Helen Swanwick‐Thorpe


21 Aug Helen Swanwick‐Thorpe

Why I loved it:

“I enjoyed the variety of working in Film and TV as a production freelancer. I have been fortunate to work abroad and at locations across the UK and have met so many interesting people.”

My best experience: 

“I produced a short film. It was great to work with friends I met on feature productions to make something independently. The shoot was great fun and the edits are looking great so far!”

What I learned: 

“There is something new to be learnt on every job. Working with so many different people means I can gain knowledge and advice from producers and coordinators who have lots of varied experience.”

About my experience: 

“I graduated from Brunel University, went on to complete an MA in Film Management then worked as a TV Runner and PA to a Talent Agency. I really hoped to get into film and a relative encouraged me to apply for a 10 month trainee scheme with The Production Guild of Great Britain. I was fortunate to be selected and was placed on feature films at Shepperton and Pinewood Studios. The traineeship allowed me to make a leap to assistant co‐ordinating with the support and encouragement of industry professionals. Now after several years of work on productions I still love the industry and feel fortunate to be part of it. I chose to study Drama at Brunel because I enjoy creativity and performance but found that during my course I spent as much time thinking about the organisation and logistics of theatre as being on‐stage. Ultimately that’s what co‐ordinating is – it’s making sure a film cast and crew know what they are doing when. The best part of my job is trying to make the seemingly impossible possible. When the director suddenly wants to film a mermaid in the sea it’s all hands on deck to notify the coastguard, get a splash‐bag for the camera, hire a Unit Medic ‐ and so much more! There is no doubt it is a high‐pressure industry but if you love the arts, challenges and a bit of adventure then it’s a definitely a career worth considering.”