Holly Miechowski, Class of 2007 | Casting Producer’s Tips into TV

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Holly: Casting Producer, TV

During my Media Production Degree, I applied for work experience at a Birmingham based Production Company, Maverick Television. When I got the placement, I was extremely grateful for the opportunity, one that I believe I may not have had without the encouragement and support from my lecturers at the University of Lincoln School of Film & Media. It was a great few weeks, and I worked hard, making sure I networked with who ever I possibly could. It was exciting; I was working on the hit Channel 4 Series, ‘10 Years Younger.’  This is where I got to see how a Production worked. My role involved various admin duties in the office, helping with shoot prep (prop buying etc.) and also being able to go out on the shoot and see first hand how it all worked!

Following the work placement, I went back to University to finish my degree, graduating in 2007 with a 2.1. I then moved to Manchester where I knew there were plenty of TV opportunities, and also because, well, I wasn’t quite ready for the big smoke that is London! It was hard to begin with, I sent many, many, emails and letters, applying for Runner work. It was hard, there was a lot of competition, I had no employment history in the industry, only my work experience and my degree. Whilst I was looking, I signed up to a Recruitment agency, I didn’t really want to do anything other than TV work, but I had my rent to pay and I was no longer living on student loans!

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Leanne Rogers, Class of 2014 | Debut Doco Violet Vixen (2018)

LeanneRogers-2014Grad-LinkedInimageI’m a Project Manager/Videographer at Mediorite, which is a social enterprise and film production company that gets young people into film. Mediorite is split into two divisions: Mediorite, which is run by a bank of award-winning filmmakers, assisted by a young person and MedioritePlus, which specialises in quick, low cost, online content and is run by young creatives. I’m currently the head of MedioritePlus and have more recently been working on larger scale projects as a lead filmmaker on Mediorite jobs, working on more complex briefs.

I was recently inspired to make my first documentary, Violet Vixen (2018). The film looks at the fabulous life of 11 year old Leo who expresses with remarkable articulacy and boldness his distinctive identity. He aspires to be a make-up artist and performer as well as an inspiration to other young boys like him. Since its release on Youtube and Facebook the film has been viewed over one million times.

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Animation Degree Show | 4th June at Lincoln Drill Hall

LSFM-AnimationShow-4June2018Your invitation from LSFM Animation Team to see final year students’ work, part of Lincoln Festival of Creativity: Please join us on Monday 4th June at Lincoln Drill Hall for our Animation Degree Show and Awards Ceremony. Our Show starts at 1pm! Just RSVP here if you’d like to come.

Poster by Year 1 Animation students Daniel Capper and Aaron Smith. Festival of Creativity team spoke to Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in BA (Hons) Animation and Visual Effects Jane Batkin about the Animation Show.

End of Year Show, LSFM | Showreel 2018

See the LSFM Degree Showreel. It features some work from final year students at the University of Lincoln School of Film & Media studying BA (Hons) Audio Production, BA (Hons) Media Production, BA (Hons) Film and Television.  LSFM said: The film has been edited by Stefanie Oswald and Thomas Flaxman, with thanks to DeepEastMusic for great production music. 

Degree Shows are open to the public, part of the Lincoln Festival of Creativity, and on now until 4th June 2018. Continue reading

Lincoln Games Research Network | Symposium 23.05.18

DrPaoloRuffinoUni of Lincoln School of Film & Media Lecturer Dr Paolo Ruffino said: the Lincoln Games Research Network is hosting a symposium on Wednesday 23rd May on-campus at Brayford Pool campus. 

Colleagues, current and former students are welcome. For the morning session, participation is free but places are limited. If you would like to join please send me an email at  pruffino@lincoln.ac.ukThe afternoon session is open (to students, graduates and staff), and does not require registrations. We hope to see you at the event!

MORNING SESSION 10:00-14:00 at IntLab (INB1103): Guest Talk by Dr Mina Vasalou (UCL Knowledge Lab) “A Critical Examination of Feedback in Early Reading Games”. Continue reading

LSFM End of Year Show | Festival of Creativity, Lincoln

Festival of Creativity 2018The University of Lincoln’s College of Arts is delighted to announce its second Lincoln Festival of Creativity from 21st May to 1st June 2018.  

You are invited to ‘Engage, Imagine, Explore’ at the Lincoln School of Film & Media End of Year Show. LSFM’s next generation of creatives are looking forward to seeing you at The Engine Shed, LPAC and Drill Hall in Lincoln. See the poster, by final year students in the LSFM Show’s design team, for details of where and when.   

LSFM-EndofYearShow-posterhttps://www.uol32degrees.com  | https://lincolnfestivalofcreativity.co.uk/film-media | http://www.lsfmshow.co.uk 

Lincoln Festival of Creativity 2018-brochure 

Darren Scales, LSFM Lecturer | Short Opens TFL Fest, Cannes 18

Congrats Daz. University of Lincoln School of Film & Media lecturer and filmmaker Darren Scales, who is also our Industry Mentor, has posted about his award winning sci-fi short: “I’m proud to announce that DARKWAVE: Edge of the Storm is the opening film at the TFL festival in CANNES!” TFL is That Film Life | Cannes 71st Festival 9th to 18th May 2018

Media Mentors, Gallery | LSFM Student Opportunity

See some of our marvellous media mentors. Thanks to professionals who kindly volunteer their time from their busy work schedules to mentor a student from the University of Lincoln School of Film & Media. Commitment with a student-mentee is to have at least 6 contact times (either online or in person) across an academic year. If you’d like to be a mentor, details are here and register your interest any timeLSFM’s_MENTOR_Registration-Form

20 mentors are required for LSFM Mentoring each new academic year, so we check who’ll be available from our mentors’ database. Here’s a snapshot of some of our mentors and we’re proud that many mentors are our alumni! 

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Neurodivergen Film Fest Winners, DYSPLA | Screening 21.03.2018

DYSPLA_DIMIF_flyer1 copyMedia Production 2008 Grad Kaz Bielecki is the Artistic Director of the first Neurodivergent film festival produced in the UK by the award winning Arts organisation DYSPLA. It works “internationally in film, immersive theatre, installation & digital art to shed light on Dyslexic Narrative and the Dyslexic Aesthetic.” The University of Lincoln School of Film & Media will be screening the winning entries of this film fest on Wednesday 21 March, 1.30-3pm in the Stephen Langton Building (Brayford Pool campus). 

LSFM’s Senior Lecturer Marcella Forster said: The festival showcases work by dyslexic and neurodivergent filmmakers. Festival organisers will introduce students to the winning films and there’ll be an opportunity to ask them questions about the festival. All our students, staff and graduates are welcome to attend.

Oliver Cowton, LSFM Grad | Best Doco, Midlands Movies Awards

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.

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