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Mouthanna Al-Sayegh

"The Goldsmiths name is recognised nationally and internationally, and many job offers I received were based on the fact that I had undertaken a Masters degree at Goldsmiths."

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Year graduated 2010
Website www.mouthanna.com
Occupation Award-winning Film and Television Editor

"Studying the MA in Filmmaking was a once in a lifetime experience. It not only gave me the opportunity to experience all aspects of the filmmaking process; it also allowed me to focus on the area I am most passionate about – Film Editing.

As the Editor, I felt I held the potential to transform our film into something amazing, but just as easily I could have destroyed it. This gave me a direct awareness of what filmmaking is really about – creativity and decisiveness. I expanded my storytelling ability and judgment of how to keep a story in flow – by giving the audience enough story information to keep them engaged, but also withholding information to make the audience crave to know what will happen next. We created an entertaining, daring and artistically challenging film that could touch a global audience.

The degree was the first time that I studied and socialised with very like-minded students. The facilities were fantastic, and the teachers were highly skilled and had in-depth knowledge about the industry. The year really flew by in the blink of an eye.

The experience at Goldsmiths built a solid ground for my career. The knowledge I gained was a shortcut for years of experience had I not done the Masters degree. It enhanced my understanding of the art of film editing and made me strive for perfection and to look at things from different perspectives to meet the client's requirements, all within tight deadlines. I became more professional, I now stand up for my views and opinions more and not am afraid of presenting them in front of a group in a professional environment.

Since graduating, I've edited short and feature films, documentaries, promos and television shows of various genres and styles which have been broadcast on international channels and screened at major film festivals. They've won awards and accolades, such as Best Drama Short, New York Film Festival 2010, for 'Morrison's Birthday Party', and the Audience Award, BFI's NAHEMI Festival 2010, for 'N25'. 

The Goldsmiths name is recognised nationally and internationally, and many job offers I received were based on the fact that I had undertaken a Masters degree at Goldsmiths."

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