Tuesday 17 July 2018

'I have wanted to direct movies since the end of third year'

My Stor: Michelle McCamley, Advanced Diploma in Film Production, Pulse College

Michelle McCamley on work placement at Mutiny recording studios in Dublin.
Michelle McCamley on work placement at Mutiny recording studios in Dublin.

With two parents in the animation industry, it is probably no great surprise that Michelle McCamley wants to pursue a career in film production.

"I knew what I wanted to do from the end of third year," says Michelle, a former pupil of Ratoath College, Co Meath.

In fact her interest in movie-making even pre-dates her teen years, and Michelle recalls making a short film with her friends while she was still in primary school.

She came across Pulse College, Dublin, which specialises in creative media education when she attended a careers options showcase .

"I went home and told my mam and dad that it was what I wanted to do," says Michelle. Her father David works with Brown Bags Films, while her mother, Orla, has also worked in the animation industry.

Her new-found knowledge about these new opportunities led Michelle to a Pulse College Open Day "and it was really cool".

Pulse College was established in 1990 and provides professional training courses in audio, music, film, gaming and animation.

What she liked about it was that its courses are "really hands-on, while some courses in other colleges are more theory-based".

Michelle signed up for the two-year Advanced Diploma in Film Production, and she finished first year earlier this summer.

"It is so good, you meet so many people and in this industry it is all about connections."

Michelle has already done work experience in the famous Windmill Lane studios. Some Pulse College classes take place at Windmill Lane Recording, allowing students to get used to the world-class recording facilities there.

This summer, Michelle has been kept busy in the Mutiny sound recording studio in Dublin.

When she graduates, she hopes to work on film or television sets.

Irish Independent

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