Cameron Reed – Bath Spa University

 Alumni profile 

Course studied: BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies and Media Communications
Graduating year:
2020

About Cameron

I'm a passionate creative, with a proven history of industry work experience, ranging from running on live-broadcast programmes, to working on-location for feature films. I have always been driven by my need for new experiences and challenges, working throughout my degree on freelance projects, and learning new and past techniques such as shooting on 16mm film for music videos, as well as working on digital cinema platforms for camera.

Most of my work revolves around camera, working as a Runner and Assistant for Directors of Photography, including my own work as a DOP on smaller, independent projects such web-series projects and commercial projects for Bath Spa University. The latter including work with Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry, Academy Award winning cinematographer Roger Deakins, and actor and previous Bath Spa chancellor Jeremy Irons.

These successes, along with countless other achievements both in and outside of university, led to me winning Student of Year for Creative Industries at the 2020 Vice Chancellor's Awards, nominated by Head of School for Creative Industries, Dr Susan McMillan.

Academic qualifications

  • BA, Film and Screen Studies and Media Communications
  • MA, Film and Television, University of Bristol (2020-2022).

Professional qualifications

  • NCFE (Level 2) - Preparing To Work in The Film Industry
  • Enhanced DBS certificate.

Professional memberships

  • Member - Guild of Television Camera Professionals
  • BFI Craft Skills Residential Alumni
  • BAFTA Mentoring Alumni (2017)
  • Member - Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries
  • Member - Creative Industries Federation.

Since graduating..

Since leaving university, like many others, I have had to face up to the difficulties of graduating during a global pandemic. COVID-19 has however reminded me of the importance of work experience. I was fortunate to have some work throughout the summer, shooting a micro-feature project with director Kae Bahar, and producing videos for the Royal Agricultural University.

These experiences I gained as a direct result of my past work, my reputation for working throughout my degree, and never wavering in the sight of adversity, still help me months and even sometimes years after experiences with fellow creatives; I cannot emphasise the importance of this enough.

Why did you choose the course you studied at Bath Spa?

The people. Bath Spa is a small yet mighty place, it contains some of the best creative facilities in the UK, run by some of the best creatives.

What were the highlights of your time here?

Working late shifts in the editing suites, working with my peers and colleagues to produce the very best work we could, and being part of the great team at the Asset Store and Studios for my final year.

How did the course support your steps into industry?

Because of my past experience before coming to Bath Spa, all gained through my own efforts, I quickly gained a positive reputation for my commitment and work ethic. With this, my faculty head and tutors worked hard to ensure my experience at university was fulfilled as much as possible; directing me to outside opportunities and providing training during my time as a student.

The best thing about the course...

The recognition that theory and practice can work well together.

I am most proud of...

Jeremy Irons once borrowing my jumper on a shoot.

My advice for current students...

Your degree is only a part of your experience. Get out there, find experiences in your respective industries. Your work experience says a lot about you and attitude.

I recommend Bath Spa because...

The facilities are industry-standard, as are the people who maintain them.

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