Hurtwood House’s Film Academy is a professional film school within a school

Filmmaking Studio

 If you are interested in filmmaking and the world of the Media, Hurtwood House is the only place to be. The Media department at Hurtwood, a school set in the beautiful Surrey Hills specialising exclusively in the sixth form, stands head and shoulders above that of any other independent school in the country. As ‘The Good Schools Guide’ stated “This is professional stuff. The media/theatre complex is huge: think masses of green rooms, mixing studios, dance studios, recording studios, video studios”. So, what is it that makes Media at Hurtwood famous? Perhaps it is the industry standard TV studio kitted out with the latest cameras and green screen or the cutting-edge post-production facilities and editing suites. Maybe it is the expert tuition from talented teachers many of whom are industry professionals. Perhaps it is the real-world practical skills that the students learn both in the A Level and in Hurtwood’s own ‘Film Academy’, a film school within a school. Through the curriculum students are taught camera and lighting skills, screenwriting and directing as well as high level post-production editing, as they make broadcast quality music videos and opening film title sequences. In Hurtwood’s prestigious Film Academy elite Media students take their training to another level. They make documentaries, film and broadcast Hurtwood productions live and experience the old traditional film making methods using 16mm film.

Hurtwood’s annual Media Awards Evening (think the Oscars) is a particular highlight of the Hurtwood calendar. Held in the local cinema this is a night of celebrating the students’ hard work by giving them the chance to see their films on the silver screen. Hurtwood boasts its own Media Channel on YouTube offering students yet another vehicle to showcase their talent. Hurtwood Media students are without doubt part of something special and it is no surprise that Hurtwood alumni now include BAFTA nominated directors, cinematographers, and filmmakers working behind the camera as well as Hollywood superstars working in front of them. 

Whatever the reasons for the school’s Media fame, there is no doubt that when Hurtwood students arrive at their next destination they are ahead of the game. Hurtwood sends film students far and wide from London College of Communication (UAL) to Ravensbourne to New York Film Academy and sometimes they go straight on set. Spielberg here they come!

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