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Jeanne Signé

BA Media Arts (2010), Freelance Editor, France

Why did you choose Royal Holloway for your degree?

I chose Royal Holloway because it combined both theoretical and practical courses. I thought it was important to approach filmmaking both by learning how to actually make a film and by studying film history, film analysis, film theories etc. This proved to be a booster for our creativity as students. 

How did your time at Royal Holloway help your future career?

All the students worked on many projects and often changed roles from one film to another. This gave me the opportunity to learn a variety of crafts, whilst specialising in 'Directing Screen Fiction' in my final year. I also studied 'Sound Design' in my second year and took an additionnal short course in editing on Final Cut Pro towards the end of my degree. I'm convinced that having a good understanding of how a film is made from A to Z helps you be a better director, DOP, editor and more. Plus, this allowed me to start my career working on a variety of projects.

What do you do now and what advice would you give to anyone thinking about a career in your sector?

I mostly work as a freelance editor for national French TV, web-documentaries and short fiction films. Since graduating, I have also occasionally worked as a sound designer for plays. I am currently preparing a piece of sound design for a play that will be a part of the 2013 Avignon Off Festival. I'm about to direct my first professional short fiction film, which I wrote, and that will be shot in Normandy thanks to a local competitive fund. My advice to those who are thinking about a career in this sector would be to be curious and ambitious: work on as many projects as possible and start learning "in the field" as soon as you can through personal projects or work placements whilst still at university.

 

 
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