Students and graduates recruited as crew members for new BFI NETWORK-backed short film

1 February, 2022

Students and graduates from Screen and Film School Brighton were recently recruited as crew members on the upcoming BFI NETWORK-funded Short, It’s Dog To Make A Houseplant If You’re A Sandwich.

The film project was supported by BFI NETWORK (the UK-talent development programme made possible with National Lottery funding) via Film Hub South East. It was written by Brighton and Hove–based screenwriter, Olivia Waring and produced by National Film & Television School (NFTS) and BIFI NETWORK X BAFTA Crew alumnus, Jesse Romain.

Jesse reached out to Screen and Film School Brighton’s Industry Engagement team to recruit crew members for a range of roles during the three-day shoot, including floor runner, DIT, art department assistant, 3rd AD and Spark.

Seaview Meadows, Saltdean

The shooting location was Saltdean’s Seaview Meadows, just a short journey from the Film School’s home in central Brighton. This brand-new housing development features a slick, contemporary architectural style, which provided the perfect backdrop to support the short film’s aesthetic.

Jesse was very positive about the experience of working with Screen and Film School students on the project, saying:

“With Olivia the writer/director being from Brighton, it was always important we filmed there. I approached Fiona Adams (Industry and Careers Manager at Screen and Film School Brighton) when I started crewing up and she was very helpful in sharing my requirements with students and graduates.

We worked with seven students in varying roles. All had great energy and drive and were really great to have on set. They were all quick to learn and keen to help. We achieved a lot in three days and it would not have been possible without them.”

Screen and Film School students on the project

Recent Screen and Film School graduate, Zoe Fitzpatrick was among the recruited alumni for the shoot and had this to say about the experience:

“My role on the production was 3rd AD and it was a lovely crew to work with and a great experience overall! There was a good atmosphere on set, everyone was dedicated, and it was also very nice to have a portion of the crew come from Screen and Film School Brighton.”

This project for BFI NETWORK is just one example of the many vital industry engagement opportunities that form a key part of the student experience here at Screen and Film School Brighton.

The short (starring Justin Edwards and Olivia Poulet) is a satirical black comedy that asks what future there is for us while we continue to let technological advancements mold us and the way we live. We do so much to create new technologies, and spend so much time using them. But how much effort would go into maintaining the comfort and happiness of humans in a future where the capabilities of technology have eclipsed our own?

We look forward to seeing the finished film at a screening in Brighton very soon, as well as providing updates on many more exciting industry engagement opportunities throughout 2022.



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