HNC has revealed that our Applied Musical Theatre and A Level Media Studies students recently enjoyed a special talk from Bruce Mills, a Location Manager who has worked on high profile screen projects such as Gentleman Jack, Ackley Bridge and Happy Valley.

Hosted during our recent Vision Week, which provided a wide range of inspirational talks and workshops designed to help students explore the opportunities available to them, this fascinating session helped our students to learn more about how vital this role is in creating award winning TV productions, adverts and films.

A Location Manager is a critical job in the creative industry, with this role having responsibility for sourcing the right locations, arranging and negotiating site use and dealing with everything related to this from organising the filming crew to ensuring projects are delivered on time and to budget.

Many of our Musical Theatre students also undertake this qualification with a view to pursuing a backstage role, and this session helped them to understand what a Location Manager role includes, ask questions and understand how they can get started in this competitive field. Given the relevance for our A Level Media Studies students, this talk was also attended by students studying this subject.  Bruce has worked on film, TV and commercial industry projects, and also shared more about the key differences between each of these.

Cat John, Teacher of Musical Theatre comments: “Musical Theatre can support progression to many destinations, and this talk really inspired our students about the wide range of roles in the sector beyond the stage. Bruce has worked on some incredibly high profile TV programmes, and our students were fascinated to hear more about the complex planning, research and project management processes that are involved in creating a quality series that is delivered on time and to budget. Without Location Managers, filming projects simply would not happen! During Vision Week we were delighted to welcome Bruce to College, and to see our students learn more about what the role involves, and how they can break into this industry. We would like to thank Bruce for taking the time to join us and share his expertise.”

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