Lights, cameras, action . . . movie maker praises TCAT media coursesPublished: August 15, 2016
Movie-maker Dan Abrams says the media training facilities at Telford College of Arts and Technology played a key role in helping him to forge a career in one of the world’s most competitive industries.
Dan, 29, has gone on to work on more than a dozen film and TV projects since completing his AVCE Media Communication & Production course at TCAT.
The former Sutherland School pupil, who now lives in Oxford, has credits as an actor, cinematographer, producer, and assistant director – as well as a stuntman and stunt co-ordinator.
Dan says: “I chose TCAT because it has the best media facilities and courses. It gave me the skills needed to jump head-first into a competitive industry, and the confidence in my craft which allowed me to experiment and find my own style.
“I have worked on feature films, TV series, commercials and corporate videos, leading projects with over 350 cast and crew members, shooting in multiple conditions, locations and situations.”
Most recently, Dan has worked on indie feature film Rock Band vs Vampires, Movies4Men TV series Suicide Platoon, and is currently involved in pre-production for psychological thriller Vanguard – the story of a surgeon recruited to become a deadly rogue weapon in a revenge attack on suspected terrorists.
Among the media courses starting at TCAT in September are level 2 and level 3 programmes in Creative Media production. See www.telfordcollege.ac.uk for more details, or call 01952 642237.
Dan says: “To anyone considering signing up on a media course at TCAT, I’d say it’s great fun. You get to experiment in the craft and learn to use equipment you may never own yourself.”
And his advice to other budding Shropshire movie-makers? “Be creative – it’s hard work and a tough industry but it’s still an art form. Spend as much time shooting as you can, you learn best in practice.
“Treat every shoot like a Hollywood production and the quality will show through, even if you have a budget of ¬£10.
“Develop great working relationships with your fellow students and become a close knit team. Help each other on projects.
“Never neglect sound – it’s just as important as your visuals. And get away from the college and try to shoot in various locations . . . but remember to always get permission!”
Dan Abrams from Telford, on the set of his latest movie project, Vanguard