Sophie Marfleet - case study Sophie Marfleet - case study

Degree: BA Film and American Studies
UEA School: EAS
Year graduated: 2004
Employer: First Cut Post Production 
Position: Runner


Please explain how your career has developed since graduating.

After graduating in 2004, I moved to Bristol where I worked as a runner for an editing company. After that I took a year out to go travelling and when I returned I moved to London. Instead of editing, I got the opportunity to start working in VFX.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your current role or your greatest career achievement so far?

I was a lead VFX artist on the movie Life of Pi and my company won the VFX Oscar that year for our work.

What steps did you take in finding employment (in particular did you use the UEA careers centre, job websites, networking events)?

I actually just sent out my CV to companies and got interviews from that. Once I'd got my foot in the door doing post production, companies were more interested in pursuing me.

What are the key skills you learnt at UEA?

Honestly, the year abroad gave me a passion to live abroad more permanently. If I hadn't had that opportunity, I'm not sure I'd be where I am today. I also learnt to manage my time more effectively.

How have these skills or your course made a difference in your career?

When I started a degree in Film and American studies my friends asked what I was going to do with it. Well I work in film and I live in North America! The course developed my passion for film and opened up the opportunities to do what I do today.

Why did you choose to study at UEA rather than another institution?

It was actually my dad who encouraged me to take a less practical course (which I could learn on the job). Ultimately I felt that the course at UEA wouldn't limit my options when I finished.

Do you have any tips or advice for current students or recent graduates?

The film industry is tough - it's long hours and you start at the bottom even with a degree under your belt. The degree might get you in the door but there's more hard work to come!