First-hand evidence of the opportunities available to students studying the BA (Hons) Film Studies with Film Production degree were recently provided when an inspirational alumni returned to Edge Hill to speak to third year students.
Hannah Moulder, an office runner for Big Talk Productions, an award-winning company behind films such as Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead as well as the Him and Her and Friday Night Dinner TV programmes, was invited on campus by Jenny Barrett, Programme Leader in Film Studies.
“Hannah has been a huge inspiration to our students simply by reputation, so we knew we had to invite her in,” explains Jenny. “It is extremely motivating for the students to meet someone who studied the same degree as them and who is now forging ahead in a very successful career.”
Hannah was delighted to be asked to speak to the students and used the opportunity to talk about her journey since graduation, while also offering some timely advice about the best ways to forge a career in the media industry.
“When I graduated I wanted to secure a relevant job and so, by using the contacts I had made during my work placements, obtained some work on Dickinson’s Real Deal, which really gave me the bug to get into the industry. Following this, I gained an internship with a small production company in London, which was a huge leap for me to take.”
Through this, Hannah made further contacts and went to Edinburgh for a month to the fringe festival, working on film premieres, becoming a freelance runner and making short promo videos. Following these projects, Hannah became the assistant producer of the Funny Women Awards 2013 and secured a full-time position at a post-production house in Soho. This led to an offer of employment at Big Talk, where she is currently working today.
Hannah’s journey to Big Talk has involved a great deal of hard work, which is what she believes is the key to success, “You really do need to be focused whilst also being yourself and enjoying it too” she says. “You also need to balance your work with your outside interests and it was my active interest in the comedy scene that was noticed by Big Talk.
The career path Hannah wishes to continue on is comedy development and she believes that becoming a runner is a great way to get your foot in the door with a company and develop yourself further, with it often leading to finding yourself in some amazing situations too, “Some surreal moments for me have been The Worlds End film premiere and having Simon Pegg photobomb us, as well as meeting many of my comedy heroes.”
To find out more about Edge Hill’s Film Studies with Film Production degree, visit: www.edgehill.ac.uk/studyfilmtv