Luke Osbond

Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?

I studied Maths, Art, Physics and Technology for A level before moving into Computer Animation. I realised midway through the course that what I enjoyed the most about it were the elements that focused on constructing a visual narrative (i.e. storyboarding, cinematography, screenwriting) and left to pursue film.

What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

At first I was unsure about what aspect of film I wanted to pursue. So I tried screenwriting, concept art, storyboarding, writing articles and reviews and finally making my own short films. For this reason I thought it best to do a degree that allowed me the freedom to savour the different aspects that fall under film. I chose Oxford Brookes principally for the great location, close to London but not within it and for this freedom.

What do you think of the course now you’re here?

The course is fantastically diverse. The course is relatively young which means that they are very in tune with the flowing tide of the film business and are adjusting and improving the programme year by year.

How did your scholarship or bursary enhance your experience of the course?

Simply, it allowed me to continue with it. But it also provided me the freedom to extend my reach into the film world with small expenses here and there that I otherwise could not have afforded: my trip to Cannes, a more respectable budget for my short films and projects (more than, say, nothing), attending seminars around Oxford and expos around London endeavouring to build my contact base.

What are your plans for when you’ve completed your course, for work or further study?

I have started a production company with two other students, capital for which we have slowly accrued through profits from projects and investors, and the rest from loans. Of course, for the first few years, I’ll have to get a standard desk job to pay the bills and repayments.

What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?

In being a modern university, Brookes has an incredibly energetic vibe, particularly in the constant desire to improve student experience.

What advice do you have for others?

It’s important to remember that this is a theory based degree. If you are absolutely sure that you want to make films, go to film school. Also, this is a humanities degree; you really only get out of it what you put it. There’s so much more beyond the degree. Two words: experience and contacts.

Luke studied Film Studies BA (Hons) with the School of Arts

Brookes has an incredibly energetic vibe, particularly in the constant desire to improve student experience.