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Excellence Scholarship winner Ellis Green in the Catalyst building.Ellis Green is aiming to make a mark in the world of film, with the help of Edge Hill University.

The 19-year-old Excellence Scholarship winner from Milton Keynes is in the first year of a Film and Television Production degree at Edge Hill University, having previously completed a BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production.

“I really liked the campus at Edge Hill,” noted Ellis, who has settled well into life in the north-west of England. “I knew, as soon as I heard about the course from the programme lecture on the open day, this is where I wanted to come.”

Ellis has continued to develop her scriptwriting skills since college, although directing is increasingly the direction she’s looking to take. But where does her inspiration lie, and what projects is she looking to undertake during her time at Edge Hill?

“Every day I get inspiration from the five senses: touch, sight, sound, taste and smell. I also use my past experiences to create and if I have something in my head, I will write it down in my notepad on my phone.”

Scripts have included work on a short horror film plus a Christmas advert, while production on another advert, for headphones, are particular projects from which she took pride in.

Ellis’ efforts led to a role as an Info Film Youth ambassador and a subsequent invite to the Ajyal Film Festival in Qatar, although it was an experience tinged with a hint of frustration.

“We had to go through an application process where only four UK people got selected. Unfortunately, I got declined to go on the flight due to my Nut Allergy therefore, I couldn’t go out to see the films. However, I am still ecstatic that I managed to get selected.”

Like many film students looking for their break into the industry, luck can play a big part – as can geography.

“Where I live, there aren’t many opportunities and trying to get work experience is a massive struggle. This is a constant problem as it will set you back against other people going up for the same job once you come out of education.”

Although it is easier – and cheaper – to make and distribute your own material, Ellis insists competition is as fierce as it always was.

“The media industry is constantly growing, therefore, there are always going to be a lot of people going up for the same job. It is extremely competitive.

“I don’t perceive rejection as a bad thing though. It gives you time to build up your CV, therefore, if you have more experience, the more likely employers are going to ask you to go for an interview.”

Ellis, whose current projects include a short film entitled Painter’s, feels her creativity has benefited from the move to Edge Hill.

“I have come up with new ideas, as it is a new experience. I’m still trying to find my way around different areas and finding new ideas every day. I’m sure there will be more to come soon as well.”

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