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Careers in Film

Watersprite: The Cambridge International Student Film Festival

Saturday, 2 March 2013 from 15:00 to 16:30 (GMT)

Careers in Film

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An opportunity not to be missed by anyone wanting to work in the film industry, this is your chance to discover the diverse careers available in the film world. It's a fantastic opportunity for you to meet the speakers from our festival’s events, as well as exclusive visits from field specialists. Discover the truth behind the jobs in the film and television world and get advice on how to navigate your way into and through the industry.

The 'speed-dating' format of this event is a fun and relaxed alternative to the tedious Internet research of job descriptions. Whether you want to drop in to meet one particular speaker or want to use the opportunity to generally find out more about jobs you didn't know existed, the Careers in Film Event will be a great chance to take a closer step into the film industry.

Once you sign up for the event we will send you an emails asking you to put the speakers in order of preference of who you would most like to meet. You will probably be able to see around six professionals, but the slots will be allotted on a first come first served basis so please get in early to ensure you get your preference.

Meet the professionals (more to be confirmed shortly so watch this space):


Danny Clark is a Junior Draughtsman, working alongside Oscar-nominated production designers at a level that involves conceptual and on screen involvement; he creates storyboards, builds models and designs sets. Danny has worked on films including Snow White and the Huntsman, Anna Karenina and Wrath of the Titans.


Matthew Stephenson has created animation for games contracted by Microsoft, Konami and Sony, as well as working on character animation for television. Matthew’s game credits include Kinect Disneyland Adventures, Kinectimals, Lostwinds 2: Winter of the Melodias and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Wererabbit. Most recently he has been working with 1461 Ltd on the development of children’s television series Boy and the Dinosaur.


Susan Brand is a documentary editor and story consultant with over 15 years experience in London and New York. She has edited documentaries for Channel 4 and the BBC including ‘The Wonders of the Universe’ presented by Brian Cox. She sees herself as a hybrid editor, combining American emphasis on strong story structure with a European love of emotional complexity, whimsy and strong visual creativity.



Shooting People is an international networking organisation dedicated to the support and promotion of independent filmmaking.


Representatives from Shooting People are:


Sarah Chorley is Operations Director at Shooting People.After studying Film and Journalism, Sarah worked in pre-production for independent production companies Slate Films and Signal Films. She later went back to school to get an MA in Documentary Research, and then spent several years as a researcher, on films including micro budget feature The British Guide to Showing Off. Stints at the London Disability Film Festival and Cambridge Film Festival followed, before Sarah joined Shooting People in 2011.Sarah has served on juries for this year’s East End Film Festival and Depict! and keeps up a healthy diet of short film watching, across documentary, animation, live action and music videos.

Stephanie Walton has been at Shooting People for over 2 years. During that time she has been managing and developing the monthly short film competition (Film of the Month) and regional networking events (Shooters in the Pub.) She is an avid watcher of short film and keen follower of UK and international film festivals/competitions and is always looking for new projects which support the filmmaking community.

Xenia Glen hosts Shooting People's monthly networking night in London. She has a background in acting and an interest in all elements of filmmaking. Xenia also manages Shooting People's connection with different training organisations.


Will Massa is Development Co-ordinator for Rankin Film (the new film wing of photographer, Rankin) overseeing their recently launched Collabor8te Shorts Scheme, a short film initiative designed to unearth and develop new filmmaking talent.

He is also a Film Advisor to the British Council, looking after the department’s Short Film activities. Will is also a freelance script consultant working on both feature and short screenplays.


Steffen Wild founded production company Fourth Culture Films. He has been professionally involved in over 90 productions to date in both the US and Europe working with clients such as 20th Century Fox, BBC and Arte.

Steffen worked as a producer on the award-winning war epic Nanking! Nanking! (‘City of Life and Death’ – UK Title), which led him to become an official advisor to the European Parliament on Sino co-production with Asia.


Will McGregor has a longstanding relationship with Watersprite - the festival taking its name his Film of the Year Award-wining short, 'Who's Afraid of the Water Sprite?'.

Since graduating in 2010, William has been directing commercials for The Mill with brands such as Ford, Sega and Barclays. William is also about to begin his tv drama career, directing the new season of Misfits.

Alongside his tv and commercial work, William is also developing his first feature film The Rising with Watersprite patron, Hilary Bevan Jones, and The BFI.


Michael Csany Wills graduated from the Royal Academy of Music as a pianist, but whilst there found himself increasingly drawn to composition. Since then, he has written works that range from solo instrumental pieces and chamber music to Orchestral works and film scores.

Since 1997 Michael has collaborated with composer Nigel Clarke on several film scores that include Warner Brothers’ films The Little Vampire, The Little Polar Bear and The Thief Lord, as well as independent films such as Jinnah, Rocket Post and The Baseline.

Michael was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in January 2012.


Ruth Cooper-Brown and Rachel Bown-Williams are fight coordinators. They established RC-Annie in 2005, choreographing dramatic violence for film and theatre, teaching combat and providing fight artists. They are often involved right from the pre-production stage in training performers, designing the action and devising the sequences for camera, and have worked in all genres including horror, sci-fi and period drama.



 As our tickets are free of charge and in very high demand, we are obliged to oversell tickets for each event. We therefore stress that we cannot completely guarantee you a seat, even if you have booked. Please arrive 5 minutes before the event time and if you haven't checked in by the start time your ticket will be reallocated. If you have not been able to reserve a ticket in advance you can turn up at the door as we may have last minute tickets available. Please get there 10 minutes before and be prepared to queue. 



When & Where

Chetwynd Room, King's College

Saturday, 2 March 2013 from 15:00 to 16:30 (GMT)

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