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Success Stories in Film

Filmmaking is a competitive business. It takes passion, commitment and talent to succeed, and a little friendly advice at the right time can come in handy too.

We've interviewed dozens of professionals who have built a career in the industry and asked them how they did it, what they think about their jobs, and what advice they have for people trying to break in now. And we've also tracked down ten of the most established UK film companies and asked them the secret of their success.

Mustapha Kseibati - Writer/Director

Mustapha Kseibati

It's been a busy and exciting year for writer/director Mustapha Kseibati as he develops his debut feature film along with being selected for the British film industry's most prestigious mentoring programme, Guiding Lights.

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Inside Pictures participants meet LA Industry

This week participants on the Creative Skillset-funded training scheme Inside Pictures are off to Los Angeles to meet some of the key players in Hollywood.

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Amanda Boyle - Director - CAST OFFs

Amanda Boyle has directed episodes of CAST OFFs, now showing on Channel 4.

Four years ago Amanda Boyle was working in development for a producer at Working Title Films. After being picked as a 'star of tomorrow' by Screen International, Amanda, who had been making her own films on the side for a while, realised she had to finally take the plunge and focus on directing.

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Emmet Cahill - Skillset Film Futures Beneficiary

Emmet Cahill has upgraded his skills as a grip by obtaining the recently introduced HSE Scuba qualification. This qualification is a requirement for any commercial diving activity in the UK and a must have in the Film industry for all members of stunt or camera teams working under water.

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Paul Cave - Camera Operator

A camera operator's job is to look through the camera to compose and film the shot

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Hear from a beneficiary of the SIF

APATS graduate Matt Lawson

Matt Lawson is a graduate of APATS, the Production Guild's Assistant Accountants scheme for new entrants. Hear the story of his training that he shared with guests at our SIF celebration on 1 Feb 2012.

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Guiding Lights

Guiding Lights Mentors and Mentees

Guiding Lights, launched by Creative Skillset and Brighton based training provider Lighthouse, pairs established film industry practitioners with 26 of the hottest new talents in the UK for 12 months of mentoring, advice and support.

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Rebekah Gilbertson - Film Futures Beneficiary

Film Futures Bursarie recipient - Rebekah Gilbertson

Creative Skillset's Film Futures bursary scheme was introduced to allow targeted grades and fields to attend short courses, masterclasses and conferences in priority areas such as business skills, new technologies and health and safety. First time feature producer Rebekah Gilbertson received a bursary from the scheme to attend the Screen International UK Film Finance Summit in October 2005.

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Jodi Smith - Editor

Essentially, a film editor's job is to assemble all the footage taken during a shoot into a seamless end product

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