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Producer Dan Parkes visits Brighton Film School

Brighton-based Video Producer, filmmaker and former student, Dan Parkes, visited us this week to provide students on the Filmmaking HND (2nd year) with a masterclass session on working in the filmmaking industry as a freelancer.

The masterclass was part of the 2nd year students progression planning, as they come to the end of their 2-year HND course in filmmaking and get ready to move into industry or onto further study at the NFTS.

Dan Parkes is the owner of Parkes Productions Ltd, a successful multi-media production company based in Sussex and with a client list that includes Currys/PC World, the NEC Arena, BridgeStreet, Thomson Reuters Kondor+ Suite and many more.

As well as sharing his experiences of the industry and how to set yourself up as a freelancer, win work, meet and exceed clients expectations and run a business, Dan also spoke with students about any worries they might have and what kind of equipment is useful to own and how to source specialist equipment when required. Dan was also able to talk about his time at Brighton Film School studying for his Diploma in Motion Production, which is now retitled and re-launched as the BKSTS endorsed Cinematography and Directing Diploma.

Speaking of his time as a student here, Dan said:

Applying for a position on the One-Year ABFS Diploma Course in Motion Picture Production at Brighton Film School was one of the best decisions of my life; as during the three terms there, I was able to produce films which eventually went on to make my course fees back. Within a year of completing the course I had also set up a successful film production company that now operates full time, and have gone on to make a feature film starring a well respected British actor that has won several awards and is in distribution.

Unlike many other schools which will spoon feed you theory and give you limited practice, Brighton Film School is all about hands-on practice and industry opportunities.

Thanks Dan for coming to visit us again!

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Brighton Film School is a specialist, independent training facility located in central Brighton. The school offers 2-year degree level programmes in Filmmaking HNC/HND and Art Direction and Production Design HNC/HND, as well as an industry recognised Cinematography and Directing Diploma. Brighton Film School also offers evening classes inFilmmakingScreenwriting, Art Direction and Editing as well as courses for young filmmakers and Summer School. For more information or to apply please visit http://brightonfilmschool.co.uk/.