The day after my induction to become a Creative Skillset trainee, I had my first film interview. I’d had the call on Friday to invite me for an interview on the Monday.
Top tip! When you’re sent a PDF document with directions to find the production office, believe them when they say it’s tricky to find.
Thankfully they’d also provided me with a picture of a wooden door which made the search easier. I saw people climbing in and out of a small section of the large door, it was very Harry Potter-esque. I asked a tall man about to bend down to climb in if the film company was based here, to which he replied ‘yes, you’ve found it’ and we both continued to climb into the mysterious opening.
Inside it was a Tardis, a huge stone building with different film names written on arrows pointing off in different directions. After signing in with a man who sat alone in the very large foyer with a book and pen, I followed the arrows to the production office.
I was in awe of what I saw when I walked in. From the dark stone corridors I walked into a bright, large windows, high ceiling production office which was bustling with organised chaos. When I looked in front of me I saw one of my favourite actors, soon to be director, discussing music for the film. I felt so lucky to be there and was captivated by the creative discussion.
Then came the interview, I was taken to another room and we had a discussion. I expressed my love of the company, we spoke about the production in depth, we discussed living locations. The conversation came naturally and I mentioned all the points I wanted to mention. For an outsider looking in you’d think it was going very well and I left feeling positive.
Then the lesson came. After an agonising wait of not hearing anything, I got in contact. On this occasion, despite the positivity and good feedback from the company, I wasn’t successful. In fact they decided not to take on any production trainees. With film, there are so many components in place, so many variables, discussions and politics that you can’t take anything for granted. I was gutted and confused but that feeling will be something I’ll have to get used to.
Instead what I can take away from this is that I met and spoke with industry professionals from my department. The interview experience alone was not only thrilling but great practise. I had great feedback and hopefully that will count for something as I progress with my career. If my CV falls in front of the production secretary or manager again, maybe things will work out differently.
Photo by me.
My latest cinema trip was to see ‘Their Finest‘. Gemma Arterton is such a pleasure to watch, what better life lesson is there than when your life is crashing around you, just to sink yourself into what you’re passionate about. Bill Nighy plays the ‘I’m in love with myself’ character so well now, he’s accepted the role is for him and it’s effortless, so many laugh out loud moments which bring light relief to the harrowing setting of World War II London.