What Film School teaches you

One of the latest CookeOpticsTV episodes features Oliver Stapleton BSC, who is the Co-Head of cinematography at the world-renowned National Film And Television School (NTFS).

Oliver discusses what are the most common mistakes students make when first arriving at the school. What can students do to improve? How can this be applied in the film industry?

It is interesting to hear that the average age of the students at the National Film And Television School is 27. What I found fascinating is that both directors and cinematographers turn up to attend film school and neither truely knows what their actual roles are. Oliver talks about how students learn about the importance of collaboration

NTFS graduates include Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins, Oscar-winning animator Nick Park, creator of Wallace & Gromit, acclaimed directors Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here, We Need to Talk About Kevin) and David Yates (the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and renowned documentary makers Kim Longinotto (Pink Saris, Gaea Girls) and Nick Broomfield (Whitney: Can I Be Me, Kurt and Courtney).

The NFTS runs more than 30 MA, Diploma and Certificate courses – as well as numerous short courses – across a range of film, television and games disciplines. We have more behind the camera courses than any other film school, including core craft areas such as directing and cinematography as well as specialist areas such as script supervision and production accounting.

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