"Working with the team at Channel 7 was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, as a young filmmaker I found it very rewarding being able to socialise with others that shared my passion.
The skills I learned certainly carried forwards for me as in the years following I started a company called Eco Market (www.ecomarket.com) and was able to put my video making skills to the test some some on site recording and video editing saving our business a lot of money from having to outsource this to an agency!"
"Channel 7 gave me invaluable experience in being part of a film crew at an early age, cementing my desire to turn the hobby into something more.
Working on several productions with the group created a strong foundation for working toward a career in film and tv; obtaining experience in equipment, techniques and credits in films beyond basic home-video making which helped me earn a place at a coveted UK film school
Since then I've worked on two Hollywood feature films and a variety of TV drama series for all major broadcasters. I truly believe I couldn't have reached where I am today without those first steps taken with Channel 7 into the world of making movies."
"I worked on the 'The Memory Partnership' with Channel 7 in 2009. I had previously worked on stage shows before, but this was my first time acting for camera.
It was a great, fun experience but it also gave me in insight into what it is like to be working in front of a camera which is a completely different experience to being on the stage. By doing this it gave me the confidence to apply for performing arts colleges.
At 16 I went to Stageworks for a two year foundation course and I am now at Italia Conti in London in the hope of becoming a professional performer. I loved working with Channel 7 and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in acting."
"I'm current studying at post-graduate level to become a Speech & Language Therapist and am also teaching and performing dance internationally at a semi-professional level.
I feel that having had some experience in the amateur film industry at a relatively young age has undoubtedly been key in building my confidence, my ability to project confidence, as well as contributing to my love of language and the arts.
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Channel 7 and have some fantastic memories of my time with them. It was a fantastic laugh and a great opportunity to get involved in some brilliant projects."
"As a child I was addicted to film and television. I was desperate to be involved in the film making but, to someone growing up in a small village in Cambridgeshire, it all felt helplessly out of reach. I can't remember how I first heard about Channel 7 but I'm overwhelming glad that I did.
Through being involved in their productions, first as an actor and latterly as a scriptwriter I gained exposure to the Video making process in all its pre-digital glory.
Darren Lalonde has devoted years of his life to Channel 7 for no financial gain in doing this he has empowered young adults to find a creative voice in an exciting and ever evolving medium.
It was my work at Channel 7 that encouraged me to study Film at College, this in turn gained me a place on a TV and Video Production course at Bournemouth University and I've been working in the creative media industry ever since. My career has seen me explore many aspects of the media landscape, from live television production through to advertising and branding but the lessons I learnt at Channel 7 remain as relevant today as they were then."
"Channel 7 was the very beginnings of my love of filmmaking. I was involved in their projects during my teenage years and the mentoring of its two founders proved invaluable, not only for the techniques and practices required to make a film, but also to cement my future interest in pursuing a career in film.
I have now started working as a freelance Camera Trainee in Film and Television and have worked on several high-profile productions for BBC America, Red and Black Films and Little Monsters Films. My thanks to Channel 7 and its founders for inspiring my career and providing me with the knowledge and confidence to break into this competitive industry!
I would recommend Channel 7 to anyone interested in film, their friendly and professional approach will prepare any motivated person for the world of film ahead."
"I first worked with Channel 7 with the dream of becoming an actor, but through seeing the process of filmmaking I found myself more interested in the technical aspect of the production.
I came back to help on a different film and became the sound recordist, finding that I enjoyed the experience much more than acting.
Recently I have been studying Film and Television Production at University. If not for Channel 7 I genuinely don't know how I would have realised that I had a natural talent for things such as camera work and lighting.
The club offers people genuine insights into how production works not just for an actor but also for technical crew and it is really an opportunity you cannot miss
I have gotten work experience and paid jobs based on the skills learnt at Channel 7!"
"Channel 7 has been key in giving me production experience through a range of roles that is otherwise very hard to get, and also allowed me to build a CV that's appealing to industry employers. Because the club structures its shoots to mimic that of a professional production, it provided a deeper understanding of the filmmaking process which in turn set me in good stead for work outside the club.
I'm now studying a 3 year TV & Radio degree at the University of Salford in MediaCityUK, on the doorstep of ITV & the BBC, with a view to a career in the film & television industry."
I began getting involved with Channel 7 productions about 10 years ago, in this time I have performed as an extra, a runner, a clapper loader and most recently created one of their "making ofs". By being part of the team it has allowed me to gain knowledge and interest in film and subsequently helped me to decide on the career path in the film industry. I couldn't be prouder to be part of the Channel 7 team, it was the best decision I've made to be involved with such wonderful people.
My first work as a sound recordist was with Darren and the team at Channel7. This gave me an insight into how important it was to get good quality sound for a film to work. This led on to me applying for a BFI academy course in Cambridge, later that year.
Since then I have gone onto to do more sound recording for other short films and am really enjoying all aspects of sound in film.