Hometown: Auchterarder, Scotland

 

About You

How did you come to choose the course and why QMU?

I had always had a keen interest in film and when I was about to leave school I could see no other line of study that I wanted to follow. I was not just interested in how to make films but also the theoretical side that studies film as an art form. QMU offered a course that looked at the theoretical and practical aspects of filmmaking and since initially I wasn’t sure what I wanted to specialize in it seemed like the most suitable course for me. QMU also offered a new campus and halls which was very appealing as other universities I had seen looked quite dated.

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

Since it would be my first time living away from home I always felt that I wanted to be quite close to my parents and friends so Edinburgh seemed like a good place to go.

I had also heard great things about its night life and festivals such as the Fringe and the International Film Festival.

Living Away from Home

Where did you live whilst studying? If you were living in halls what’s was the best part?

I lived in halls and the best part would be getting to know everyone who lived in the student village. It was my first time living away home and that was the case with most of people that I lived with in halls. It was a great way to learn how to live on your own without going straight into renting a flat in the city.

Life in Edinburgh – what was the best experience you had in Edinburgh? Are there any hidden ‘gems’ you’d like to share?

The Fringe festival is incredible and has to be experienced by anyone who decides to study at QMU. I enjoy live music and I found that Edinburgh had a lot of great small venues like Whistle Binkies, Sneaky Pete’s and the Jazz Bar where there was often a great up and coming band playing.

"The most interesting part of the course was the film production modules... The film department was a great resource and allowed us to gain a lot of experience making films out with our course work."
Michael Grant

The Course

What was the most interesting part of the course? Either something you learned or a particular activity.

The most interesting part of the course was the film production modules. While they are only one aspect of the course you were allowed to access the film department at anytime to borrow equipment and since QMU is quite a small university there was almost always equipment available.

Any advice for students who might be interested in this course?

The course leans more towards written research on films with a module each year that teaches the practical side of filmmaking. If you are more interested in physically making films then the film department can be a great resource because it is well stocked with modern filmmaking gear and because of QMU’s small size there is often equipment available.

Beyond Graduation

Tell us what happened immediately after you graduated

After graduating I started my own film production company with another graduate from my year. Shortly after that we were asked to be the first company in QMU’s Business Innovation Zone where we given support on running and growing our business.

Are you currently working? If so please give a brief outline of your job. If not, what are your plans?

I am currently working at Queen Margaret University in the film department as well continuing to run my film production company.

Would you consider further study?

Yes I would consider further study and have been looking into the possibility of studying for a PhD at the university.