Welcome to our latest NFTS story, a series of blogs featuring our alumni talking about where they were before they came to the School and where they are now (follow the series by using the #NFTSStories hashtag across Twitter and Instagram). Palma Derzsi graduated from the Production Management for Film and Television Diploma in 2018 and has since worked on a Pilot for Sky.

What were you doing before applying to the NFTS? Before coming to the NFTS, I studied Landscape Architecture and simultaniously Theatrology. I also worked for a theatre and beside many other roles I’ve organised festivals and stage managed musicals. 

What are you doing now? I’m currently working as a freelancer. I got lucky and started working almost straight after I finished the course. I was a Production Manager on a Pilot for Sky and NFTS called me back to help with the Directing Commercials course and the BFI Film Academy residential. I’m now working on documentaries and a feature too. I feel very fortunate to be so busy!

How has studying at the NFTS helped you in your journey to your current career? Going to the NFTS helped me a lot to take a big step and change my career. The School taught me the craft and the skills to become a Production Manager. I didn’t imagine that I could learn so much in a year. I know I have more learning to do but I am equipped with a lot more confidence thanks to the NFTS.

What advice would you give to an aspiring NFTS student? Work as much as possible at the school and use every opportunity it gives you (but sleep too). There is a whole infrastructure at the school that allows you to become the professional you’re planning to be. And please make friends during your time there, because all the fellow NFTS students are in the same boat and it’s easier to move forward together after graduating.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which film, TV boxset or video game would you take? Taking any of these would require a lot of extra objects: a solar panel, a generator, laptop, maybe it’s better to just live technology free and life would become a film /surviving game in itself. Yes, blabla, but my favourite movie is Seven Psychopaths!

For more information on the Production Management for Film and Television Diploma, please visit www.nfts.co.uk/productionmanagement

Applications are open until 7th July 2019 to start in September 2019.

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