1215.Today NEW Artwork | HistoLyrical Online 7 June 2017

1215Today_MagnaCartaNews from the digital culture website 1215.Today about its latest commissioned artwork. HistoLyrical released on http://1215today.com/histolyrical-artwork/ today (7 June at 12-noon). The site has an interview with the artists, Ben Peppiatt and Stephanie Bickford-Smith, about their online work that developed from asking young people “is the hysteria of social media compromising freedom of thought?” HistoLyrical explores how social media influences people’s thought processes through subliminal messages.

Histolyrical-image-from-AnnJonesThe online experience is described as taking viewers on a very different kind of train journey. Gazing out of a train window and lulled by a trance-enducing soundtrack, our thoughts are interrupted, hijacked by the random thoughts and ruminations of others by a stream of words layered over our view. We are given the choice to abandon ourselves to these random musings or take control and banish them with a click of a button.’ The artists feel that Social media sites are super efficient platforms that aid connectivity and information exposure. Increasingly they are becoming our gateway to the internet. However these sites are designed for consumption rather than contemplation, with HistoLyrical we are interested in questioning the impact this has upon our ability to think and process information coherently and what a more contemplative solution inspired by offline behaviours could look like.” 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

Prof Dave Boothroyd | Exhibition: Sharing Extreme Circumstances

An exhibition exploring the online relationships and behaviour of people affected by extreme circumstances was on display, last month, at Lincoln Drill Hall.  A series of portrait photographs, by artist Anton Want, and thought-provoking statements formed part of a wider collaborative research project, called A Shared Space & A Space for Sharing.

Dave Boothroyd, Professor of Media and Culture at LSFM is pictured and he leads the research about online illicit drug use. University of Lincoln PR officer Laura Jones covered the story: The project explores what information people choose to share online when they find themselves in difficult and dangerous circumstances, such as natural disasters, life-threatening illness and illicit drug use. It considers what this teaches us about how trust and empathy are established and maintained in online relationships, and how sharing, trust and empathy work in the offline world. The project is being carried out by the University of Lincoln in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, University of Edinburgh, University of Warwick, University of Nottingham and King’s College London. Continue reading

2 LSFM Academics | Part of BAFTSS ‘Best Edited Collection’ Award

LastingScreenStars_BookCheers! Congratulations to LSFM Academics Dr Antonella Palmieri and Dr Gábor Gergely on being part of the book that has won the prestigious BAFTSS (British Association for Film, TV and Screen Studies) Awards 2017 prize for ‘Best Edited Collection Winner’. Dr Gergely said: “All I did was write an essay. The hard work was done by the editors.”

In the award-winning book Lasting Screen Stars: Images that Fade and Personas that Endure (2016, Palgrave Macmillan) – by Lucy Bolton at Queen Mary University of London and Julie Lobalzo Wright from the University of Warwick – you can read Antonella’s essay, Chapter 3: Sophia Loren and the Healing Power of Female Italian Ethnicity in Grumpier Old Men and Gábor’s essay is Chapter 4: Cutting a Dash in Interwar Hungary: Pál Jávor’s Enduring Stardom.

Educational Student Trip to Tokyo | University of Lincoln

From the BA (Hons) Animation teaching team about an educational visit to the Tokyo Anime Award Festival (10th-13th March 2017): In September 2017, the preparations had begun for an educational student trip to Tokyo. A group of 18 students and 2 members of animation staff were part of the trip. The group included students from Lincoln School of Film & Media and other departments within University of Lincoln. Students were joined by senior lecturers in animation, Sultan Efe and Paul Franklin. The purpose of the 5-day educational trip was:

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  • To attend Tokyo Anime Competition and Festival
  • To offer students the opportunity to see the latest Japanese commercial and indie animation films in competition.
  • To enable students to gain a knowledge of the wider animation world and see first-hand the quality they must achieve as students and future professionals to carry on in this marketplace.
  • To visit Ghibli Museum as part of educational and cultural visit.
  • To visit museums, historical and modern sites in Tokyo which reflect the Japanese culture past and present.

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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

Marie Thompson, Lecturer | New Book Beyond Unwanted Sound

Sound! Congrats to Lecturer Dr Marie Thompson, at the University of Lincoln School of Film & Media, on her new book. Beyond Unwanted Sound: Noise, Affect and Aesthetic Moralism (Bloomsbury, 2017) delves into noise and how we talk about it explained researcher and author Marie. Noise is a topic that remains fascinating to me – it’s one of those subjects that everyone has something to say about it; be it their experiences of noisy neighbours, or the nostalgic crackle of their vinyl collection.

Beyond Unwanted Sound stemmed from my interest in how noise is used in the sonic arts. To me, the idea of noise as ‘unwanted sound’ didn’t make sense in this context. As a result, the book thinks through how noise might be understood otherwise, so as to allow for noise’s potentially positive, useful or serendipitous manifestations, in addition to its capacity to be unwanted, negative, detrimental and so on. I draw on the histories of media theory to suggest that noise does not just prevent or limit mediation but also allows mediation to happen in the first place. I then use this to question what I call the ‘aesthetic moralism’ of R. Murray Schafer’s acoustic ecology, which hears noise as ‘bad’ to silence’s ‘good'; and what I refer to as the ‘poetics of transgression’, which frequently features in accounts of noise music.  The book is out now. Continue reading

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