MARGARITA MILNE | DIRECTOR + CO-WRITER
Margarita is a London-based writer-director. She was awarded a scholarship from the David Lean Foundation for her Directing Fiction MA at the NFTS and has a BA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge. Her first short film, La La Means I Love You, was nominated for Best U25 and Best Director at Underwire 2017, and she has since made four short films. Margarita’s interests lie in psychological thrillers and docu-fictions. She is also a photographer and singer. Prior to the NFTS, she was a Develop Ambassador for The Photographers’ Gallery and has continued her music project, Margie, while studying at the school.
EMMA HANSON | PRODUCER
Emma has had a range of experiences from working in production on big entertainment shows such as ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, as an assistant director for several independent features and has produced 5 of her own shorts. One of these shorts had financial backing from Creative England and the BFI and several have had successful festival runs, earning her a place on the BFI.Network and BAFTA crew training scheme. Her most valuable experience to date is the 5 years she spent working for the Oscar and BAFTA award winning Aardman Animations. She joined the company in 2012 as a runner and climbed through the ranks to the role of 2nd AD on Nick Park’s ‘Early Man’ and more recently as Production Coordinator on ‘Shaun the Sheep; Farmageddon’. Emma is currently in her final year on a Masters in Producing for film and television at The National Film and Television School and is keen to gain experience in film and television production companies in London over the next few years.
KATE BEARD | PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Kate has always had a passion for art and design , with her paintings previously exhibited in galleries across the north of England in the Young Painters of the Year exhibition. After gaining a first class degree in Architecture from the University of Liverpool and working for London based award winning architecture practice Shedkm, she has recently entered into the world of film. Combining her love for architecture, history and design, she found her passion and enthusiasm in designing for film and television. She has gained invaluable experience on recent productions including a placement on ‘Death on the Nile’ and is currently working for Disney. With this experience, her fervency for production design has but doubled.
CECILIA DE LENA | EDITOR
Cecilia is a London based editor, screenwriter and colourist, currently in her second year of the Editing MA course at the National Film and Television school in London. She graduated as well from the Met Film School 2 years ago, obtaining a specialisation in film editing and screenwriting. Cecilia's work ranges across fiction, documentary, music videos and commercials and her short films having been selected at festivals worldwide. Most recently, her graduating project, "Forget me not” was selected for the LA Cinefest, MCIFA Awards, the Short Film Corner, and won "Best Original Story" at the 2018 Top Shorts Festival and "Best Short Film" at the 2018 ARFF. Before starting her MA at the NFTS, she worked on "Brexit", a short film in collaboration with the Queen Mab Production.
JOE DE-VINE | SOUND DESIGNER
Joe is a London-based sound editor, designer and re-recording mixer. He received a first class degree in Creative Music Technology from the University of Huddersfield. During his time here, he developed a fascination with sound art composition, and the relationship between sounds and images -- exhibiting his self-produced video art composition "The Thread" at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. He also during this time produced soundtracks for video games by Mommy's Best Games and Team Sigma and short films such as The Brothers Of Parvenza (dir. Daniel Keeble). He is in his final year of the Masters course in Sound Design at the NFTS, working as sound designer and re-recording mixer on projects including Do Not Feed The Pigeons (dir. Antonin Niclass), Ringo! A Musical (dir. Emma Gilbertson), and The Passion Of Phil Smith (dir. Luis Zeferino, selected for Lift-Off Global Network Festival London 2020).
PIETRO ABATI | VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR
Pietro is an Italian Visual Effects Compositor based in London. He is currently completing his MA in Digital Effects at the National Film and Television School. Pietro has a background in Fine Arts and Architecture. Graduating from the Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti in 2017 with a BA in New Technology for Contemporary Art, he spent his last semester at the University of Birmingham, researching and writing his dissertation. Since 2014 he worked as a freelance Video Maker, overseeing the production process and accomplishing trips around Europe to film in over 25 locations. In 2016, he started his collaboration with AJPstudios, working as an Assistant Director and producing 3 short films. He is currently developing his skills as a Nuke Compositor, VFX Supervisor and Pipeline TD at the NFTS working on various productions including: Requiem, When She Was Good, The Other Half, The Retreat, Voce.
BECCA SUGAR | WRITER
Becca currently works as a Development Executive at the award-winning production company Ecosse Films across a range of television and film projects, working with both exciting new voices and established British writing talent. Before this she worked as a freelance script-reader, as well as assisting on the BAFTA-nominated documentary KINGDOM OF US, produced by Pulse Films, as a researcher. She graduated from Cambridge with a First in English Literature in 2015 and went on to complete a Film Studies MA at King’s College London, where she came first in her year, studying a range of filmmakers who have inspired her approach to storytelling. She’s keen to keep progressing her career in script development, whilst also developing her own voice and writing material.
JAMIE TOUCHE | CINEMATOGRAPHER
Jamie has been working on set since 2012, first in the art department and later finding his calling in camera and lighting. He gained a 1st class degree from Met Film School in Film & Digital Cinematography and since graduating has shot dozens of short films and a couple of features as well. Having assisted for 5 years he gained a plethora of experience working with a special variety of DPs. He enjoyed 5 months in the UAE with Atlantic Productions in 2015 working on a documentary shot by Paul Williams who has helped mentor Jamie since. Jamie’s proudest collaborations have been with Lakeside Pictures on their short films Lighthouse - which he co-wrote - and Fifteen, both of which have visited film festivals around the world. His debut feature A Night in ’97 is currently being distributed by Se7en & Se7en. Jamie is currently in his second year of his MA in Cinematography at NFTS.
GIGI SIEGEL | COSTUME DESIGNER
Gigi is a London based costume designer who has been working in the film industry since 2016, having completed three feature films and several independent short films. As a costume designer with a background in Art History, Gigi likes to incorporate ideas from the classics in all her designs. From horror to fantasy, to period accurate costumes, new visual ideas intertwine with classical beauties. Her working method is strongly supported by deep research into the subject of the project she designs for.
ADIESCAR CHASE | COMPOSER
Adiescar is a British multi-instrumentalist and composer. From performing classically in orchestras to touring the UK with her previous originals band, Near Moments, Adiescar enjoys composing and performing in a variety of musical styles. Some of her highlights include performing at Proud2 in The O2, and compositions premiered at the Royal Festival Hall and Brunnel Tunnel Shaft, London. Recently Adiescar has composed for the short films 'I See You' (dir. Josiah WIlliams), and 'Kiss Chase' (dir. Ebele Tate) as well contributing to films such as 'Chasing Unicorns' (dir. Rain Rannu), 'O Black Hole' (dir. Renee Zhan) and 'Baphomet' (dir. Matthan Harris). After graduating with a first class Bmus (Hons) degree in composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2017, she is now studying at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield.
JAKE CALCUTT | VISUAL EFFECTS PRODUCER
Jake is an Oxford based Visual Effects Artist currently completing an MA in Digital Effects at The National Film and Television School. He graduated from the University of Essex in 2016 with a BA in Film and Creative Writing, spending his penultimate year studying at the University of Malta. In 2017, Jake worked as a Radio Presenter and Producer writing and developing content for his film show The Weekly Silver Screen that played on Witney Radio. After 2 years, he realised it was more fun to make films than talk about them. He is currently developing his skills as a 3D artist and VFX Producer on various graduation films including, Requiem, When She Was Good, Caterpillar, Build Me Up and Do Not Feed The Pigeons.
ALEX COVENEY | COLOUR GRADE & ONLINE
Alex is a London-based Colourist currently studying a Digital Effects Masters at The National Film and Television School. Alex has been working in the industry since 2014, when he graduated his Bachelor of Arts degree in Television and Video Production at Southampton Solent University. Alex works with various industry standard colour grading software such as Baselight, Nucoda and DaVinci Resolve. A variety of films Alex has recently graded will be released in festivals this year, such a Dramas, Animations and Documentaries.