Meet Calling the Shots Mentor and Filmmaker, Michael Jenkins

Meet Michael Jenkins, one of our Calling the Shots mentors. Michael is an award-winning film director and founder of 8th Sense Media, a creative production company that prides itself on giving a voice to unheard voices. We caught up with Michael to find out about his experiences as a mentor on the BBC New Creatives scheme.

What is your background / experience? 

I have been making films since 2012. I started off by making music videos but went into documentaries and arts films and now I make longer form docs and dramas. I’m self-taught so watching videos online and then going out and practicing was the way I learnt my craft.

What does mentoring on the New Creatives scheme involve? 

Being a mentor on the New Creatives scheme involves a lot of meetings and establishing a plan for the New Creatives idea. Essentially, at the beginning we bounce ideas back and forth about ways of approaching the idea. I work to enable the New Creative to think creatively about their idea  and make it achievable within the budget set. I can then help them to source cast and crew and help with the post production side. As a mentor you are with the New Creative all throughout the process and are there to answer any questions and make things less daunting.

What is the best part of being a New Creatives mentor? 

I love being able to work with new creatives on trying to achieve their overall vision. The final film is not always exactly how it was first imagined so going on that journey with the mentee is really exciting and scary at the same time.

What is your favourite memory from working on the New Creatives scheme? 

I really enjoyed working on Dinah. It was the first film made during lockdown on the new creatives scheme, it was challenging but the subject matter was really powerful.

You can find out more about Michael at

Follow him on Twitter: @MichealDJenkins

Follow him on Instagram: officialmichaeljenkins.

Watch this space for more mentor interviews over the coming months.