Week Ten in the From Her Point of View was a milestone: the two groups began shooting their films! Catch up with Kerrie, one of the young women taking part in the training who is also acting as Press Agent for the films…
Well folks, the week was finally upon us: time to put everything we’ve learned so far into practise and get down to the nitty gritty business of why we amazing women were all brought together: to make two short films!
Before production commenced though, Noomi [Yates, Programme Coordinator] and the team at Knowle West Media Centre held a special event: an opportunity to and network with guests – women who are at the top of their game in the film and television industries.
There was also a panel discussion exploring some of the issues female filmmakers come across. Those of us on the From Her Point of View programme were also invited, to be a part of the networking and to highlight what the programme is all about. Unfortunately, this Press Agent was ill and unable to attend the evening, which made me sad and relieved in equal measure. I say relieved for the pure and simple reason that I’ve never been great at networking or approaching people to start conversations. I’m not great at selling myself to people or having confidence in my abilities, so I probably would have been the shy one in the corner waiting for folks to come to me; not a great series of traits at an event like this!
Having said that, I’ve learned a lot about myself and how I can be better thanks to the example set by these amazing ladies. If I’m to get to where I want to be and get my foot in the door of a creative industry like this, I need to have confidence in myself and what I’m able to do, so in that sense I’m incredibly sad to have missed the event. I’ll be brushing up my skills for any more networking events that come my way.
There wasn’t a session on Friday, due to the fact the ladies had films to shoot! Stay tuned for next week where, along with some filming updates, we had a lesson on submitting our films to festivals…
This programme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.