Testimonials

Damian Leon Watts (2011)

Assistant Art Director, (Mission Impossible 5, Dad’s Army, Woman in Black)

By the time I contacted Terry Ackland-Snow regarding the FDI course at Pinewood, I had already had the opportunity of working on my first film, but since finishing in Christmas 2010, I was struggling to find new opportunities throughout the first half of 2011 to develop my skills.

I contacted Terry in October 2011 to arrange a meeting so that we could discuss my career and if the FDI Course would be beneficial for me. Terry was very complementary towards my Portfolio, but said that with the correct skill set and confidence in my own abilities, my Portfolio could be so much more.

After completing the four-week Art Direction course with Terry at FDI, I was invited to stay on and take on new projects to challenge my new skills and develop my technical drawing. After the Christmas break I was intending to go back to FDI but before I could make arrangements to do so, I was contacted by an Art Director and asked to join him on a TV Drama called ‘The Last Weekend’. I followed the same Art Director and jumped onto his next production ‘Singularity’ and as this production was coming to a close I secured a position on ‘Kick Ass 2’ with a new crew and new Supervising Art Director.

Since the beginning of 2011 my career has gone from strength to strength and Terry Ackland-Snow has always been there for moral support and guidance. He continues to offer his advice today and 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.

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