If you're considering a master's degree in filmmaking, don't miss this Q&A with a current student.
Peter Kertesz is an actor, producer and a current student on the AUB Online MA Film Practice. We spoke to Peter about what motivated him to study Film Practice online, how the course is already making an impact on his career, and what advice he has for other professionals thinking about studying for a master’s degree.
Read on to find out more:
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
Peter: I fell in love with acting when I was in junior high school, and I pursued theater for several years. Around the same time, I began practicing martial arts, which eventually led to me taking on work as a stuntman. To further enhance my skills, I made a trip to LA to meet and learn from a wonderful acting coach named Bobby Shaw Chance.
Ten years ago, I made the decision to relocate to Asia and settled in Taiwan to pursue a career in acting and filmmaking. Since then, I have been involved in numerous films, commercials, and TV dramas. I also had the opportunity to perform stunts for Chris Evans, and I gradually shifted from being in front of the camera to working behind it.
As a financially disadvantaged orphan from a small village, I had three dreams: to study acting in LA, to meet Jackie Chan, and to see my film on the big screen one day. A few years ago, I had the privilege of meeting Jackie Chan on set, while filming "Bleeding Steel," and I spent some time attending an acting school in LA.
I am hopeful that after completing this course, I will possess all the knowledge necessary to bring my screenplay to life on the silver screen!
Why did you choose to study online with AUB?
Peter: One factor was my Course Adviser, who was exceptionally helpful and patient, meeting all of my expectations. Another was the Course Leader Alex Nevill. Not only does he have an excellent academic background, but he has also undertaken a lot of work that I admire. I believe that I can learn a lot from a course put together by a cinematographer like him. A third reason was Bournemouth Film School's excellent reputation.
What motivated you to study this course at master’s level?
Peter: In the realm of filmmaking, there is an abundance of knowledge to acquire. If you aspire to be among the select few who achieve success, continuous learning is essential. Obtaining a Master's degree in filmmaking can significantly expand your opportunities and open doors to further your career.
What are networking opportunities like for online students?
Peter: I believe that as an online student, you have just as many opportunities to network as a student who is physically present on campus. Thanks to social media, you can connect with individuals from around the globe. Many filmmakers collaborate with professionals who may not necessarily be in the same time zone.
How do you balance studying with work and other commitments?
Peter: There is a wealth of resources available to help improve your time management skills and achieve a balance between study and work. With the course's flexibility, it becomes much more manageable. But I am not going to lie, it does get very busy sometimes. I haven't encountered many issues during my studies, but when difficulties do arise, the Student Adviser team consistently excels in providing solutions.
How do you feel the course will help you within your career?
Peter: The course has provided me with valuable insights across various aspects of filmmaking, including pre-production, production, and post-production, which I have been able to directly apply to my current job. With both the degree from AUB and the knowledge I have gained, I am confident that it will significantly enhance my career prospects and open doors to new opportunities.
Any advice for someone thinking of studying this course?
Peter: First, exercise patience. The volume of new information can be overwhelming at times, so it's essential to take it step by step.
Secondly, leave your ego at the door. There’ll be occasions when your ideas may not be the best ones, and it's important to be receptive to learning from others. The filmmaking process often requires collaboration, and great films are rarely made in isolation. Stay open to input and collective creativity.
Thank you to Peter for sharing his thoughts on the course!
Are you ready to follow your passion for filmmaking? Discover more about AUB Online’s MA Film Practice: