RTS bursary helps film student follow passion at Staffordshire University
A promising young filmmaker has made a flying start on his degree course at Staffordshire University after receiving an exclusive bursary to help him pursue his passion for film production.
Louis Garner, 18, from Wimbledon, was selected by The Royal Television Society to receive £1000 for each year of his studies and has just completed this first term of the BA (Hons) Media (Film) Production course at the University.
Louis is among only 20 Television Production and Broadcast Journalism undergraduates in the UK to receive the bursary. Bsc (Hons) Film Production Technology student Connar Mills was also selected. The recipients were selected by a panel of industry professionals following an open call to UK students applying for courses at accredited Universities.
Louis believes his enthusiasm for filmmaking and previous work experience with film production companies made him stand out from the crowd and he has already got stuck in with his studies, producing a documentary film with course mates shot during a trip to the Lake District.
“It’s been an amazing experience and what I’ve learnt so far has been great. The technology here is much more advanced than what I’ve used before.”
Louis added: “I want to go into directing, producing or post-production so hopefully I’ll find out what I’m really interested in throughout the course.”
In addition to the bursary, Louis will receive mentoring and free membership of the RTS and The Hospital Club – a private members club for those in the creative industries – while studying, and one year’s free membership of the RTS after graduating.
“I think it’s really beneficial for me - not only will I be able to make great contacts but I’ll be able to go to all these amazing events that they hold.” explained Louis.
“With the bursary I’m hoping to fund my future films with the University and create something really good.”
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