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Lucy Rose

Career Path: Filmmaker, Self-Employed
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

I've always wanted to make films and since leaving the course I've become award-winning in my field and have also been commissioned by the BFI for a script I started working on after I graduated. 

What are you doing now?Lucy Wilson-Green

I am currently working on my debut novel and my debut feature screenplay. Having taken part in a broad range of exciting schemes for emerging talent, I'm putting my energy into my creative pursuits (almost full-time). My last short film (She Lives Alone) was financed by the BFI Network, and went to a range of BAFTA and Oscar-qualifying festivals, ending its journey both being bought by beloved horror distributor, ALTER, and by winning a regional Royal Television Society award for Best Drama Under £100k. My forthcoming short film is due at the end of 2022. 

 

In 2021, my feature film in development was accepted into the Edinburgh Talent Lab Connects scheme, where I got to develop my treatment over the course of a year in the prestigious lab. In 2022, I was accepted onto BIFA Springboard and the Curtis Brown Creative Breakthrough mentorship. 

 

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I wanted to study somewhere that could keep me in the north of England, but I also wanted to go somewhere I knew I would get practical experience. Northumbria University has a reputation for its creative courses for fostering practitioners as well as scholars and I wanted that hands-on experience.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?:

During my BA and MA (both of which I studied at Northumbria), I found you get out what you put in. If you put your heart and soul into your studies and into practising your craft, you will come out a professional ready to approach the industry. 

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?:

I took several placements during my studies at very prestigious broadcasters and film production houses, getting experience across the breadth of the industry. Working in high-end television, indie film, and household name corporate film, I was able to make sure my CV was ready before I graduated. I was later offered a full-time job in high-end television with a broadcaster, which I took before leaving the course. It was hard to balance the last of my studies with the remainder of my degree, but it gave me the kick start I needed. 

What was the best thing about your course?:

The independence for sure. Like I said, with creative courses, what you get out is what you put in. Both on my MA and my BA, we were trusted to really go and find our voices and refine our craft in our spare time. I made films every weekend and was constantly writing outside the remit of the course (but with the support of my peers and tutors). 

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?:

The format of the course (including placement work) made sure I had a CV ready to take to the industry. Film and Television Production and the Literary Industries are really competitive spaces and having the edge of the placements (along with the indie films I made while I was on the courses) gave me the confidence and practical know-how to approach the industry as a professional rather than as a graduate. 

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?:

Persistence. With anything creative, you aren't always going to get along with your peers or tutors. There will be constructive disagreements based on our subjective opinions. The courses I took taught me to have confidence in my ability and work, but also to be open to listening to feedback where it was really needed. Persistence is having the balance to manage both and move forward. 

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?:

I enjoyed the trust we got to be independent and practice our craft. It gave me the security to focus on getting myself where I needed to be in order to position myself to film financiers and prestigious schemes.  

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?:

Do it, but don't waste the time you're given. Spend every second being curious and collaborating. Experiment and make work in every spare second you have. Start to connect with the industry while you're already at university. 

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?:

Creative, Curious, and Independent.

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