Vanessa Pellegrin, alumna, MA Creative Media Arts: Digital Film
Before coming to London Vanessa was
working as a journalist in Morocco and Spain, but she found herself getting
frustrated with the limitations placed on her creativity; she wanted to explore
alternative angles and have more input into the stories she was covering.
She decided that she needed a further
qualification to learn more before she could go it alone, and moving to London felt
like a good next step in her adventure, thanks to excellent career prospects in
media and journalism. LSBU's central location made the university an obvious choice, and
the course suited Vanessa perfectly.
"I was looking for a course that built
on my previous knowledge, but bridged the gap into something new", she
explains. "This course was perfect as it related to my industry but I could develop
my skills in digital film, too."
I learnt some much needed digital skills; I
had learnt the basics in my first undergraduate degree but at LSBU I learnt
much more about software like Final Cut Pro, and how to make journalism for the
screen. I also learnt so much more about documentaries, their history,
strengths and how to produce them."
A real strength of the course was the
teaching, says Vanessa. "A lot of my course was almost on a one-to-one basis;
my tutor really guided me through the course and was always making sure I was
progressing well on to the next stage of the degree."
Vanessa completed a documentary as her
final project, and has since founded her own production company Frog and Roast
Beef Films, and is producing and directing her
first documentary as a professional creative producer.
'The Trouble with the F-word'
Her new film, entitled, 'The Trouble
with the F-word', is an examination of the state of feminism in Britain today,
and features No More Page 3 campaigner Lucy-Anne Holmes.
After being in front of the camera,
it's very different to move into producing. There's so much more you have to
think about, like all the legal requirements, all the organisation. It's a
challenge but I'm really enjoying it.
To support her project Vanessa has
also worked on producing corporate and promotional videos, but has recently
been able to focus on her project full-time after securing funding from several
different backers. She's also continued to raise money through her
Vanessa hopes to complete the film
this year, and continue her work in production to support and explore issues
she is passionate about.