The Wayward Ones

Aug 9, 2016

Well, I have had a very busy few weeks. I recently attended the National Youth Film Academy’s Breakthrough course in Watford, London. The course put me with 5 crew and 8 actors and gave us one simple instruction: make a 15 minute film in 10 days.

10 days later, we had created We Wayward Few. A dystopian short about life post-disaster, it follows a group of 8 radically different survivors as they attempt to carry on their ways of living.

It was absolutely amazing (if not a bit daunting) being able to work with such talented people from all over the country. I feel very confident in saying that all of these people are headed to bigger and better things. I had a lot of fun working with them all and I hope to work with all these guys again in the future.

All was not sunshine and rainbows, however, as the actual content of the course was very lacking. A lot of the lectures were geared towards directors and actors, which meant that a lot of the other crew members felt left out and that they did not get their monies worth. The organisation was also incredibly poor. We were told that there was a budget of £100 for our film and that we would be reimbursed at the end of the course. This never came, despite repeated attempts to contact them. In talking with some of the course leaders, it was also revealed that they hadn’t been paid either.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, and I could go on for ages about the quality of this course. The one highlight was being able to meet and work with such awesome people, and despite how awful everything else was I still had a really fun time.