Graduate success: Romena Vasanth, Director’s Assistant at Framestore Pictures

Romena Vasanth

‘During my degree I was able to take on a lot of projects as director or group leader which now has helped me in coordinating shoots on a larger scale’

Romena Vasanth, Director’s Assistant at Framestore Pictures, studied MArt Digital Arts and graduated in 2020. Romena told us about her time at Kent, her responsibilities at Framestore Pictures, and her advice for students looking to get into the same career.

How do you feel your time at Kent prepared you for working in the industry?
During my time at Kent I was a part of multiple societies and ran as Digital Media society president. These opportunities gave me a space to meet new people, network, and pushed me to challenge myself. It prepared me for the industry as I felt confident having a busy schedule and didn’t shy away from being myself.

What did you learn in your degree that has been beneficial to you in your role?
My integrated masters gave me a great understanding of the visual effects pipeline and when working on projects I was able to apply my knowledge and skills across multiple areas. During my degree I was able to take on a lot of projects as director or group leader which now has helped me in coordinating shoots on a larger scale.

What are your main responsibilities and tasks?
My role is to work closely with the directors and the producers across our multiple studios to help produce scripts and treatments. On a day-to-day basis, I carry out research to help the creative process and assist with production shoots. I also love the administration aspect which is organising the project timelines and assisting the producers with bids and documentation.

Are you working on any exciting projects that you can share?
Currently I am working on multiple projects across film, advertising and immersive but none that I am able to disclose right now.

What are your plans for the future?
I am eager to learn everything I can in this industry and want to get hands on with each of our streams. I am working towards coordinating producing and directing.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow the same career path?
Keep doing what you love, spend time working on your craft and just be yourself. It takes time but there are lot of opportunities out there that get you one step closer. For anyone looking to follow a similar career path my advice would be to very organised, learn how to balance multiple projects and be open minded about learning new skills.

What was your favourite memory from your time at Kent?
I have an endless amount of good memories from my time at Kent. I spent my time surrounded by good people and great people. One of my favourite memories was bike riding from our university sports centre to Whitstable beach. We spent the day eating fish and chips and walking around the town.