University of Lincoln Graduates & Chris Packham | BBC TWO series

MeAndMyDog_UoLalumni_5April2017_fromDanBowringFOUR University of Lincoln alumni – 3 of them our media graduates – have been worked on the BBC Two TV programme, Me and My Dog: The Ultimate Contest, which is a 4 part series that begins on-air this evening (5th April) at 8pm.

The show’s presenter Chris Packham – University of Lincoln’s Visiting Professor – will be joined by the programme’s Dog Trainer and Behaviourist Sian Ryan [MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour]. The behind the camera team working on the show included Daniel Bowring [BSc (Hons) Media Technology, 2009] pictured far left, who has sent the graduate group photo; our industry mentor Jonathan Sidwell [BA (Hons) Media Production, 2007] was 1st AD; and former LSFM student-mentee Bryony Hooper [BA (Hons) Media Production, 2015] was in the Production Team. Continue reading

Jonathan Sidwell, Class of 2007 | 1st Assistant Director

Jonathan-Sidwell_2007GraduateSince leaving Lincoln I have worked my way up the Assistant Director ladder and I am now working as a 1st Assistant Director predominately in Commercials and Music Videos.  I’m now in Chiapas, Mexico in the jungle shooting a show for discovery channel for a month… I’ll try and send an epic picture while I’m out here too!

Top Commercial Credits include: Sony, Racing Post, Diet Coke, BBC iplayer, The Ashes Cricket and Oreo.  I have also worked on music videos for many chart topping acts including One Direction, The Kaiser Chiefs, Rudimental, Twin Atlantic and The Wombats.  Recently I combined my passion for Rugby and my profession to work as a Rugby Consultant and 1st Assistant Director for the worlds 1st 3D Oculus Rift Experience for 02 & The RFU with the England Rugby Team  – ‘Wear the Rose’ which was available to experience at Twickenham stadium.

I would love to help out as a media mentor at LSFM.  For now, my advice to students: Try and learn as much as you can about the basics and keep up-to-date with technical advances and how they affect the digital workflow. Work experience is key – try and get as much as possible in your holidays!


If you are a media professional and would like to be a Lincoln School of Film & Media mentor, for one of our students, please do get in touch. Email: rawright@lincoln.ac.uk. Our alumni can send us a tweet – thanks.