MediaAlumni003Jack Leigh1

 

“I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the campus and the fact I had to go through quite a rigorous interview. It felt like they were taking me seriously.”

When every job – even the most junior – can attract literally hundreds of applications, you have to make yourself stand out from the crowd. That’s the top tip from Film and TV Production graduate Jack Leigh.

“It’s important to ensure you build your work experience profile as a student,” advises Jack. “Production companies can receive 200 applications for just one entry level job, so you need to get your name known.”

And Jack should know. Since graduating in 2012, he’s been working hard on projects ranging from feature films – 71, Fast & Furious 6, Northern Soul and Get Santa being four of the most recently released – to commercials for Reebok, Tesco, Lucozade and outdoors brand Peter Storm. He’s also just about to head overseas on an assignment that will see him travel to Kenya and beyond.

As a student Jack undertook work experience at Blue Peter in his first year, and with Hurricane Films, a film production company in Liverpool, a year later.

It’s not a bad CV for someone who didn’t realise a career in film could even be an option for him.

“I was always interested in science” says Jack. “Then I found I was watching physics documentaries and was more interested in how they were made than the science itself. I initially thought I wanted to be a script writer, then I discovered the Edge Hill course.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the campus and the fact I had to go through quite a rigorous interview. It felt like they were taking me seriously.”

Jack says the course takes a broad brush approach to the skills you need in film production, which has proved handy for some of his roles since graduation. The fact that he can film, edit and write has been invaluable, as has being able to learn ‘on the job’, honing his craft and making short films.

However, he says anyone starting this career path at the bottom has to be prepared for some practical challenges too. He’s worked his way up from being a runner, to now, as an Assistant Producer, and one day aims to have his own production company.

He adds:

“Be prepared. When you start out, you are going to have to make tea, and you are going to have to deal with grumpy extras, and you are going to have to learn where to find those extras. But it’s all vital experience and every job – from the runner up – is as important as any other.”

For full course information on BA (Hons) Film and Television at Edge Hill click here.