Larissa De Filippo

Larissa is a media producer whose short film 'All Eyes On Me: Trans-identity through Photography' was screened at BFI Flare. Larissa studied MA Fashion Media Production at LCF.

What have you been up to since graduating from MA Fashion Media Production?

I have been working as a freelance producer and runner. I produced a short film for The Lens Box, a start-up short film company in Angel, London and I have just started a second project for them. For this project, I am engaged at a more creative level. I attended the first meeting between the client and the director and was asked for my creative ideas. I’m really happy as my research was really well received and we will create something based upon one of my references.

I am also working as a runner for a pilot show for another production company. At the moment my work is all about making connections and working my way up.

You recently had your short film screened at the BFI’s LGBQT festival, BFI Flare - congratulations! Tell us more about that…

One year ago when I submitted my masters proposal I had to think about the target audience of my project. Since I moved to London I have been attending the BFI Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and when I first attended I enjoyed it so much that I made the festival my next goal!

It was a dream come true; it was amazing to see my work screened at one of the most important LGBT film festivals in the country; the quality of the audio and video was great.

“All Eyes On Me: Trans-identity through Photography” was also screened on the Saturday’s Future Film youth event The Joy of Short Filmmaking at BFI Flare. Myself and Harun Güler my co-director and editor, were invited to talk about our film and career expectations to a group of aspiring young filmmakers, it was the first Q&A of my life.

How has your course shaped your career in the industry?

It is all a new start; I am eager and excited. The reason I chose to do a masters was for a chance to start again. I started the MA as a Fashion Stylist and Fashion shooting producer and now I see myself as a Media Producer able to work and develop a wide range of creative projects. Fashion will always be my language and my way of seeing things but it isn’t the industry I want to work in anymore.

What inspires you about what you do?

My film was screened as a part of a festival named “Body: stories of sex, identity and transformation” I loved it as it really describes my inspirations. My main interest is fashion as a frame for expressing gender, identity and sexuality.

What do you plan to do next?

I want to work with television and develop a career as a freelance producer and director. I am interested in factual shows, documentaries and also docu-dramas. I would like to work on a production for a show at Channel 4 ever since I attended a lecture about commissioning with Channel 4 Drama’s Lee Manson (Editor, Drama Commissioning) and Surian Fletcher-Jones (Head of Development, Drama).

I also want to keep producing and directing my personal work and applying to screen them at festivals around the world. Eventually I would like to do a PhD and become a teacher, but for now I want to take a break from studying.

What advice would you give to someone hoping to study your course?

It takes dedication; it is a challenging and collaborative course which demands time above all. My advice is to go ahead and do it; it will be really worth it.

What advice would you give to someone hoping to find a career in media production?

Patience and persistence alongside originality, strength, creativity, ambition and social skills are the keys for success in my opinion. I struggle with the patience. Of course I would like to finish the course and be fully booked with freelance jobs immediately but that is not how it works for everybody. I am trying to make the best out of my opportunities and I’ll hopefully be able to work full time as a media producer in the very near future. Also, I believe in the importance of setting goals and working towards them.

All Eyes On Me - Transgender Identity Through Photography (Preview)

A candid and revealing documentary that explores how the construction of transgender identity is developed through auto portraits or 'selfies'. Photography in this context is both a documentation of a physical transition and vehicle for self- exploration, discovery and actualisation. This film, which set out to encourage new dialogues, is an outcome from a workshop realised at London College of Fashion in November 2013.

Directed by Larissa De Filippo & Harun Guler; Produced by Larissa De Filippo; Filmed & Edited by Harun Guler; Sound by Fernanda Liberti; Photography by Graz Diez.