Lights, camera, action!
My name is Santiago Barretto, I am 17 years old and am currently studying physics, maths and Spanish at Ashville College, in Harrogate.
I’ve been at Ashville for three years now, incredibly the second longest amount of time I have spent in one school. My father’s jobs have taken us all over the world throughout the years, and frankly I’m still not sure if I am thankful or resentful of this.
I have a dual nationality with England being my country of birth and Uruguay being the birthplace of my parents. If I were to compare the two countries I would probably describe them as complete opposites and to have lived in both of them aswell as Bolivia and Singapore has been an incredibly confusing and troublesome experience to say the least.
The result of this is represented by my sister and myself, a 21 year old law graduate with first honours and a 17 year old athletic film enthusiast… not your average children!
In the next few years my goal is to get excellent grades in all of my A-Level exams, enter a great film studies course at a great university, discover great new things, and hopefully find a use for the three years spent studying mandarin in Singapore.
Movies and television have been a huge part of my life, whether it was back in 2005 renting a new movie every Friday from the nearest blockbuster, or it was 2016 and finding new films to add to the film collection (Which has probably reached over 1000 DVD’s by now). Although being involved in making films is a relatively new idea of mine it felt more like an epiphany when thinking of where my future would lead.
So far I’ve participated in the London MET Film School’s “Young Filmmakers’ Workshop” where I learned a great amount about the magic that happens behind the cameras. We were taught about everything from literally holding the camera to editing the footage.
It was a great experience which has not only got me more excited about involving myself in film but also compelled me to consider their longer more extensive courses. In the comfort of my own home I have also experimented with the more theoretical parts of film making, I have written some short screenplays, none of which I would call “good” but instead I would call them “progress”.