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Catching up with alumni Louis Giles

Brighton Film School graduates and alumni can be found throughout the British and international film and television industries and we love hearing from our alumni and the projects they have gone on to work on and the achievements they have had.

We caught up with Louis Giles, who graduated from the Cinematography and Directing Diploma in 2015 to find out about how Brighton Film School has launched his career in film.

Hi Louis, tell us a bit about the course you did at Brighton Film School and the skills you learnt and the films you made?

I learned a great deal from the Cinematography and Directing Diploma and I still find myself regularly using what it imparted on me.

I liked the breadth of the course as it allowed me to learn about the likes of sound, which, though I didn't aim to cover during a Directing & Cinematography course, has proved particularly useful for my videography and documentary work were being well rounded is a requisite.

I also really enjoyed the depth of the course, particularly when it came to lighting, and still rely heavily on this when I'm behind camera.

Ultimately I'd say the course was as much about the teaching as about learning through practise by constantly working with classmates on projects.  This was great as it not only allowed us to put theory into practise but also to experiment, which was what I particularly needed as I hadn't had enough opportunities to do so before.  Accordingly, I treated the short film and documentary I directed as experiments and learned so much from them which I could have never been taught.

I understand you have done some professional projects since leaving - tell us a bit about those.

Yes, I've been working a lot and in a variety of roles since leaving Brighton Film School. I worked as Production Assistant a couple of times before being promoted to Production Manager on the world's first holographic feature film, Symphony To A Lost Generation.

At the end of August I will be Director of Photography on an ambitious feature film in Northern Ireland, which I'm very excited about. I have worked as DOP, Camera Operator and Lighting designer on short films and music videos since BFS but this film, The Solace Of Orpheus, will be a new challenge.

I also consistently get a fair bit of short term work as Videographer. Ultimately, I most strive to work as a self-shooting Director, and in this capacity I Directed & lit a music video, which is currently being edited, and I now am Directing a feature length documentary about a 30 year old punk band called Damidge. I am also writing my next fiction project to Direct later down the line, but in the meantime, I shall be concentrating on breaking into the documentary sector, and continuing videography work for various clients.

Part of coming to film school is to make creative connections with fellow filmmakers, did that wPart of coming to film school is to make creative connections with fellow filmmakers, did that work for you and have you got any projects lined up with your fellow alumni?

I was really lucky to have a very enthusiastic bunch of classmates and I learned a great deal from working and socialising with them.

I would certainly welcome the opportunity of working with them again, and indeed have spoken to some about potential projects.  That said, being based in London while they are in Brighton means that the practical issue of time and place is currently more of a dictating factor than our desire to work together - though I'm sure we will one day.

What would you say or what advice would you give to someone who is considering coming to Brighton Film School?

I would say be prepared to give it your all and don't be shy. Brighton Film School is a great platform for students to experiment, gain confidence and discover their own style, but it is also up to them to take the reigns and just go for it, which is ultimately the best way to learn filmmaking.

 To find out more about Louis' next project or to get in contact please visit: www.louisgiles.com