Mike Rymer is an award winning writer and director, whose short film ‘SICK’ has been endorsed by Samaritans, and praised by the Guardian for “breaking the silence on mental health”. It has been released on DVD through the British Film Institute, and as part of the Film 4 Forgotten Classics Collection.
He has an MA in Film, a Postgraduate Diploma in Script Development, a BA in Film with Media and Video Production, and is Apple Certified in Final Cut Pro, as well as having a PGC in Creative Arts Education.
As a cinematography tutor, Mike benefits from a grassroots perspective of the production industries, having started out as a runner and worked his way up. So he understands how to balance teaching from the outside in, with being a student developing new works.
He believes that anyone can learn the mechanics of filmmaking but to make a great film is to capture a great story through the lens of your own experience. It’s all about becoming technically competent as well as developing self-awareness.
“Any experience I have is there to structure the learning, but not to define it. I aim to put the student at the centre, and to create an atmosphere in which learning is collaborative. This means every class should be different, reacting to the needs of the people who are present. It’s not difficult for me to enthuse about filmmaking, but to help others discover their own enthusiasm is really rewarding.”