Lili Lea Abraham
- Job title:
- Art assistant
Joining Creative Skillset’s Trainee Finder scheme in 2014 gave Lili Lea Abraham a foot in the door of the film industry. And a bursary has helped her attend an international educational programme for art department professionals to further develop her skills in production design.
Originally from Hungary, Lili Lea Abraham moved to London in 2010 to study film at the London College of Communication. While she had the chance to design short films and cover the theoretical aspects of film at university, she encountered the perennial problem of transitioning to work in the industry without knowing many film professionals or having real-world practical experience.
Being accepted on Creative Skillset’s Trainee Finder scheme allowed her to get a foot in the door. Working on projects like Mowgli and The Halcyon enabled Lili to gain invaluable work experience and credits, but it also helped her to start building her professional network. She reaps the benefits of that today; some of the people she has met have since employed her, whilst others have become close friends.
Following the work she did in Mowgli’s prop department, joining the Warner Brothers Creative Talent Scheme in 2015 offered Lili further training opportunities. Many films later – Ready Player One, Paddington 2 and Life and Death of John F Donovan are only a few of the titles on her resume – Lili is continuing production designing shorts and independent art house feature films and fulfilling her ambition of becoming a full-time production designer.
Recently, a bursary from the Creative Skillset Film Skills Investment Fund allowed Lili to attend Art Department Masterclass: World Building, an international education programme that took place in Vilnius in June 2018. With 80% of the course fees covered by the bursary, she was able to participate in this workshop that focused on the art department’s work in project development and production. Watch a video about the workshop here.
“It’s hard to express in words how inspiring and invaluable the experience of attending the masterclass was. We met incredible production design heroes who answered all of our questions and gave in-depth talks about their work. For me, opportunities to attend events like this are very important to stay inspired and develop my skills in production design.”
Although Lili understands why many graduates are concerned about finding ways to enter the film industry, she believes they should not worry. ”There is a lot of help out there along the way for people who are motivated and hard working. Creative Skillset is an absolutely brilliant example.”