Scott Farrow, class of 2010

“Create yourself an online presence! It’s cheap to buy yourself a domain and set yourself up with a personal website/portfolio. If an employer can look in one place for everything about you, your work and your contact details they won’t have to spend time looking at your CV……”

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Meet the Freelancers – a personal view

Follow JordanI did wonder why LSM graduate Jordan Livermore left his first job in 3D film, to launch himself as a runner. I‘m beginning to understand now, having gone along to “Meet the Freelancers”, an event suggested and organised by Jordan, hosted by the LSM.

Jordan’s idea was to pass on the wisdom and experiences of fellow freelancers Nick Cramp, James Gurden, Jude Winstanley and Andy Devonshire, as well as to give his own take on the business. Together they did just that. Jordan started with this:

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Michael Hankinson, class of 2012

“…apply for absolutely every realistic entry level opportunity that there is out there, because you never know who you will meet and where it will lead to, even if it is as little as making the director a cup of coffee and sweeping the floor.”

Since leaving Uni I have spent time gaining short term experience at different companies around the UK. I worked with companies local to the uni such as Blueprint Films and Darren Scales’ Backyard Productions, both of which were brilliant opportunities and helped me to learn a great deal about the industry.

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BAFTA crew

BAFTA Crew is a professional network that gives you access to the best established film industry talent and a network of fellow professionals.

Are you working in film or TV production or post-production in the English Regions? Do you want to join a professional network that will help to launch your career in the industry? If so, then join BAFTA Crew, a new group for the brightest crew talent in the English regions.

Deadline for applications February 18, 2013. Apply here.

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Jordan hosts “Meet the Freelancers”

LSM graduate Jordan Livermore presents “MEET THE FREELANCERS”, on Tuesday 11 Dec at 2pm in the Cargill Lecture Theatre.

Jordan has always been keen to put students in the picture about working as a freelancer ever since he began working a a runner in London, so he has organised this event to help current LSM students. They will be able to meet an array of freelancers working in UK TV today and ask them questions about how they got work and how they keep it.

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Adam Moss, an Olympic ‘FIRST’

Adam Moss (class of 2010) recently completed working on the OFFICIAL FILM of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

A documentary called FIRST which follows 12 first time Olympians on their journey.
Directed by Caroline Rowland FIRST is a co-production with Mango Films, Southern Cross Cameras, ZenHQ Films

Adam told us:
“I have recently had a very crazy experience being an assistant editor (avid) on the official film of the London 2012 Olympic Games (I also had the opportunity to go and shoot some material too) It has meant working with hundreds of hours of footage and makes editing ‘Void’ my student film seem like a walk in the park! A very eye opening experience”

FIRST will be released on 23rd November 2012

images courtesy of First Facebook page

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Take the Fast Train North

This is a free training day for media freelancers in digital, radio & television, to be held in MediaCityUK on Tuesday 20th Nov 2012.

The day is produced in partnership with the BBC Academy and Creative Skillset. Many leading training providers (DV Talent, Indie Training Fund, BECTU, ITV, Futureworks, The Farm, Grand Scheme Media, BBC Writers Room, and others) are coming together to provide a free training day for TV freelancers. To be eligible, you must have been a media professional for a minimum of two years and/or have three broadcast credits to your name and be employed on a short term or freelance contract. You must verify your work history in the mandatory section to be considered for a place.

The day is backed by Pact, Bectu, Broadcast magazine, broadcasters and many independent production companies.

Full details and application

Rhiannon Jones, class of 2011

After graduating with a degree in media production I took the usual route of trying to get as much experience as possible under my belt, in my chosen field of audio. I was fortunate enough to get land 5 different work experience placements across production facilities for Radio and Sound Post-Production for Film and TV.

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Jonathan Sidwell, class of 2007

Media Production graduate Jonathan Sidwell, now a freelance assistant director, has already worked alongside household names from the fields of retail, sport and music.

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Paul Rook, class of 2010

“Don’t turn anything down. Whatever the work is, take it, and be prepared to do things at short notice.”

After finishing my degree in May 2010 I went about applying for a few media jobs that I saw on the opportunities at Lincoln website. After a couple of interviews and rejections I decided making money was the most important thing for me to do. Continue reading