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Sam Blacker graduated from BA (Hons) Film and Television at London College of Communication in 2020.
Why did you choose to study this course and why London College of Communication (LCC)?
LCC stood out to me over other London based universities for its openness to members of other courses, and through its access to unique facilities such as the Stanley Kubrick Archive. As for the course, I picked BA (Hons) Film and Television so that I could surround myself with other like-minded filmmakers. For a field so heavily based on collaboration, it can be surprisingly difficult to find people who share your drive to make films anywhere else.
What have you been up to since graduating?
I have gone onto work as a teacher for Stagecoach Acting school as the lead for the 'Screen Acting and Directing' department. I had taught students ranging from the age of 6-16 on adapting stage performances to screen based formats.
I am also currently working for the knowledge consultancy firm 'Spoken' as a freelance videographer and editor, creating interviews and promotional material for corporate entities.
What was the most interesting project you’ve worked on?
It would have to be our House Project term, we were required to make a 5-10 minute short based in a single room. Being the director in a crew of 30 seemed daunting at first, but once the preparation was in place, and the cast and crew were set to go, the whole experience ran far smoother than I could ever have expected.
Did you had any opportunities to engage with industry whilst on the course?
I had the opportunity to work on external film projects with both friends and strangers, which have all been so worthwhile to be a part of.
What important piece of advice would you give to students thinking of studying this course?
Remain open to everything. No matter what your course may consist of, if it's something you know you want to do then get involved in as many bits of it as you can. If you're lucky then others would also be in the same position so you can share the experience with them too.
What was the highlight of your LCC experience?
I would say the entire second year. It was a time where I was used to everything going on - I was free enough to work in whatever way I wished without the pressure of graduation.
How did you find being a student in London?
As I am already from London, I'm just happy I get to stay here. There isn't much incentive to leave as everything I needed is already here. There isn't anywhere else I'd rather be.
If you had to describe your LCC experience in three words, what would they be?
Opening, satisfying, sick.
View the BA (Hons) Film and Television course page.