Going to university is one of those life events which you look forward to throughout your school years. You daydreamed about falling asleep in lectures, about making the best of friends and possibly even the love of your life. You think it’ll be easy. After all, how hard can writing a load of essays be? When you’re a film student at Edge Hill University – essays are the least of your problems…
1. You Are Forever Tired
Some people may think that to make a film you simply just create a script and then go straight into production – but those of us who are film students know that this is not the case! At Edge Hill University, whichever stage of production you are involved in, time is limited and you will be staying up all night to do your work!
2. You Trust Nobody
Casting can be one of the most daunting parts of a production. Finding somebody who is talented and trustworthy can be difficult. Actors are prone to cancel last minute. As a filmmaker, trusting actors is necessary but hard. Most of us have had experiences where we have almost had a mental breakdown on a shoot when an actor cancels!
3. There Is Always That One Person Who Irritates You
When studying film at Edge Hill University, most of your assignments are group based. Therefore, there is always somebody who will irritate you. Maybe it’s a know-it-all-one who is always shouting down your ideas. The do-nothing-one who hates to actually do work but will take full credit for yours. The drunk-one who turns up late and hungover practically every day.
4. You Live On Energy Drinks & Coffee
As a film student, you lack sleep and motivation, energy drinks and coffee are your best friends. Especially when you have a 9am lecture – you will need a hot coffee to keep your eyes open while your lecturer covers the same topics taught in your other modules.
5. You Risk Assess Everything!
At Edge Hill University, when you are planning a production, as film students, we are taught to risk assess every location we use. This can be a painful and incredibly boring process. Though, the more you do it, the more you get used to it – it becomes a habit, you risk assess situations in your everyday life.
6. Your Laptop Is Your Best Friend
When you go on to your second and third year, you spend more and more time with your laptop. It is the most important object in your entire life. At times, it can feel like your best friend – your only friend! Without it, you would be screwed!
7. Your Highlighters Never Last Longer Than A Week
Some people believe that studying film doesn’t involve a lot of reading – it does, a lot! To get a storyline completely right, a lot of research has to be put in. The theoretical side of film is just as important as the practical side.
8. Your Friends Find It Hard To Watch Films With You
At Edge Hill University, continuity is key. We study it, we practice it, we try to get it right. As film students, we are trained to notice continuity errors. This can be a blessing when it comes to your own work but a curse when it comes to professional films – as a film student, you notice every mistake!
9. You Listen To Other Peoples Conversations
Yes, this one is weird! In my first year, one of our assignments was to go out into town and listen to peoples conversations. Apparently, this helps to evoke ideas and get the creative juices flowing. Although this was so weird and stalker-like, it really worked!
10. You Have No Money
Being a film student and an aspiring filmmaker means you have very little money. You are expected to work for free and have your own equipment. Which is problematic when you are a student and living off instant noodles.
11. You Are Resilient
Edge Hill University often have people from the industry come in to give talks about how to make it as a filmmaker. Although these talks are meant to be enlightening, you sometimes go away feeling like a ton of bricks have just fell on you as time and time again you are told ‘the film industry is a competitive market’ – you go away and apply for anything you can find and get knocked back, again and again. You get used to seeing ‘unfortunately you have not been successful…’ in your inbox.
12. Horror Films Don’t Scare You
To every other person, watching a horror film is exciting and terrifying, some people may even struggle to sleep at night. To a film student, we watch the film and look straight through the lens – into the set, into the script. We know how horror is filmed, we know when something is going to make us jump
13. You Are In So Many Group Chats
You are involved in six different modules throughout the academic year, each one may involve group work – which involves a Facebook or Whatsapp group chat. Most of the time they are full of memes and everybody panicking over deadlines.
14. Your Hard Drive Is Your Most Prized Possession
HD Video files can take up a lot of storage. In our first year, we are told to invest in an external hard drive, though most of us put it off as they can be quite expensive. Though it is not avoidable forever.
15. You Have Probably Already Named Your Production Company
Every filmmaker dreams of one day having their own production company, one as big as Paramount of Warner Brothers. But, we have to start off small with no budget, a free logo maker and a Facebook page.
Being a film student at Edge Hill University is hard work. Every day consists of stress, a couple of mental breakdowns and a moment when you don’t know whether to laugh or cry! But, you will have a lot of fun. You will make friends for life.
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A university graduate, aspiring scriptwriter and part-time script reader, I am always happiest when writing. Whether that be a fictional story or a non-fictional lifestyle article.