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Richard Otlet

Richard graduated in November 2013 and works as a logger at BBC Elstree Studio and Post Production.
How did you get that job?
I had a job as a runner at Envy Post Production, I left and found an agent who got me the job at the BBC.
What was the most useful aspect of studying Post Production at Solent?

The fact that they gave us real projects with scripts or goals, experience of working with different material is good, whether it iwas news  or drama. It gave us a clients and an aim with material that we haven’t been involved in, which, as an editor we wouldn’t have filmed ourselves. It was a good insight into the industry.
If you could give your undergraduate self a helpful piece of advice, what would it be?
Work on different projects, take any opportunity you can and learn Avid. Learn how to make a Latte because you would be how surprised how much I needed to know that!
What is your proudest moment?
Would have to be my Final Major Project, I lived and breathed that project.
Finally, where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
In 5 years I want to be an offline editor for either film or TV.

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Richard was interviewed September 2014

 

Stuart Jones

Stuart graduated in 2012 and is now a Broadcast Avid Assistant at a company called ‘Prime Focus’.
How did you get that job?
My first job was running at BBC Studios and Post Production. Which then led onto me becoming a Data Wrangler on Strictly Come Dancing. Through both those jobs I steadily began to make contacts, who took my CV or passed it on which then lead onto me getting an interview at Prime.
What do you think is the most valuable piece of information or learning that you received at Solent?
I guess going to university allowed me to realise that I really did want to work in Post Production. In first year I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be in production, studio or post. By the time I graduated I had no doubt I wanted to end up in Post.
If you could give your undergraduate self a helpful piece of advice, what would it be?
I would say just make the most of every opportunity and if you have a contact don’t feel like you’re bothering them, they are usually keen to help.
What is your proudest moment?
Working on Strictly was amazing. There was no let up for three months but every week it felt worth it. More recently, Prime Focus worked on the whole post production of Channel 4’s Live from Space. It’s the most stressful and problematic thing I have worked on but sitting down and watching the end result was a pretty proud moment.
Where do you want to be/where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I would love to be a Offline Drama Editor, but to be honest, I’d just settle for still being in the industry!
https://www.linkedin.com/pub/stuart-jones/4a/52/872

Interviewed October 2014

Jamie Webb

Jamie graduated in 2014 and works for an advertising company called ‘Maverick Advertising and Design’ as a Digital Asset Manager/Assistant Editor.
What do you think is the most valuable piece of information or learning that you received at Solent?
I think the most important thing I gained from Solent was contacts with industry professionals. For example, when they ran the Solent Post day last year I managed to gain contacts with the editors that came along that day. However, the most important thing I learnt was when I did the Avid Certification Course because this enabled me to get the job I am doing at the moment, it’s very widely used in the industry.
If you could give your undergraduate self a helpful piece of advice, what would it be?
Take every opportunity that comes your way because you never know when the next one will come along. I did 4 months or so of doing various work experience and then had about 6 months without any and it’s hard to get back on the horse.
What is your proudest moment?
The best project I have worked on at Solent was when I worked as an edit trainee for a Channel 4 drama called ‘Utopia’. At Solent I became associated with a company called ‘Jack in the Box Films’ where I worked on a variety of projects including a 20 min drama and a 5 minute film, shot on a 4K RED EPIC camera and I got to learn the workflow for that
Where do you want to be/where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I would like to be working in broadcast TV as an assistant editor, hopefully on a high end drama but I’m aiming high there.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamiewebbeditor

Interviewed October 2014