Meet the Graduates 2017 | Vox Pop on Job-hunting

Thanks to our alumni who shared their experiences of the working world with Lincoln School of Film & Media’s students at our networking event Meet the Graduates (8th Nov). Head of LSFM Professor Steven Peacock said: There was a real buzz about the place. It was fantastic to see so many of our past and present students coming together to share news of such wide-ranging professional achievement.

On this vox pop our graduates give their job-hunting tips.

Thank you to LSFM’s New Media Lincs crew for this vox pop – on the shoot were James Foster (Class of 2017) & student Jake Hatton and the post production editor was student Jack Jolly.  Continue reading

Meet the Graduates | 2017 Welcome

Meet-the-Graduates-logo-1024x435Head of LSFM Professor Steven Peacock gave a warm welcome to current and former students at the School’s alumni industry networking event Meet the Graduates. Thanks to all for participating. Our Grad Question Time was hosted by Steve Smailes (Class of 2012) with alumni from 2002 to 2017 who shared their experiences, tips and advice about the world of work – at home and abroad. We loved the live link-up with video editor Philip Roberts (Class of 2006) from Crytek in Frankfurt.  

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Steve Smailes, Class of 2012 | Freelance Photographer

Steve Smailes PhotographyWhen you’re finishing university you often get asked “Where do you want to be in 5 years?” and let’s be honest, it’s a very difficult question. But 5 years on I’m here to say how it stacks up to what I was thinking when I graduated from the Uni of Lincoln in 2012. 

When I left I wanted to be able to set up my own photography business and be working for myself. It was a risky and in some ways optimistic thing as I was unsure how I was going to achieve this as I had limited resources in terms of money and equipment (I had a camera I’d used my student loan and money from some work experience jobs to buy) but had to keep paying rent and other expenses while building the business.

I was given a great head start by getting work with The Lincolnite which gave me a steady income and also the time to grow my business as I work for them on an on call basis and I still work with them today.  Continue reading

Meet the Graduates | 8 Nov 2017 Industry Network Event at LSFM

Our current and former students are invited to the Uni of Lincoln School of Film & Media’s free networking event Meet the Graduates. On Wednesday 8th November join this gathering between our alumni and students – staff too! MtG 2017 is your on-campus opportunity to connect with like-minded creatives and make industry links. STUDENTS please take your theatre seat for 2pm in the Stephen Langton Building and ask anything you’d like to know from our alumni who work – on staff and freelance contracts – across the media industry from big corporates (BBC TV) to independents (Epix Media).

So far on the grad list we’re expecting – their work permitting: Jo Ashman (Class of 2002), TV Producer and Director | Sean Strange (Class of 2013), 360 Film Production & Delivery Specialist | Joel Murray (Class of 2011), Digital Marketer | Rosie Turner (Class of 2015), Online Content Producer | Tom Cass (Class of 2015), Camera Operator & Editor | Gemma Lowe (Class of 2012), PR & Communications Manager  | Charlotte Fisher (Class of 2017), Radio Multimedia Journalist | Steve Smailes (Class of 2012), Freelance Photographer | Ayodele Ogunshakin (Class of 2015), Office Runner | Lisa Rustage (Class of 2013), Film 2nd Assistant Editor | Steph Marshall (Class of 2015), PR Account Manager on creative campaigns | Philip Roberts (Class of 2006), Lead Digital Video Artist | et al! SEE profiles of LSFM alumni attending HERE.

Graduates RSVP: alumni@lincoln.ac.uk | LSFM students no booking required, come!
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LSFM Alumni Success | 2017 Lincolnshire Digital & Tech Awards

Lincs-digital&techAwards2017-SteveSmailesphotoCongrats! LSFM Graduate success was at the Lincolnshire Digital & Tech Awards 2017 category: Best Use of Multimedia. Visit Lincoln won for its brand campaign created with Wallbreaker - a video agency run by LSFM 2014 media production alumni Thomas Mckie, Ashley Wilks and Luke Winter who said: We’re chuffed! A lot of hard work went into that campaign. Ash is pictured left of Lydia Rusling, Head of Visit Lincoln.

Runner-up in this category was epix_media, a company set up by 2007 alumni who’re co-directors Zoe Easey and Will King. Story about the awards is in The Lincolnite where images were taken by 2012 graduate Steve Smailes a freelance photographer and he is one of our inspirational LSFM Industry Mentors.  Watch Visit Lincoln: Heritage video from Wallbreaker Productions.

Wallbreaker posted on its site that Visit Lincoln: commissioned the creation of three individual videos that would be used as social media marketing tools, with an aim to encourage people to consider Lincoln as their next possible place to explore.  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 2015 | Short

Grad-QT-1This short was made by New Media Lincs for LSFM’s alumni symposium called Meet the Graduates.  Many thanks to 3rd year student crew who were Richard Flint, Adam Hollis, Chloe Ambrose and Luke Joyce. They captured introductions to alumni on the Graduate Question Time panel along with the informal networking opportunties between our current and former students. 

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Meet the Graduates 2015 | Video: Question Time

Meet-the-Graduates-logoLincoln School of Film & Media‘s great graduate gathering was a fabulous opportunity to connect our current and former students on-campus. Our Meet the Graduates 2015 video captured the main talking points and was made by New Media Lincs. Thanks to LSFM’s crew: 3rd year media production undergraduates Richard Flint (camera & post-production), Adam Hollis (post-production), Chloe Ambrose (camera) and Luke Joyce (sound).

Head of LSFM Sarah Barrow gave a warm welcome on 11.11.15 in the EMMTEC theatre. Thank you to former & current students who came to the Graduate Question Time. On the alumni panel: BA (Hons) Grads Gemma Lowe (2012); Sarah Worcester (2015); Jerome Smith (2013); Steve Smailes (2012); & Holly Smith (2010) and Darren Scales (MA, 2008).

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Steve Smailes, Class of 2012 | Photo Exhibition 28 April – 5 May

Our 2012 alumnus Steve Smailes is a freelance professional photographer, who works at the Lincolnite, and in 2014 won Relentless Here To Be Heard (competition for gig photos). As the winner, his photographic work will be exhibited in London THIS week. Steve said: Here are some of the images that will be in the Relentless Exhibition. It runs from 28th April to the 5th May at the Relentless Store at No.5 Denmark Street, London and features works from various events over the last two or three years. A majority of these images were taken in or around Lincoln.

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