Meet The Team | Sam Mangan
Welcome to the latest instalment of our meet the team series, which, as the title implies will dive into the background of the amazing people that make up The Finish Line. Meet Sam Mangan, who joined us this week!
Sam grew up in St Margarets, just a stone’s throw from Twickenham Film Studios, where he fondly recalls his Mum telling him they met the cast of Flash Gordon outside and Flash told him “do you wanna know a secret? My real name is Sam too!” Whilst at school he knew he wanted to work in films and still remembers seeing films at the main Richmond Odeon back in the 80s/90s and feverishly consuming editions of Empire Magazine. After helping out in the local video store behind the desk Sam went on and did a Degree in Film, Media and Culture at Brunel University where he still remembers to this day the pain of VHS linear editing and not being able to calibrate any of the kit at all.
After graduating Sam unwillingly ended up as an assistant manager for a luggage and handbag company in Guildford. The future was bleak but in the space of a week he found himself working as a junior Post Production Coordinator for a team of Post supervisors and ended up at the cast and crew screening of Bridget Jones’s Diary on the Friday. Life had finally changed! He worked on a string of Working Title films throughout 2000 and eventually got a job as a Post Producer at 4MC/St Anne’s Post. Whilst he was happy he knew his heart was in the creative side of the industry. As luck would have it a new boutique post house was opening in W1 and he landed a role as Head of Offline support. No more invoicing, yay!
After a while he decided a change of scenery was needed and he moved to a successful West London facility where, after a few years managing the machine room, he moved into the finishing department working alongside many of the future employees of The Finish Line. Outside of the suite Sam is currently beavering away building a home recording studio and trying to find the best way to mount his guitar collection on the wall. He’s on 8 currently…
On joining The Finish Line Sam said:
To be working again with so many people I respect and admire is truly a wonderful thing. I’m so eager to start exploring new ways to achieve things and to better myself as a whole by embracing change.
We asked Sam what advice he would give to his younger self:
Never be afraid to ask questions and don’t believe that you are the complete expert on anything. We can always learn other ways of doing things, or something new. Make the time to learn from colleagues, friends and family. Also, be polite to everyone and never make enemies. Life’s too short and this industry is very small so it serves you no favours.