Liverpool’s waterfront – one of the city’s many great film locations

Finding the perfect location is a vital part of making a film, as Television Production Management student Eleanor Fox found during a work placement with the Liverpool Film Office (LFO), which was made possible by the newly-launched Student Opportunity Fund.

As well as learning how to manage the LFO’s database of locations, crews and projects, Eleanor also got a taste of dealing with new projects submitted and how to resolve any problems filmmakers might have, including space, permissions and even parking and catering.

She said: “It was so interesting to see how the LFO works and I tried to soak all of the information up!

“This experience was very important for my future employment as it gave me information about how projects start up and get made, as well as all the things you need to think about when selecting a location, and this enabled me to identify areas that I was particularly interested in for future careers. It also gave me invaluable references for the future.”

Jacqui Rafferty, Production Coordinator at Liverpool Film Office, added:

“Eleanor’s request arrived in our inbox, among many others, and in just a few lines it was her character, clear understanding of what she wanted, as well as her enthusiasm, which really shone through in her email and impressed us immensely.

Having Eleanor in the office for two weeks over the summer proved a massive help in the day to day running of such a busy time at the Liverpool Film Office. We will be keeping in touch and watching with excitement as Eleanor progresses in the film and TV world once she finishes her studies.”

The Student Opportunity Fund provides financial support to enable students to access career-enhancing projects or activities. It was a lifeline for Eleanor as she was at home in Nottingham for half of the placement and needed to travel to Liverpool and stay locally.

“The SOF helped immensely with all of the accommodation and travel costs,” said Eleanor, “so that I could comfortably get to the office every day and didn’t need to worry about the cost of this amazing experience.”