Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath
Buckinghamshire, SL0 0NH
Why did you decide to set up FDI?
I had a call one day from a girl who said she wanted to be an Art Director, so I asked for a portfolio she said ‘you don’t have to be able draw to be an art director’. I decided to tell students what Art Direction is in film.
The first step was I put the deposit on the school room, bought drawing boards, bought absolutely everything. I contacted two colleagues who thought it was a brilliant idea but one week before we were starting they wouldn’t back it so I continued it myself because I felt it was so important.
How long passed between having the idea and the first day of the first course?
Has it always been here?
Always been this room because it’s in the old house and the architecture is excellent for this course.
Who were your first students?
The very first group consisted of Andrew Bennett and Alex Lemonis. Of course it became word of mouth and spiralled from there.
Has the Art Direction training course changed since you first established it?
No. Activities haven’t changed at all but I have added to the reference library and make sure information regarding new technologies are up to date.
April 2005 I approached Skillset who saw the value of the course for film industry for crafts and started to offer funding for students.
Five years ago I was asked by Skillset to offer a CAD course as well, so I then took on Kee and I have the license for it.
Roughly 2011 University of West London contacted me to ask if they could encorporate the FDI Art Direction training as part of their MA in Film Design. The following year I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University and plans to incorporate the two courses began. Ray Stanley is assisting in that and we look forward to the first UWL students joining us later this year.
FDI students on a tour of the Harry Potter Experience Film making magic, with the best guide - inside knowledge... https://t.co/Q62CdALFUJ8th October 2016, 7:53pm
Putting the exercises into practice...fantastic modelling by FDI student James Cura - Portfolio Building, now onto… https://t.co/NKFseH4dnh8th October 2016, 4:35pm
Learning the traditions and discipline of hand draughting was a revelation, and placed me firmly on my current career path.
Terry has given me the tools and confidence to pursue art department work - I think taking his course was the best career decision I've made thus far.
I thank Terry for believing in me, all those years ago and for giving me the confidence and skill set that are required in the Film Industry today.
In every persons career there are always key mentors and supporters along the way. For me, Terry is one of these people and FDI was the start of a career I love.