Joseph Fallon, Class of 2010 | My story so far! Editor Zealot LA

Joseph Fallon

Joseph Fallon 2017

 I have been asked to write for the Alumni page a few times, but I have always had a goal in mind which I strived to achieve, before I started to look back.

Today I am sitting on a laptop in my apartment in West Hollywood, living a life I had dreamt about for over 14 years. So I thought it was a good time to write something.

This is a very long story, BUT if you prevail to the end, like all good stories, there are some valuable lessons inside.

From University to Editing

I got my first video camera for Christmas when I was 15 and never put it down. Like most, I grew up dreaming of working in Hollywood, directing movies.

I studied Media Production between 2007-2010 specialising in Single Camera and Digital Media. By the end of the course I was passionate about all aspects of the degree, even the parts I left behind in previous semesters. After graduating I was undecided on what to do next, my first thought was to do a Masters. In order to pay for it, I decided to take a year out, get the first job I could find as I saved up.

The job turned out to be the Mcdonalds at the end of my road. While working behind the grill, I applied for jobs and work experience at various production houses to gain media experience. After hundreds of emails and applications, and 7 or 8 interviews for Runner and junior positions, I was unsuccessful. I needed experience, which I was unable to get. I was trapped in the classic catch 22. Continue reading

Mental Health Awareness Week | 8-14 May 2017

MentalHealthAwarenessWeek-blogIt is Mental Health Awareness Week (8th-14th May 2017). Two out of three adults will face mental health problems in their life, from a panic attack to depression, with “younger generations more impacted” according to the Mental Health Foundation. The Uni of Lincoln has the Student Wellbeing Centre [Twitter @UniofLincolnSWC] and SU Welfare services  [01522 837000 | advice@lincolnsu.com] for under and postgraduates to contact confidentially.

For staff the University of Lincoln Wellbeing saidCome and join our free events taking place throughout Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 promoting Surviving or Thriving?  Learning techniques and methods to deal with stress and anxiety can help to relieve the symptoms. During this week you will have the opportunity to discover more about mental health; find out what you can do to build mental resilience; explore how to reduce stress; and experience how laughter yoga can improve your wellbeing. Continue reading

What Our Grads Are Doing Now | University of Lincoln Newspaper

WhatOurGradsAreDoingNowWe love hearing what our former students are doing – many keep us posted through our own alumni network (see below) – and fresh off the press today is ‘What Our Graduates Are Doing Now’ newspaper. It is free to pick up on-campus at the Careers Centre or read online. See stories from Lincoln School of Film and Media graduates; Industry mentor, CLM/Photography (2013), Hannah Wilson at Hello! Magazine and Philip Yeo, Media Production (2016), working at Google are featured with Stephanie Marshall, Film and Television (2015), at Cartwright Communications on her CV top tip.

Our LSFM Alumni Network Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Blog | If you’re interested in being an Industry Mentor, please do register at any time, details are here. Thanks.

Meet the Employer | IMG Productions, 5 April @4pm Uni of Lincoln

**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY 5th APRIL**

Meet The Employer Event with IMG Productions on Wednesday 5th April from 4:00pm to 5:30pm in the Cargill Lecture Theatre at the University of Lincoln (UK). Our Students and Graduates please book with Uni Careers NOW! Continue reading

Chris Packham | TALK: How to work with a Presenter?

ChrisPackham_LSMTalkLSFM lecturer Jack Shelborn said: Lincoln School of Film & Media has the great fortune to be hosting, our Visiting Professor, Chris Packham on Friday 3rd of March for a talk on How to work with a Presenter? 

This will be a fantastic opportunity for all our LSFM students to get some real-life experience and advice on this subject. This is a, free, must attend event for anyone interested in a career in the media industry – be it TV, radio, film or photography – from 2.30pm to 4pm in the Co-op Lecture Theatre. The broadcaster’s vast experience must not be missed at the University of Lincoln! Students need to register NOW, as seats are limited to the free lecture, HERELincoln School of Film & Media presents a talk by Chris Packham.

Meet the Graduates 2016 | Clip: Question Time

Meet-the-Graduates-logo-1024x435Meet the Graduates is our annual alumni networking event between our current and former students.  It’s a superb opportunity to share experiences and make connections with the working world. MtG 2016 held its popular Question Time hosted by Daniel J Layton (Class of 2012). Our audience with alumni spoke about life post-university on anything our students wanted to know. New Media Lincs student crew Daisy Sadeh (Year 1), Bradley Nicholls, Filip Grzejszczyk and James Hunter (in Year 2) captured the Q & A session with LSFM’s Associate Lecturer Andrew West (Class of 2014) who produced this clip.

Grad panel: Jane Hearst, 2016 | Alex O’Brien, 2014 | Dani Moseley, 2007 | Ayodele Ogunshakin, 2015 | Aleysha Minns, 2013 | Jack Johnston, 2009 | Matthew D Bayfield, 2010 | Declan O’mara, 2014 | Jack McQuone, 2015 | and more alumni in the audience.

Jo Ashman, Class of 2002 | Freelance TV Producer/Director

JoAshman-pic1It seems almost unbelievable to me, that’s it’s been around 15 years since I graduated from Lincoln. 15 years was once an impossibly long time frame, and being 35 … well let’s face it, who wants to think about being in their mid-thirties when they’ve just graduated?!  Well I can honestly say, now I’m here, I’m loving it.  I’m currently a freelance producer / director, based in Bristol, doing the job of my dreams.

I just about scraped a 2:1 degree, BA (Hons) in Media Production.  We were the first graduates to do the course and have University of Lincoln on our certificates. I knew it would be tough to break into the industry, and I think I sent my CV to almost any company I could find.  In those early months I did my fair share of work experience and runner jobs, just to get any experience under my belt.  But for me, I desperately wanted to go into wildlife filmmaking, and to do that was going to be even harder.  Several conversations had left me under no illusions that the only people who were successful in this field, were those with a scientific degree, not media…   I was getting frustrated and despondent by the whole system, so when a friend called to say he was going to trek to Everest Base Camp, I jumped at the chance to join him, and spent the next few months travelling across Central Asia and Russia.  I’d recommend time out travelling alone or with friends to anyone, it certainly gave me the time to really evaluate what I wanted.  Strangely it also taught me to trust my instincts, and that’s something I still completely rely on in my job today, particularly in stressful filming situations. Continue reading

Meet the Graduates | Snapshots by Student Brad Nicholls

Meet-the-Graduates-logo-1024x435Dr Sarah Barrow, Head of LSFM, gave a warm welcome to current and former students at the Graduate Question Time, which was hosted by YouTuber/Actor Daniel J. Layton (Class of 2012) with alumni, from 2000 to 2016, sharing their experiences about the world of work. Thank you to LSFM student Brad Nicholls for the capture at the School’s annual network event Meet the Graduates. 

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Rosie Turner, Class of 2015 | BBC CBeebies Content Producer

RosieTurner-WebsiteHello! I’m Rosie and I graduated in 2015 with a BA (Hons) in Media Production. I work for BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC as a Content Producer for CBeebies. My role involves managing the social media for pre school shows Hey Duggee, Go Jetters and Sarah & Duck. As an online producer my role could be anything from coming up with new ideas for videos to promote magazines and toys to collaborating with the Children’s department in Manchester, attending brand partner meetings and even researching Christmas cakes designs!

I’m really excited to have joined the BBC after working for 18 months at a social media agency in East London on projects for Red Bull, MTV and CBBC. This role has allowed me to use the skills I’ve already gained in Children’s television to create exciting and inspirational content for families, parents/guardians and teachers! In my last year of university I wrote my dissertation on ‘Bringing The Children Out To Play’ a study on the relationship between Children’s online/broadcast media and the outdoors. I love spending time in nature and in my spare time I’ve been working on my own project called ‘The Urban Backpacker.’ Continue reading

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