Senghenydd graduate’s dream job on set of new TV drama His Dark Materials
News | Alexia Conrath and Rhys Williams | Published: 11:00, Sunday November 3rd, 2019.
A film graduate from Senghenydd has been working as a trainee production assistant on the new TV drama His Dark Materials, which is airing on Sunday, November 3.
Andrew Creak, 23, is one of 40 graduates from the University of South Wales (USW) Film and TV School who have been involved the production.
The series, based on the novels by Philip Pullman, has been developed by Cardiff-based development company Bad Wolf Productions, which is also behind A Discovery of Witches, which had scenes filmed in Caerphilly Castle.
The show airs on BBC One Wales at 8pm and will be available on demand on BBC iPlayer.
Mr Creak said: “I chose to study at USW as it’s close to where I live and it has close connections with industry, such as Bad Wolf. Also, the creative arts industry is booming in Cardiff.
“My degree involved different aspects of industry from film theory, history of film, to practical assignments making short films etc.
“We learnt all the different aspects of production – all working together to make something beautiful.”
He added: “It feels amazing to go from graduating to working on a high-quality BBC/HBO production.
“Studying at USW gave me the confidence to apply for work experience. During my first week, I got to work with one of my favourite actors but my favourite part of my role is being able to see every single part of the production – from pre-production through to post-production.
“This is my first proper job working in the industry. I never thought I would go into a role like this. I didn’t even know this job existed when I started studying film.
“Working for Bad Wolf has been phenomenal. The things I get to see and do as part of the production has been beyond what I could have imagined.”
Tom Ware, head of Film and TV School Wales, said: “Everyone at USW is thrilled that, thanks to our close partnership with Screen Alliance Wales, we are able to create so many opportunities for our students and graduates to work on this ground breaking series.
“To be able to support so many talented young people now and on future series’ is both an honour and a privilege.”