Success Stories

Through work with The Offshoot Foundation and Offshoot Films, we've provided over 300 young people with work experience.  There have been many successes along the way - sometimes small ones, sometimes life changing ones.  Here are two of those stories.

Dan’s Story

Dan first worked with Paul when in Year 9 as part of our young film makers group.  He quickly became a talented editor and Paul employed him to work alongside him on projects, building up Dan’s showreel and CV. 

Dan attended West Suffolk College and was the first of Paul’s students to attend Ravensbourne University.  Dan worked with Paul as often as he could and also found work experience at many production companies in London.  He left University with a 2:1 degree and continues to work with The Offshoot Foundation, as well as Russia Today and The Clare Balding Show for BT Sport.

Before I worked alongside Paul, I only dreamt of working in TV. I had no idea of how to achieve this. It was Paul who advised, coached and mentored me through school, college and university. He showed faith in my talent and ability.
— Dan Newman, BT Sport Floormanager
Dan and the Young Film Makers on set.

Dan and the Young Film Makers on set.

Ashley's Story

Ashley was fourteen when he first went along to one of our workshops.  He quickly became engrossed in media and would attend every workshop he could.  He was disaffected at school and left with no qualifications.  Despite this, Ashley was welcomed to West Suffolk College on the Media Production course because of his commitment to working with Offshoot during his spare time in the preceding two years. 

Ashley continued to grow in confidence and ability at college and continued to develop his film showreel over the next two years.  With a CV demonstrating a wealth of experience, he applied to Ravensbourne University in 2013, but was concerned about his lack of formal qualifications.  Once the university had seen the amount of work that Ashley had completed whilst working with Offshoot and at college, they were happy to offer him an unconditional place.

Meeting and working with you has changed my life. I never thought I would amount to much and was told that by many people. You showed me that with commitment and hard work, I can achieve. Thank you for showing faith in me and giving me a focus in life. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you.
— Ashley
A young Ashley working at an Offshoot Foundation Live TV workshop.

A young Ashley working at an Offshoot Foundation Live TV workshop.

Paul Press

Many young people who have had work experience with myself still keep in touch.  Lots have gone on to work in the film and TV industries, but there many more who have found other careers.  Never a week goes by without a former student asking me for a reference.  I'm proud to think that in some way I've helped a young person take one of those first few steps on the career ladder.

Young Film Makers celebrating Oscar wins for their workshop films.

Young Film Makers celebrating Oscar wins for their workshop films.