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Amy Mary Jones: real-world experience at Molinare – University of Reading

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    Gaining valuable experience at a leading post-production company

Amy Mary Jones: real-world experience at Molinare

Amy Mary Jones had the opportunity to experience what it's like to work for Molinare TV & Film Ltd, the UK's leading supplier of post-production for episodic drama, feature film and factual productions.

a look behind the scenes

A final year BA Film student, Amy's time at Molinare enabled her to gain valuable insight into a possible future career after she graduates.

As well as helping her to map her own career path, she used the time to put her knowledge into practice and to discover the reality of life in the post-production world.

"Spending the week at Molinare has been fascinating. It's been a really good insight into a large post-production house in the centre of London, which edits both fiction and factual film and TV. The job roles I've seen have been a good mixture of familiar and new – I was surprised to see one job I had assumed was undertaken by just one person was actually split between two!"

learning from experts in the field

Amy spent the majority of her time in Molinare's factual audio department, shadowing George Foulgham in documentary sound mixing, but she also gained experience working with other departments which developer her understanding of how companies such as Molinare operate.

"George spent time explaining how the audio is balanced, edited and touched up before the final picture is released. But working with colleagues from other areas of Molinare gave me a good idea of the context of the company, which let me understand more of what  George was showing me."

George Foulgham brings a wealth of experience to his role asMolinare Head of the Feature documentary sound deparment at Molinare, having garnered several sound Factual BAFTA nominations, an RTS award and a BAFTA award. George has also worked on mixing two Oscar-winning films; 'Man on Wire' released in 2009, and 'The White Helmets', Netflix's first Oscar award-winning production earlier this year.

"Amy was able to experience the workings of the Molinare sound mixing studios, witnessing the mixing of various projects from TV drama to Theatrical Feature Documentary. She also spent time with some of our award-winning sound designers, looking at how sound FX and dialogue are edited and manipulated prior to the final sound mixing."
George Foulgham
Head of Feature documentary and sound, Molinare TV & Film Ltd

a Launchpad to her future career

Amy regards her time at Molinare as the perfect opportunity to decide her next steps after she leaves the University of Reading, and gain an understanding of other peoples' career journeys in her chosen field of film.

"Spending this week at Molinare will definitely help me in the future. Speaking to people about their roles and how they ended up here has given me a good idea of how I might start my own career and, in the shorter term, it's given me a good direction for my final film project."

George believes that providing students with placements in the film industry, and helping them to gain experience behind the scenes in the field, is vitally important.

"The management, and the creatives of Molinare, reocgnise the importance of sharing film and TV industry experience. After all, in one way or another, the majority of creatives working in the UK film and TV industry started their own career path by being given work experience opportunities."
George Foulgham
Head of Feature documentary and sound, Molinare TV & Film Ltd

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