Marjolein Verheij, 19, is studying on the Foundation Degree in TV and Film Production at The Manchester College. She would like to become a film editor. A film she worked on while at the college has won a prize at a film festival. Marjolein says that the college has helped her decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life.
Before coming to the college, Marjolein lived in Holland and studied at gymnasium (secondary school). Her final exams were in Dutch, English, Latin, French, algebra, chemistry, physics and biology.
‘Most of my classmates went on to study medicine but I just want to make films. I would love to become an editor. The editor is part of the postproduction team. Once the footage has been shot, the editor will find the best shots and put them together to create the film.
I have been able to try out almost every role in every department
‘As first years we made our own short film with the Arden School of Theatre students. We changed crew roles every other production. I have been able to try out almost every role in every department. This gives you a great insight into the industry and helps you find out which career path you want to follow.
‘I have also been asked to work on several second and third year projects. These shoots give you a chance to learn from the more experienced students.
One of our shorts got first place in the 'student films' category at a film festival
‘The Manchester College has definitely helped me decide what I want to do for the rest of my life. When you look at older students you can see that the experience they’ve gained at the college is a great step towards a career in the industry.
‘The great thing about this course is the quality of the short films that are being produced by students. One of our shorts recently got first place in the ‘student films’ category at a film festival.'
What next? Do you want to make TV and films? Find out about the Foundation Degree in TV and Film Production at The Manchester College, below.