Student Stories

Tayyib Mahmood

BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology

With several years’ experience in making short films and videos, Tayyib took the opportunity to enhance his expertise at Birmingham City University. Having been attracted by the University’s strong reputation, he has been able to take advantage of its excellent facilities and opportunities to make new contacts in the industry.

Film Production Technology

Birmingham City University

"I chose Birmingham City University because it was linked to my college, and was highly regarded for media and film courses. I have many friends who were attending the University before I arrived and said it had a great reputation in the creative departments of arts and film.

"Film Production Technology was something that appealed to me as I wanted to learn more about the technology and science behind the making of a film. This could be the lighting, the filter in a camera, the measurement of lighting or the space in a scene. I’ve enjoyed all my modules so far and I cannot wait for what is to come.

" This helped me be more open to my lecturers such as Sandeep Chahil, Jay Patel and Stephen Gordon. They are amazing lecturers and are amazing at their jobs.

"I like the people in the University. At first I believed university would be difficult but I soon came to realise that everyone is really friendly and I’ve taken part in a couple of societies such as ‘First Take Studios’ and ‘Badminton’. There are a range of facilities to use at Birmingham City University and I personally love the Doug Ellis Sports Centre as it’s a great facility for all your sports and physical needs.

"My faculty is amazing as it allows many trips for the students studying Film Production Technology, a couple of which I have signed up for. There are expos which we can go to see the latest technology and make new contacts; there was also an opportunity to be on TV series.

"I have worked with the British Film Institute to help youngsters get a breakthrough the industry by making their own short film. This enabled me to get more experience as a mentor and of how a film is made. I have also worked behind the scenes of Stephen Spielberg’s film , which was filmed in Birmingham.

"My plans are to hopefully find a graduate job to work as an editor at a small production company or work in a marketing company as an editor for film trailers and promotional materials. I have been creating trailers and short films for about 6 years and am hoping to make a career for myself. I am a graduate from the National Film and Television School."

With several years’ experience in making short films and videos, Tayyib took the opportunity to enhance his expertise at Birmingham City University. Having been attracted by the University’s strong reputation, he has been able to take advantage of its excellent facilities and opportunities to make new contacts in the industry.