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Interview with Brighton Film School Patron Michele D'Acosta

Brighton Film School is honoured to include amongst our industry patrons, Feature Documentary Producer Michele D'Acosta (Biggie and Tupac, Kurt and Courtney, South Coast). Our patrons provide an important link to the film industry, the film school and our students and are fantastic ambassadors for the school, endorsing us through their achievements and professional networks. We work closely with our ambassadors to ensure that our courses and the skills we develop match the needs of the industry.

We caught up with Michele to find out a bit more about the projects she is currently working on and her advice for anyone who wants to enter the British film industry.

Hi Michele, great to catch up with you. Can you tell us a bit about some of the projects you have coming up and you are working on?

I’m developing several new projects including an experimental short film about climate change, a feature doc about a community of Native American architects spearheading a resistance movement to the Dakota Access Pipeline, and a sequel to the Biggie and Tupac documentary.

What for you, is the most exciting and rewarding part of being involved in the film industry?

It’s an incredible privilege to have worked in the film industry since I was in my early twenties. Growing up I couldn’t have imagined that it was possible to make a living as a storyteller, to document the personal histories of some of the most significant people of our time: from the Apollo astronauts that walked on the moon, to music icons including Kurt Cobain, Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, Damon Albarn and Blur, and to have worked collaboratively with the extraordinary filmmaker Nick Broomfield.

What advice would you offer to someone aspiring or just starting out in the film industry?

Making films is an opportunity to get out of one’s comfort zone and to immerse oneself in another person’s reality. To do this it helps to study the creative approach of other artists, writers and filmmakers -- with the emphasis on examining the methodology of artists who come from a broad spectrum of class and cultural backgrounds. The further you can walk in another person’s shoes the more you feed your imagination, transcend your core beliefs (about yourself and the world) and begin to establish your personal voice.

You're one of the industry patrons for Brighton Film School. What is it about the film school that you feel helps young people access the film industry and the importance of the role it plays for the industries future?

Brighton Film School deserves praise for the way in which the school introduces its students to film industry professionals through a programme of masterclasses, networking events, film screenings, Q&As and one-to-one mentoring sessions.

Giving students this level of access to experienced film professionals is a reason why Brighton Film School warrants its place as one of the top ten film schools in the UK.

Brighton Film School is a specialist, independent training facility located in central Brighton. The school offers two 2-year HNC/HND (equivalent to the first two years of a degree) programmes in Filmmaking and Set Design for Film and TV, a third-year BA (Hons) Film Production Top-up Degree, as well as an industry recognised Cinematography and Directing Diploma and Set Design for Film and TV Diploma. Brighton Film School also offers evening classes inFilmmakingScreenwriting and Set Design, as well as courses for young filmmakers and Summer Schools.

For more information or to apply please visit www.brightonfilmschool.co.uk