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As a third year, the daunting acknowledgment that Uni (of Lincoln) is over soon and I will need to fit into reality hits hard. I am fortunately one of those people who likes to get stuff done early so my period of stress and panic hits way before deadline day – this is something I’ve always done in all aspects of my life including career prospects. I did my first piece of work experience in the Media Industry at 18, working as a runner for a week at CrowTV Post Production. This mainly consisted of making teas and coffees and the occasional cocktail (cocktail Fridays is a theme I’ve seen in more than one Post Production house). After that, I started Uni (Media Production course) and felt studies were more important. Around the end of my first semester of the second year, I looked at my CV and thought I needed more work experience.
If there is one thing I’ve learnt from seeing my siblings go through University and then try to get a job is that experience is everything. When I say everything, I do mean everything! It is all well and good having great grades but you need to prove you can do the job required of you outside a university setting, whether that be through work experience jobs or an amazing portfolio full of ventures you took not because they were set by a lecturer but because you wanted to. I simply googled ‘media work experience in London’ and the first thing to come up was ENVY Academy. ENVY is a massive Post Production house in Central London with projects like Top Gear, Pointless, The Voice UK and Gogglebox among many other shows they edit. I applied for a week’s worth of work experience in the oncoming summer and they said yes! Continue reading
Congratulations to Oliver Cowton, filmmaking LSFM postgraduate, who won Best Documentary at the Midlands Movies Awards 2018 (on 3rd March). Oli was originally commissioned by Channel 4’s Random Acts to direct and produce Portrait (2017). It is a 3-minute short film and he said: It’s a great encouragement to receive this award from Midlands Movies.
Making films is always hard work. But I was lucky to have an amazing team, mainly made of staff and students at the University of Lincoln, that helped bring this story to life.
Indie-Lincs International Film Festival, held in Lincoln (UK), ‘champions low and micro budget films and filmmakers’. You can watch over 60 original films and meet the indie creatives with some Special Guests at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) from 15th to 18th March 2018. Organisers said: Our aim is to help the best independent filmmakers from around the world showcase their original work and network successfully with their audience, other filmmakers and the independent filmmaking community. Films will compete for awards in several categories. Here’s the 2018 Trailer.
Super student opportunity overseas for first and second year LSFM Media Production undergraduates. Nigel Morris, Principal Lecturer and KDU Tutor, posted: University of Lincoln (UK) has a close partnership with KDU University College in Penang, Malaysia, which delivers a Media Production degree very similar to ours. Part of the arrangement is for KDU to offer a three-week summer programme in late June to twelve Lincoln students on the following programmes: Accountancy, Business (including joint Business programmes), Computing, Media Production, and PR. Selection will be via an application process.
Having visited KDU myself last year (and looking forward to going again for the Exam Board this summer) I can vouch for what a friendly, vibrant, fascinating and beautiful place Penang is, and I would urge you to go online to find out more. If you’re interested, there’s a talk on Wednesday 7 March at 4-5 pm in MB1019 to explain the programme and application process. It would be really appreciated if you would register your interest ahead of the meeting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Continue reading
University of Lincoln (UoL) is delighted to welcome Visiting Professor Rick Senat for a Special Lecture about An Illustrated History of Warner Bros on Wednesday 21st February (Part one) 1pm-4pm, (Part two) 5pm-8pm in the Jackson Lecture Theatre, Brayford Pool campus. The Uni said: The event is FREE and open to ALL – current and former students, staff and friends. No registration needed – just turn up promptly at 1pm and 5pm. Rick will share insider stories and experiences from his impressive career with Warner Brothers – including a wide range of exclusive clips and still images straight from the WB archive.
Following a few years in Independent production in the UK and the US, Rick worked for Warner Bros. from 1976 until 2002 when he was Senior Vice-President of Business and legal affairs, responsible for activities in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has been associated with the Harry Potter films, Greystoke, Batman, Superman and a number of Stanley Kubrick’s films. More recently, he consulted on various productions including Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Troy, Alfie, Sahara, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, etc. He was Executive Producer of JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy and the blockbuster 2016 movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them. He is currently executive producing the sequel, Fantastic Beasts, the Crimes of Grindlewald starring Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp and Jude Lawfor release worldwide in November 2018. Continue reading
It was always my aim to remain within the film industry after graduation. “It’s all happening in London. You want a job in film, London’s is the place to be.” Now if I had a pound for every time this was said to me, I might have been able to afford to live in London! But truth be told, moving to London never really crossed my mind. I don’t buy into the fact that you must be in London to have a good job. It’s easy to get caught up in people telling you how important it is to work in the “big city” but I couldn’t disagree more. There is a wealth of talent right across the country that all too often gets overlooked. Don’t get me wrong, London works for many people, but just not me. I’m a big advocate of taking some of the focus off London so that other amazing cities across the UK, such as Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds etc. can flourish and develop. It’s this desire to stand out from the crowd that drew me to Aesthetica.Here was this incredible business that produced not only one of the most successful arts and culture publications, Aesthetica magazine, but had its own BAFTA-Recognised film festival, international Art Prize and Creative Writing Award. To top it all off, it was right on my doorstep! Since joining the team last September as Aesthetica’s Marketing Coordinator, it’s been a complete whirlwind. In less than three months I’ve been front and center for the launch of three issues, we’ve opened both the Art Prize and Creative Writing Prize, and hosted the 7th edition of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.
I can’t begin to explain how rewarding it is to go to work each day and be surrounded by people with as much passion and excitement for film. The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is one of the world’s leading international short film festivals, celebrating independent film from around the world and it really does pride itself on being an outlet for supporting and championing filmmaking. The festival takes place each November across the city of York, showcasing over 300 films from both established and emerging filmmakers, along with numerous industry masterclasses, guest programmes, premiere screenings and special events. To submit your short this year visit: www.asff.co.uk/submit. Entries close 31 May 2018. Here’s ASFF 2017 trailer. Continue reading
University of Lincoln’s Creative Careers Festival 2018 from the 5th to 7th February has a range of student opportunities, and some events for recent grads, from selling Art online to creating colourful CVs and from graduate schemes to careers in digital media. Run by Careers and Employability in partnership with the College of Arts (CoA) the fest will offer events to the 6 Schools within the CoA, so LSFM students take a look at the sessions and book NOW! Here are some events:
- Trip to the Royal Television Society TV Careers Fair
- Freelance Media Creatives Panel
- Publishing and Getting Published
- Design Applications with England Golf
- Making Online Portfolios
- Talent Works – Careers in Creative Advertising and Media
- How do I build a career in the entertainment industry?
Lincoln School of Film & Media 2nd Year students can APPLY for LSFM Industry Mentoring to start in the next academic year (2018-19). Our superb School-Industry opportunity is for 20 selected undergraduates to be mentored by a professional who volunteer their time from the working world. Currently mentors are working in BBC TV, radio, film, audio production, at Hello! magazine, in photography and in multimedia jobs from social media to scriptwriting. This call-out is especially for LSFM Level 2 students from animation, audio production, film & television, media production and photography to register their interest. Please download and complete this LSFM_MENTORING(2018-19)-Student-Form by Friday 16th March 2018. Please return your form to Louise Lawlor via email: email@example.com.
Please note: Successful applicants will be informed before your student Summer break. If you’re selected as a student-mentee you must be available to attend the 1-hour induction on-campus. It’ll be on a Wednesday afternoon from 4pm to 5pm (likely to be between Week 5 and Week 8) in Semester A, 2018-19. Continue reading
University of Lincoln School of Film & Media lecturer and photographer Tom Martin invites you to a FREE exhibition at The Collection in the Usher Gallery from 3rd February to 7th May 2018: “Viewpoints bring together two photographers’ work – Tom’s Collective Visions and Faces by Andy Weeeks – within the documentary genre, highlighting varied approaches of documenting the world today. Images define the world to us, and us to the world.” Open daily 10am-4pm | Danes Terrace, Lincoln, LN2 1LP.
We wish our LSFM former students the very best and invite them to keep in touch with the LSFM alumni community – we’d love to hear about your experiences, work opportunities and adventures.