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

Dr Mikey Murray, LSFM | Film @ Edinburgh International Film Fest

Dr.MikeyMurray-onlocation-NatalieCongratulations to multiple award winning filmmaker Dr. Mikey Murray, lecturer in Film Production and Screenwriting at LSFM, for his latest short Natalie (2017) to be screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) 2017. He posted on social media that he was “absolutely thrilled to announce that Natalie will have its world premiere in competition at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 24th.” Writer and Director Mikey is pictured on-location with actress Kate Dickie (aka Lysa Arryn in Game of Thrones, 2011-14) who played the lead role. She has been involved with the story for many years and Mikey’s idea was a 2015 Kick- starter project. Kate said: “I was drawn to the script of Natalie because I love Mikey’s writing – it’s really honest, raw and truthful. I loved the story and subject matter of the film.” 

The Scottish film – about ‘a transexual who travels home to her father’s funeral in order to gain closure with her prejudiced family’ –  is in the EIFF Best Short Film category.  Mikey, founder of Indie-Lincs international film festival, has been selected to take part in the EIFF Talent Lab development sessions to support aspiring film- makers. Mikey said: Of course, I’d like to dream that I have some brilliant individual talent as a screenwriter and filmmaker, but the truth is that I have only ever made successful work through meeting and working with hugely talented collaborators. I was able to cast Game of Thrones actor, Kate Dickie in my short film recently because my high school friend (who I still work with) was able to put my screenplay in her hands. Continue reading

LSFM Shows | 26 May-9 June: Ruddocks; New Theatre Royal; & Odeon

Lincoln School of Film & Media takes over the City from Friday 26th May until 9th June! FREE shows for everyone to enjoy are part of the Lincoln Festival of Creativity (FOC). Engage. Explore. Imagine.

See shows of final year students in Contemporary Lens Media (CLM) / Photography at Ruddocks of Lincoln; Media & Audio Production, Film and TV at New Theatre Royal; Animation in the Odeon Lincoln Wharf and on-campus at Brayford Pool. Continue reading

4-week Festival of Creativity, Lincoln | 12 May – 9 June 2017

FestofCreativity-2017-LOGOLincoln is hosting its first, FREE, Festival of Creativity (FOC), organised by the University of Lincoln’s College of Arts. The four-week fest (12th May-9th June) is to showcase and celebrate the emerging creative talent in the city – bringing together a wide range of disciplines through a series of exhibitions, talks and performances for everyone to ‘engage, explore, imagine’. The festival hosts a number of signature events, with advice from leading creative industry experts exploring the wider debate about the importance of the arts in contemporary society.

Final year students from across the College of Arts will celebrate the culmination of three years of study, sharing their work in respective Degree Shows in venues across the city, from art exhibitions and fashion shows to interactive displays and theatrical performances. See the FOC Lincoln School of Film & Media site. LSFM Interim Head Richard Vickers said: We believe graduates should be skilled in communication, be instinctively collaborative, entrepreneurial and inherently interdisciplinary in their approach Our students learn through projects that have social and cultural capital, exploring creative approaches to challenges and applying design thinking as a process for developing solutions.   LSFM showcase 29th May 11am-7pm at New Theatre Royal, Lincoln LN2 1JJ | Follow @LSFMshow 

FOC Website |  FOC Twitter @FestCreativity | FOC Instagram @festivalofcreativity 

Indie-Lincs 2017 | International Film Fest 16th-18th March, LPAC

Indie-Lincs is an International film festival that champions low and micro budget films and their filmmakers. The event’s organiser, lecturer at the University of Lincoln School of Film & Media (LSFM) and award winning filmmaker is Dr Mikey Murray: Our festival programme is brought to Lincoln through the hard work of student co-ordinators, who’re on the Film and TV course at LSFM: Becca Booty, Tom Durrans, Lucy Hansard, Ali Mendzil, Ben Reynolds & Tom Woodcock. Indie-Lincs 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 indie filmmaking community. Screening of over 40 shorts and features at University of Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC).

Deputy Head of the College of Arts Dr Sarah Barrow: We very much hope that you can make it along to some of the Festival. There will be several filmmakers visiting Lincoln for the event and some wonderful international film content over the two days Friday 17th and Saturday 18th March in LPAC. On Thursday 16th March there’ll be a Special Opening event – with film, guests and live music – in the Stephen Langton Building Cinema, 7pm-9pm. If you would like to attend the Opening event, please email Mikey: mmurray@lincoln.ac.uk  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.

Alison Oxborrow & Patrick Collins, Class of 2015 | Ethel & Ernest

Our 2015 BA (Hons) Animation alumni Alison Oxborrow and Patrick Collins were part of the creative team at Lupus Films on Ethel & Ernest (2016), which is the production company’s first feature film. The hand-drawn animated film is a true love story based on the book about his parents by author and illustrator Raymond Briggs (creator of The Snowman). Last month, the Ethel & Ernest film was premièred at the BFI London Film Festival 2016 and released in UK cinemas this month.

Alison and Patrick met the film’s Animation Director Peter Dodd and Head of Assistant Animation Denise Dean during their degree course at the University of Lincoln.  Patrick said:  I wouldn’t be where I am now if I hadn’t studied animation in Lincoln. As well as learning about form, construction and animation technique I met some great people who actually work in the industry. When I saw that Denise was looking for assistant animators to work on the film, I jumped at the chance. Read the news story by the University of Lincoln press office.  

Peter Dodd will be on-campus on Wed 7 Dec 2016 | 1.30pm Jackson Lecture Theatre

See the animation process on the Ethel & Ernest Production website.

LSFM Meet the Grads Network Event | 2nd Nov @2pm in SLB

Around 20 alumni will be on-campus to connect with our students at Meet the Graduates. The event’s a great student opportunity to share experiences and make industry contacts.  Take your theatre seat for the Q&A at 2pm then network in the Stephen Langton Building (SLB). Mingle … collaborate … share – and have fun!MtG-POSTER_2Nov2016Poster images: Jack Shelbourn (Class of 2010), Lecturer/DoP | Ellen Jackson (Class of 2011), Videographer | Dani Moseley (Class of 2007), Performer/Scriptwriter | Jack McQuone, (Class of 2015) Photographer/Creative Crew Fnatic |  Daniel J. Layton (Class of 2012), YouTuber/Actor 

Aleysha Minns, Class of 2013 | Pinewood Studios & BAFTA Crew

AleyshaMinns_2016As September has come and gone again, seeing my 3rd LSFM media mentee with her graduation photos, it just reminds me of how long ago 2013 feels. The past 3 years have been a bit of a rollercoaster, with the past 12 months being some of the most difficult but incredible of my career so far. 

The last half of 2015 was tough, finding work was a nightmare and I was ready to give up on the whole thing. That was until February of this year, when I got to live out my childhood dream of working at Pinewood Studios on my first big budget film, taking the leap from Production to the Locations/Studio department as a trainee. Confidentiality surrounding these types of films mean I can’t say anything about it until release, but I spent up until August there and has been the lift that I needed. Since then I’ve been working on commercials and have been accepted into BAFTA Crew 2016, which is a huge honour and made it on to the list on my 2nd attempt. To top off the year, Beautiful Devils (2015) premièred at Cannes Film Festival to a great reception and my first ever film credit on ID2:Shadwell Army (2016) recently came out in cinemas and DVD. Continue reading

Alumni Q&A session | LSFM Creative Enterprise module

Love our graduates back on-campus to share experiences and connect with our students from our annual network event Meet the Graduates (2nd November 2016) to teaching modules. TODAY half a dozen alumni will join our final year students in the Creative Enterprise session and module co-ordinator Zara Healy said: we welcome 6 of our graduates who are all working in multimedia roles. They have all graduated within the last 5 years from LSFM – some are freelance, some are employed full-time and at least 3 have set up their own creative industry companies. The one and a half hour session will be a Question and Answer about how this module’s assessment – pitch and paperwork – has helped graduates in their own pitches, how to develop ideas and present them to help them in their roles in the Media industry.

GemmaLowe_2Gemma Lowe | Class of  2012 & LSFM Industry Mentor: I currently work as Press and Media Content Officer for the Lincoln College Group, producing multimedia and written content for a wide range of marketing purposes and managing digital communication projects and social media across Lincoln, Newark and Gainsborough Colleges.

I am also Media and PR Manager for Lincolnshire Scouts, managing and producing media and marketing output across the county. Continue reading