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James Ian Gray, Class of 2007 | Cinematographer & DIT

JamesIanGray_ShootingPeopleOur 2007 graduate James Ian Gray calls himself a ‘junior cinematographer’. He has a new site and his blog is a good way to understand what is a DIT and what are LUTs? His industry career started two weeks before he graduated in sound at a television shopping channel. He’s been a runner at the BBC, managed 10 edit suites, worked as a researcher, became a freelancer, camera assisted and is a DIT. This is a must-read story from graduating to working on a BBC doco and film in the last couple of years. He said:  I’m currently working as a DIT on a couple of music videos and art projects. I’ve just finished a Feature Bonded By Blood 2 (2015)  as a DIT.  Here is Jim’s latest showreel and he would like your feedback.

My career started in 2007. Continue reading

Luma St. (2013) | Film Fest Screenings

Luma_St_picA quick update about Luma St. (2013) from LSFM Senior Lecturer Sultan EfeThe animation was made by our former students who worked collaboratively during their degree courses from animation to audio production. The creative team, 2014 graduates Daniel Escobar, Alex Kirkwood, Alexander Stokes, Samuel Brierley, Adam Horsepool and music/sound by Nathan James Lewis, is making a global name for Luma St. in festivals (again!). 

Luma St. has been at this month’s Silk Road Film Festival in Dublin.  It will be at the 10th ATHENS ANIMFEST (26 March – 1 April 2015) showing this Thursday.


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LSFM Student Opps: International Mentoring & Filmmaking Project

International Buddy Scheme 1Senior Lecturer Marcella Forster initiated our School’s International Buddy Scheme (picked by the University of Lincoln Student Engagement Innovation Fund 2014) and currently she is recruiting for another batch of LSFM Student Mentors (to start in September 2015).  Marcella said: First and second years from all programmes in LSFM (international students are particularly welcome) can apply. The aim is to provide peer support to our international students during their first year in LSFM. You will be trained in mentoring and cross-cultural awareness. This qualifies for the Lincoln Award. Email mforster@lincoln.ac.uk for details and an application form. Applications MUST be returned to me by 23rd March. 

LookingChina2014_Luke-Winter_Zhong ShanPark2If you are interested in making films in CHINA this July, here is a great student opportunity to apply for – it is called Looking China 2015.  

Deadline 17 April 2015 | Email your application form to rosmith@lincoln.ac.uk | More info from either Sarah Barrow or Brian Winston Continue reading

Maria Blackstone, Student Work Experience | BBC Good Food Mag

Maria Blackstone_cropped_L3student_March2015I was lucky enough to gain work experience for two weeks with BBC Good Food Magazine. I have always wanted to get a job with BBC Good Food Magazine, ever since my mum started receiving the subscription. My mum taught me to cook at a young age, and it has been something that my passion has grown and grown for. I attended a ten week Junior Chef Academy course at Westminster College when I was younger, and really loved it. I have since set up my food blog where I write up my own recipes and photograph them, channelling my knowledge learnt from my degree course in Contemporary Lens Media (Photography and Video) at LSFM.

The work experience involved me doing desk jobs including sorting through all the newspapers and extracting anything food related, filing, and researching products for their features. I also costed some recipes, which I found really interesting, something that will be useful for me when writing my food blog. However the part that interested me, and excited me most was working in the test kitchen and working on the photoshoots. In the test kitchen I got to test recipes and simply just cook and taste. Continue reading

Congrats! Grads at Epix Media | Lincolnshire Digital Awards 2015

Epixmedia_LincsDigitalAwards2015Our 2007 graduates Will King and Zoe Easey run Epix Media. The creative media company won at the first Lincolnshire Digital Awards 2015 for teaming up with client Homelet. Will at last night’s award ceremony: Stunned to have won Best Use of Multimedia at Lincs Digital Awards 2015. Amazing joint effort between Homelet and our team. So proud to have been part of an “award winning” partnership.  Homelet said it was “delighted to have partnered with Epix Media on an amazing campaign recently – thrilled it’s been recognised with an award!”

JasonBradbury_LincsDigitalAwards2015Jason Bradbury, The Gadget Show presenter on Channel 5, is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Lincoln and he attended the awards.  Zoe captured his entrance and shared it on Vine.

To find out about joining the award winning team at Epix Media you can visit its site here.

Hazel Donnelly, Class of 2012 | New Media Lincs Showreel

Hazel-Donnelly_2012GradHazel Donnelly, 2012 graduate in MA Photography/Digital Imaging, runs the LSFM’s social enterprise called New Media Lincs (NML). The media company offers paid opportunities for our students to work with clients. NML provides ‘bespoke media services to Local Authorities, businesses, charities and community groups. We can create films, animation, graphic design, web design, digital interactive design, radio & music production and social media campaigns.’  Hazel said: Looking for superb media services, check out our new Showreel of work …

… A massive thanks to everyone who contributed their work to help create this showreel (students, staff & graduates): Continue reading

FREE Postgraduate Taster Day | University of Lincoln on 7 March

UoL_brayfordpoolInterested in a Postgraduate Course? Then come on-campus THIS Saturday. See our PG courses at LSFM. Details on the Taster Day are from the University of Lincoln’s PR Manager Ian Richards: People with a passion for learning can choose from more than 30 different subjects on offer at a FREE Postgraduate Taster Day on 7th March 2015, from 10am-1pm, at the University of Lincoln’s main Brayford Pool Campus.

The University’s hosting a series of masterclasses inviting members of the public to experience a Master’s level study for a day. Activities cover a rich array of academic disciplines, across the arts, sciences and social sciences – from exploring historic archives to considering major scientific challenges. Book now! Continue reading

Paid Internship | Lincoln Drill Hall

Opportunity for a paid part-time Communications and Marketing Assistant Intern. It’s posted by our 2014 Graduate Catherine Chibnall, Online Media Assistant at the University of Lincoln College of Arts:

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Lincoln Drill Hall is looking for a dynamic intern who is passionate about events, arts, communication, digital, culture, people and Lincoln. This fantastic opportunity is available to recent graduates of the College of Arts as part of RADAR, our Creative Graduate Accelerator Scheme in partnership with Threshold Studios.  This part-time role will involve working with the Drill Hall Marketing Manager and team to deliver a number of marketing tasks from online communications and social media to management of print materials and assisting with live events.  Continue reading

The Drift (2014) | Wins Excellence Award at IndieFEST Film in LA

TheIndieFEST-Film_Awards-logocroppedCongrats to our 2008 graduate, an independent filmmaker and LSFM part-time lecturer Darren Scales for winning an Excellence Award at The IndieFEST Film Awards, in Los Angeles, for The Drift (2014).  Darren aBackyard Productions UK directed and produced the science-fiction feature film, which was made over three years on a low budget of £5,000 and with a high number of willing volunteers (100!).  He said: 

Darren-Scales_2008-GradI am so pleased that The Drift has won this award, more so because of the fantastic contribution made by the crew, many of them from the University of Lincoln – at this School. It just goes to show that hard work and motivation pays off, now with an LA award, even when you have a tiny budget! The charitable indie is currently looking for distribution: mail@bypuk.com

LUMAS | Lincoln School of Film & Media’s Showcase

LUMAS_logoNews about LSFM‘s inaugural event LUMAS, which supports the charity Media Trust. The LUMAS organisers were delighted last night and said: Thank you to everyone who came and supported. Congrats to all our nominees and winners. Linc TV and others captured the event and here are some images retweeted @LSMAlumni from our glamorous graduates, students & staff.  Many thanks!  

More from Lizzy Mitchell at the University of Lincoln press about the event, award winners and guests: Continue reading