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20 Feb 2017

Award-winning Film Producer Iain Smith visits Ravensbourne

International Film Producer and BAFTA award winner Iain Smith OBE visited Ravensbourne to talk at a free film production masterclass offered to students and staff.

Iain has worked on numerous high profile award-winning films such as “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “Children of Men”, “The Mission” and “Local Hero.”

In 2005 he was awarded a British Academy Film Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Film” and in the 2008 New Year's Honours list was awarded an OBE for services to film.

Drawing on almost 50 years of practical production experience many of those spent with high profile directors, actors and creatives, Iain spoke at length to give many valuable lessons to the students.
He said: "There is nothing more important in film than getting a realistic education from the outset. Information mixed with experience creates wisdom, and it is wisdom that makes successful filmmakers.”

Jeremy Lawton, a BA (Hons) Digital Film Production student said: “It was hugely beneficial for us to hear from someone like Iain because of his honest and realistic way of looking at the industry.”

Simon King, a student also studying digital film said: “I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a huge amount of invaluable information.”

Paul Moody, Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Digital Film Production, said: “It is vital that Ravensbourne students hear from and interact with leading industry figures such as Iain to gain useful insights on how to make the most of their current work and prepare for careers post graduation. I aim to bring in more industry luminaries for masterclasses and teaching sessions.”

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