A member of Nescot’s Media team has won a place at the UK’s most prestigious film school.
Tutor Demonstrator Jonathan Flint, who studied at the college almost ten years ago and credits the department with his love for filmmaking, is starting his Masters’ degree in Cinematography at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield in January.
During his time at Nescot Jonathan has travelled to New York as a department trip, premiered the students’ films at BAFTA in London and helped teams prepare for the WorldSkills UK competitions.
“The best thing about working here is definitely seeing the change in the students,” he said.
“Most of them start the course as teenagers who love films but don’t much about the process of making them, but leave as accomplished filmmakers who have clear career goals.
“As a department we like to create big projects for the students to work on, so that they can see a film through from start to finish.
“That way they get the real-life experience of the whole process and what doing a particular role would be like, so it helps them choose a career path and to have realistic expectations.”
An aspiring cinematographer, Jonathan studied his Level 3 Media course at Nescot in 2006, finishing with a triple distinction profile.
He went on to Arts University Bournemouth to do a foundation year, before reading Film Production at the University of the Creative Arts in Farnham, graduating with a double first.
Jonathan joined Nescot as a Tutor Demonstrator in January 2014, and studied an Award in Education and Training while working at the college, as well as continuing to freelance and to work on his own films.
“I applied to the National Film and Television School twice before being accepted on my third go, so I told the student that it shows how important it is to persevere,” Jonathan said.
“I’m going to miss working at Nescot, and especially the rest of the Media team and the students, but I’m really excited about starting my course and all the opportunities ahead.”