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Sam Hughes

Sam Hughes, a Prince William Scholar, supported by Warner Bros. Creative Talent and BAFTA talks about the highlights of his year as part of Season One…

The first word that springs to mind when even attempting to sum up the past year is still “Wow” in awe and amazement. It’s been a whole year since I applied for the scholarship to study MSc Post Production with Sound Design and I still can’t believe all of what’s happened in the past 12 months.

When asked the highlights of the year it’s a harder question still. So much has happened and so much has led me to where I am now. I am grateful for all of it. Not only have I met amazing people from the industry, but of course my fellow Season One comrades, who have become great friends throughout this experience.  However here a couple of highlights from the year:

Meeting Prince William – A very incredible moment and still very surreal!

Edge of Tomorrow Premiere – It was well worth the early morning to meet Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Tom Hardy on the red carpet!

Working at Traveller’s Tales Games – As part of the scholarship I was given a 3 month contract as Junior Sound Designer at TT Games and worked on some great projects including DLC for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.

Develop 30 Under 30 – Being nominated for this amazing accomplishment, which I never would have achieved without the skills I developed during my scholarship.

Of course one of the biggest moments was achieving a distinction for my course, as well as winning the award for highest overall grade on my course!

I feel privileged, lucky and most of all proud of what I have been able to achieve because of this scholarship and the support from both BAFTA and Warner Bros.

Throughout the year I had a fantastic mentor in Helen Alexander, Director of Warner Bros. De Lane Lea. Helen really helped as much as she could from introductions, to sitting in on sessions and meeting the audio team. I still keep in touch with her and she’s always a great help.

There are other scholarships out there, but I have never seen one that has anything close to what I have been able to be a part of this last year.  

I only hope that my future years can keep up the pace!

So, to sum up, I feel privileged, lucky and most of all proud of what I have been able to achieve because of this scholarship and the support from both BAFTA and Warner Bros.

In the beginning when I applied, I never believed I would be selected, so to be chosen and to get to this moment has been an incredible journey. Now I’m up for the next adventure – hopefully continuing with sound design for games and really going for it in game audio!

Finally, to Season Two I say embrace it, enjoy it, and just go for it!

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