road Lens-Based Media department. Long Road is one of the most successful individual centres for having students both succeed on the Regional Academy and then progress onto the National Academy.”

Samuel Heavens says:

“I’m really excited to be taking part in the Craft Residential at the NFTS. I hope to learn a lot from the course, which will help me both with current projects, and through and beyond university. Working alongside industry professionals will be an amazing experience and will develop my career path into the film industry.”

Imogen McPherson says:

“I am so pleased to have been accepted into the BFI NFTS Craft Residential.  It will be an amazing opportunity to help me make my way into the film industry. I have been interested in the role of Cinematographer for quite a while and am very fortunate to be able to use such professional equipment and be taught by successful people in the film industry on the Academy.”

Matthew Hill says:

“I am very pleased to have been selected for the BFI NFTS Craft Residential. I am looking forward to working with industry professionals and learning from the very best. I believe that the NFTS will expand my career goals and opportunities in the film industry, and hopefully I’ll continue to make films in the future.”