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Catching up with Brighton Film School alumni - JP Dahlgren

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 JP Dahlgren, 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 JP, tell us a bit about the course you did at BFS and the skills you learnt and the films you made?

I took the year long Cinematography and Directing Diploma course. It was exactly what I was looking for, a course that touched on a wide spectrum of basic filmmaking skills to provide a good basis for expanding knowledge and creating opportunities to work with film. Working on films in class enabled me to get comfortable with equipment and roles and identify peers and qualities that are compatible with my filming style and personality.

I understand you have some great projects and plans lined up, can you tell us about them?

In January 2016, I spent a few weeks as production manager for Andrew Kotting's film Lek and the Dogs in Chile, South America. I met Kotting's director of photography Nick Gordon-Smith at the BFS when he came in to show and talk about his work which I found inspiring and moving. I kept in touch with Gordon-Smith via email and was later offered a job with the film he was working on with Kotting, whose work I also familiarized myself with through the film school and admired. It was a great experience working with them and Salon Pictures.

In March I travelled to Mozambique, Africa and did some filming for a docufiction that I am working on and now, back in Oslo, Norway, I have a few film projects lined up for this summer. I also fly back to Brighton on occasions to work with former BFS classmate Nick Grimwood's films.

Part 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 have been involved with several of BFS alumni Nick Grimwood's films. We work well together. There are a handful of former BFS classmates that I keep in contact with because, apart from a genuine friendship, I enjoyed working with them and could see some potential for future collaboration within film. I feel it is important to support fellow filmmakers and assist those who are motivated and active. Commitment and drive creates inspiration and being active and involved in the environment in any form enables building a team and pool of potential collaborators and coworkers; individuals who share the passion for filmmaking.

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

Brighton Film School is a non traditional school that creates a flexible and creative work environment. Like all schools, you get what you put into it. The school offers opportunities to gain a basic understanding for film equipment with the potential to expand in areas of particular interest and opportunities to meet and talk to professionals in various sections of the industry.

Brighton Film School offers everything you need in a film school with a more personal touch.


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