Jane Batkin, Senior Lecturer | New Book Identity in Animation

Book-Feb2017-JaneBatkinCongratulations to LSFM Senior Lecturer and author Jane Batkin on the publication of her new book Identity in Animation: A Journey into Self, Difference, Culture and the Body (Routledge, 2017). She looked into the meaning behind some influential characters in the history of animation to explore who they are and how they were formed.

Jane said: I began researching into the psychology of animated characters and found that my interests lay within this approach to the topic. The book grew out of the question: ‘can a tool have a soul?’ and was a 2 year study, fuelled initially by a passion for Looney Tunes and the identity struggles of Daffy and Bugs. The book has been a real journey for me and I’ve enjoyed the challenges it has presented. My own journey into identity in animation continues, with a chapter in an anthology on Toy Story, and a forthcoming paper presentation on Looney Tunes, focusing on life in the arena and how dignity is preserved among animated characters.  Identity in Animation is available here 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.

LSFM Student Opportunity | Industry Mentoring is OPEN

LSFM_Mentoring-LOGOOPEN NOW! Lincoln School of Film & Media undergraduates can APPLY for LSFM Industry Mentoring (2017-18). Our superb School-Industry opportunity is for TWENTY selected students to be mentored by a professional who volunteer their time from the world of work. Currently our mentors are working in BBC TV, radio, film, & audio production, at Hello! magazine, in photography and in multimedia jobs from social media to scriptwriting/acting. This call-out is for LSFM Year 1 & Year 2 students from animation, audio production, film & TV, media production and photography to register. Please download and complete this LSFM_MENTORING-Student-Form(26May)2017-18 by Friday 26th May 2017.

Remember there are ONLY 20 student places for the new academic year. So please return your form to Louise Lawlor via email before 2nd June 2017. Louise’s email: llawlor@lincoln.ac.uk.  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, 2017-2018.  Continue reading

Steve Smailes, Class of 2012 | Freelance Photographer

SteveSmailesHello I’m Steve Smailes. I am a freelance photographer specialising in editorial, commercial, events and wedding photography. After graduating from the Media Production course in 2012 I stayed put in Lincoln and never left! The work was here and the base of contacts I’d built up while at university was paying dividends, so why leave? Now over 4 years on, my partner and I have bought a house with our dog Benny. I work under my own name for clients big and small, mostly in Lincolnshire. Most notably The Lincolnite and its sister publications Lincolnshire Business and Lincolnshire Reporter which is a large chunk of the work I do with my images seen by over 500,000 readers a month! I’ve also worked with the Lincolnshire Showground, Macmillan Cancer Support, Visit Lincoln, LIVES, Relentless Energy Drink and even the University of Lincoln itself.

I also find time to help out students in my own time. I’m part of the university’s mentoring scheme that links students with industry (at LSFM many mentors are working graduates) to offer advice on life after uni course work and business advice. LSFM Mentoring is a really rewarding scheme for both parties and my mentee Emily has got to come on a few jobs with me, which I hope was a real boost for her work experience. I often go for coffee chats with her, and also students from Lincoln College too and have given talks to level 3 students and local camera clubs. Continue reading

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

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 Graduates | 2nd Nov 2016 @2pm Uni of Lincoln

Here is the planned line-up of LSFM alumni who’ve given up their time to join us at their old stomping ground the University of Lincoln – thank you – so Meet the Graduates (click on the pic to reveal our alumni on 2nd Nov from 2pm!)…

MtG2016-lineup

Meet the Graduates‘ networking event is between former and current students. Mingle like you never have before to make contacts with industry and have fun!

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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