"Without a degree from Ravensbourne I don’t think I would have been able to get a foot in anywhere initially. The tutors helped so much with learning all the skills in AVID and the craft of editing, that really made a big difference when I started doing it for a living"
Name: Michael Fendick
Course: BA (Hons) Editing and Post Production
Year Graduated: 2015
What appealed to you about Ravensbourne and your chosen degree course?
There were a few things that appealed to me about the editing and post production course at Ravensbourne. I liked the fact that it was the only dedicated editing course and that the tutors were very talented and had real life commercial experience as editors. Ravensbourne has a tremendous amount of technically advanced equipment that is currently used in everything from music videos to feature films.
The tutors at Ravensbourne have a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge which they share with students and the quality of the technical resources is amazing.
What were the main highlights from your time at Ravensbourne?
One experience that stands out from my time at Ravensbourne was when Paul Machliss, the editor for Scott Pilgrim and The World’s End, came and talked to us. Ravensbourne is great at getting in touch with these people and bringing real world stories and experiences to its students. These lectures were the ones that I really valued, as much for the insight into the working world as well as the technical learning they gave.
How is Ravensbourne (and your chosen course) different from other universities/colleges?
For me, the choice of Ravensbourne was an easy one, particularly after the open day led by Richard Hughes. Ravensbourne was rated very highly by The Brit School where I did my BTEC and I particularly valued the continuous assessment approach. I feel it better replicates the real world working experience. The quality of the tutors also impressed me because they have really relevant industry experience and knowledge.
Tell us a little about your employment since graduating?
When I first graduated I worked at Longcross Film Studios for nine months on ‘Doctor Strange’. My initial role was to help manage and organise edits but within a few months I moved into the role of Assistant VFX editor for that movie.
Towards the end of production in the UK I was offered the role as Assistant VFX editor for Marvel in Australia where I am currently working on ‘Thor: Ragnarok’. I hope to continue working for Marvel on future films.
In one sentence describe your experience of Ravensbourne?
For me, Ravensbourne was a real transitional experience from someone wanting to build a career in film editing to a skilled editor able to make a valuable contribution to a production.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
My advice to prospective students would be to never underestimate the value of networking and contacting people for jobs. It’s all about meeting new people and keeping in touch. The networking paid off when I got the job at Marvel.