Production manager inspires University Students

Terry unveiling the plaque

Terry unveiling the plaque

Farah Suleman

British film industry guru Terry Bamber unveiled the plaque and officially opened The Leicester Media School at De Montfort University this afternoon.

The lecture theatre roared with the sound of applause as Mr Bamber was welcomed to deliver his speech on the History of British Cinema.

He kick-started the session with some words of wisdom: “I want to teach youngsters that your career offers many job opportunities.”

He directed his advice to the students in the room, who he referred to as the next generation of directors, producers, journalists and actors.

“You need that lucky break in order to get somewhere. We can all make a film on a smart phone, but we are all in the film industry to make a living. This is your livelihood.”

He warned students to have a plan B: “have a backup to your career, it won’t always go the way you want it to.”

Mr Bamber told his audience of film industry professors, producers and students of his own emergence into the industry as well as some of his family members.

He comes from a family of film industry fanatics, his father and two of his uncles all worked in television.

He said; “I remember my father having to work 14 hour days, 6 days a week. Things have changed, and a lot is still changing.”

Mr Bamber’s vast industry knowledge has come from serving numerous roles within the film industry such as being a runner, a junior artist actor and now an assistant director/production manager.

He has worked on the likes of 101 Dalmatians, Tomb Raider, several James Bond movies and a recent Bollywood production, Raa One.

His jobs have taken him to numerous locations and met many renowned names within the industry, “I have seen the sunrise in places like Rajasthan and Fiji.”

He enthused his audience of the wonderful life he has enjoyed: “Film making is a crazy crazy way of making a living.”

He has managed to make his mark within the industry and continues to inspire students as well as those looking to make it big in the British film world.

“When you capture a moment, that moment lives forever.”

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