Hollywood ending for film student who missed the mark

"You know when you feel that something is 'the one' and you don’t have to search anymore. That’s the feeling I got when I came here.”

Elliot Bell, BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology

Elliot thought his dream of going to Staffordshire University was over when he didn't get the right grades but went above and beyond to prove he should get a place.

The first time that Elliot Bell visited Staffordshire University he knew that he wanted to study BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology however he didn't meet the entry requirements.

“I think it was the atmosphere. You know when you feel that something is 'the one' and you don’t have to search anymore. That’s the feeling I got when I came here.” he remembered.

Determined to secure a place, Elliot contacted the course leaders and sent examples of his work including scripts he had written. Impressed by his initiative and the quality of his work, the lecturers accepted Elliot onto the course.

“The lecturers are absolutely amazing, they are hard workers and enticed me to come to the university and keep going.” he said.

“It's that feeling of being accepted. That no matter what your skills are, you are accepted and they help you learn. The lecturers will sit you down and tell you step by step how you can improve.”

Elliot took advantage of the opportunities at university and embarked on a range of work experience including helping to film a documentary by BAFTA nominated director Stephen Saunders. For the project Elliot travelled across Europe following the journey of a man who rebuilt his grandfather's WW1 plane.

“I'd say the main reason I make films is the fact that I get to meet these amazing people who I wouldn't meet in my normal daily life. It's been a truly eye-opening experience.” he commented.

Elliot graduated with a 2:1 and since finishing the course has worked on various film projects. He has international work in the pipeline and ultimately hopes to become a cinematographer.

He urges others to follow his example and not give up on their ambitions: “I have improved so much that I've come out of university and been accepted onto multiple jobs with more to come in the future.”

“Even if everyone is putting you down, I'd say ignore them and chase your dream. Even if you get knocked down, get back up and try again.”


Staffordshire University has a range of courses available through Clearing and extra staff have been drafted in to offer expert guidance over the coming weeks.

Find out how to speak with a Clearing adviser about starting a course in September at Staffordshire University here.



Amy Platts
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