Who am II'm Simona Șușnea, a young Romanian cinematographer.
I have been accepted to the Cinematography MA at the National Film and Television School in England. This prestigious school only accepts 8 cinematography students per year. To be on this course has been my dream since the age of 18, when I knew I wanted to be a film-maker. I am now 25.
I started my film education in Bucharest, Romania. Now I wish to embark on the last educational journey until I start to practice this art and craft on a high professional level.
What do I love to do
Make films and create pictures.
Either at 24 frames per second, or still photography, images are the means of my expression. There's nothing more thrilling than being on set, behind the camera.
have shot a good number of short films and I wish to keep making films
and address to a large number of people by using this great visual art
that cinematography is.
My film - making experience
For my student work, I have received a Kodak Cinematography Award.
In 2011 I was a scholar at the world-wide prestigious Budapest Cinematography Masterclass, with cinematographers Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC (The Deer Hunter) and Elemer Ragalyi, HSC (Jakob the liar) as tutors.My short films have been and will be shown at international short film festivals this year. This spring, one of my recent shorts has been on the Romanian Short Waves Screening at Cannes Int. Film Festival.
The NFTS is a world - wide top film school where some of the world's greatest film-makers received their education.
I am sure you watched A beautiful mind, Wallace and Gromit, Harry Potter, Star Wars or Bridget Jones without knowing that their creators have a thing in common. Their educational background.
International film-makers are regularly invited as tutors at NFTS, sharing their experience with the students. The students themselves are quite great also, creating a student community in the little town of Beaconsfield.
It's the best environment to be experiencing education, learning from cinema professionals and through making films.
Impact over one's education and career
The course is two years, full time and it is led by Brian Tufano, the cinematographer of Trainspotting.
Following this intense MA program, graduates have the chance to start a career in film-making, creating influential pictures for the screen.
This won't happen over the night and will require to continue the hard work, but the school will prepare you enough to be a cinema professional up to the industry's standards.
Money makes the world go round
The good news is that I was selected at this competitive and prestigious film school, but to be able to study here, 11300 pounds need to be payed by 1st November, this amount covering the 1st year study fee (the 18245 dollars target equals 11300 pounds).
If I fail to do so, the good news turns into bad news and I lose my place on this amazing course.
With your help, I'll be turning the good news into great news and I will be able to fulfill my dream of attending the NFTS, as well making the step towards a strong film-making career.
Why am I asking for help
Financially I can't do it by myself. I have the drive to do it, but don't have enough resources.
I have 2000 pounds out of 19800 that I need for one year at NFTS. This includes the study fee and the living expenses.
The school will hardly leave any free time to get a job. The school is also based in Beaconsfield, giving me poor job choices.
NFTS does not offer financial support / fee discounts to non-British students and the possibility to take a loan in UK or Romania is zero.
I am working 7 days a week to be able to raise at least a good part of the money.
The only way to make this happen is through my work and through people's support.
Please take a moment and look at what I can offer in exchange for your donation. It is not much, but my gratitude and the feeling that you made a difference, I believe that they matter more. Here you have a small sample of the photobook I listed in the perks, with the cover and a page view.
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I believe amazing things happen when people join forces.
Use Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, write an e-mail to your friends with the campaign link.
Remember, you are not just giving your money or time, you are investing in someone's future, giving the opportunity to follow their dream. This is something that can never be expressed in pounds.
Writing THANKS with capital letters and shouting it out loud for everyone who wishes to help.
Please get in touch and find out more checking the following links. On my website you'll see more details about my films and photographs.
http://nftsfilm-tv.ac.uk / www.facebook.com/NFTSFilmTV