Our students heard about the range of careers available in the creative film industry as part of National Science and Engineering Week. Yen Yau, talent development manager at Into Film said: ‘I do mentoring, work placements and careers advice and Into Film are a national charity dealing with film and education. For the last year I have been doing careers outreach for the film industry and it is about making the students aware of the opportunities available to them and getting them to think more widely about what is possible.
‘It is about doing research, finding out what you are good at. If you want to be a director you have to be able to lead people so if you can’t demonstrate that skill or don’t have enough experience where else can you gain that, maybe through voluntary work.
‘Graduates with pure physics or maths degrees go into the film industry because computer generated images need people to be able to code and write the programmes to create effects such as simulated fire, fog or fantastical animals. It is all about convergence and how technologies such as maths, science and engineering are merging together, particularly when it comes to the creative effects that are so common in films now.'
Ms Yau was accompanied by STEM co-ordinator Cheryl McCarthy who said: ‘I am supporting our ambassadors who are out in schools this week because it is national science week and we are promoting it as much as possible. I am also doing training for the national careers service so I am quite aware of what is going on in careers for young people at the moment and all four of the STEM subjects are important and represented within the creative film industry.’