Media Mentors | Industry & LSFM

Lincoln School of Film & Media (LSFM) is proud to have mentors who work in a range of media jobs. LSFM Mentoring with industry started as a pilot and has been running, developing, for three academic years. Our undergraduates apply, for 20 places, to have their own media mentor. LSFM said: Employability is at the heart of everything we do. Read LSFM’s student story from mentee Imogen Hayes. LSFM Mentoring is in collaboration with the University of Lincoln Careers & Employability team. 

Mentors, many who are our graduates, kindly volunteer time from their busy schedules for LSFM Mentoring. Over summer we’ll check on our mentors availability for the new academic year 2018-19. Timely now to reflect on their massive contribution and say thank you. If you’d like to be a mentor, you can register your interest and details are here.  See a snapshot of some of our inspirational media mentors. Continue reading

Animation Degree Show | 4th June at Lincoln Drill Hall

LSFM-AnimationShow-4June2018Your invitation from LSFM Animation Team to see final year students’ work, part of Lincoln Festival of Creativity: Please join us on Monday 4th June at Lincoln Drill Hall for our Animation Degree Show and Awards Ceremony. Our Show starts at 1pm! Just RSVP here if you’d like to come.

Poster by Year 1 Animation students Daniel Capper and Aaron Smith. Festival of Creativity team spoke to Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in BA (Hons) Animation and Visual Effects Jane Batkin about the Animation Show.

Lincoln Games Research Network | Symposium 23.05.18

DrPaoloRuffinoUni of Lincoln School of Film & Media Lecturer Dr Paolo Ruffino said: the Lincoln Games Research Network is hosting a symposium on Wednesday 23rd May on-campus at Brayford Pool campus. 

Colleagues, current and former students are welcome. For the morning session, participation is free but places are limited. If you would like to join please send me an email at  pruffino@lincoln.ac.ukThe afternoon session is open (to students, graduates and staff), and does not require registrations. We hope to see you at the event!

MORNING SESSION 10:00-14:00 at IntLab (INB1103): Guest Talk by Dr Mina Vasalou (UCL Knowledge Lab) “A Critical Examination of Feedback in Early Reading Games”. Continue reading

Darren Scales, LSFM Lecturer | Short Opens TFL Fest, Cannes 18

Congrats Daz. University of Lincoln School of Film & Media lecturer and filmmaker Darren Scales, who is also our Industry Mentor, has posted about his award winning sci-fi short: “I’m proud to announce that DARKWAVE: Edge of the Storm is the opening film at the TFL festival in CANNES!” TFL is That Film Life | Cannes 71st Festival 9th to 18th May 2018

Emma Bridgewood, Class of 2016 | Top 10 Tips on Getting TV Work

Emma: TV Runner/Researcher

Emma: TV Runner/Researcher

As a graduate now working in the television industry, I thought I would share with you my ten tips about what it’s like to work in TV land! Whether you’re a prospective Runner, just generally interested in TV, or if you’re just procrastinating about writing an essay, hopefully this will be of some interest to you! Obviously if you have any more specific questions, feel free to give me a tweet or facebook message, I’d be happy to help.

1. It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do! When you leave university, there’s a lot of pressure for you to suddenly ‘know’ what you want to do with the rest of your life, but you don’t need to know right away! When you work in TV, most people start off as a Runner, working on programmes in all kinds of genres. This is a sort of ‘try before you buy’ stage, you can see what genre(s) of shows you enjoy working on, and hopefully you can specialise into that as you progress. That also includes trying out different roles, and you can decide whether to go down an Editorial (PD / Researcher), Technical (Camera / Sound) or Production (Production Manager / Prod Coordinator / Prod Sec) route.

 2. There isn’t a set way to get into TV.  From talking to people who work in the industry, it is clear there are many different ways to get into TV. Some people are lucky enough to know someone, a few stumble into it from other industries, and others (like me) have worked hard to get where they are! Continue reading

Industry Mentor for 2018-19 | Open to LSFM Years 1 and 2

Mentoring-JoAshmanLincoln School of Film & Media 1st & 2nd Year students can APPLY to have a Industry Mentor in the new academic year (2018-19). Our superb School-Industry opportunity is for 20 selected LSFM undergraduates to be mentored by a professional who kindly volunteer their time from the working world. Currently mentors are working in audio production, TV, radio, film, design at Hello! magazine, in photography and multimedia jobs from social media to scriptwriting. This call-out is for any LSFM Level 1 and 2 students – for example from animation, audio production, film & television, media production, media studies and photography – to register their interest. Just download and complete this LSFM_MENTORING-2018:19-StudentForm by Friday 13th April 2018.  Please return your form to Louise Lawlor via email: llawlor@lincoln.ac.uk.

Please note: Successful applicants will be informed during your student Summer break. 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, 2018-19. Continue reading

Congrats Imogen Hayes, LSFM 3rd Year | Runner Job after Uni

As a third year, the daunting acknowledgment that Uni (of Lincoln) is over soon and I will need to fit into reality hits hard. I am fortunately one of those people who likes to get stuff done early so my period of stress and panic hits way before deadline day – this is something I’ve always done in all aspects of my life including career prospects. I did my first piece of work experience in the Media Industry at 18, working as a runner for a week at CrowTV Post Production. This mainly consisted of making teas and coffees and the occasional cocktail (cocktail Fridays is a theme I’ve seen in more than one Post Production house). After that, I started Uni (Media Production course) and felt studies were more important. Around the end of my first semester of the second year, I looked at my CV and thought I needed more work experience.

If there is one thing I’ve learnt from seeing my siblings go through University and then try to get a job is that experience is everything. When I say everything, I do mean everything!  Continue reading

Oliver Cowton, LSFM Grad | Best Doco, Midlands Movies Awards

Congratulations to Oliver Cowton, filmmaking LSFM postgraduate, who won Best Documentary at the Midlands Movies Awards 2018 (on 3rd March). Oli was originally commissioned by Channel 4’s Random Acts to direct and produce Portrait (2017). It is a 3-minute short film and he said:  It’s a great encouragement to receive this award from Midlands Movies. 

Making films is always hard work. But I was lucky to have an amazing team, mainly made of staff and students at the University of Lincoln, that helped bring this story to life.

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Hannah Skidmore, Class of 2014 | Aesthetica Fest BAFTA-Recognised

HannahSkidmore-ASFF2017_photo-by-Jim Poyner PhotographyIt was always my aim to remain within the film industry after graduation.It’s all happening in London. You want a job in film, London’s is the place to be.” Now if I had a pound for every time this was said to me, I might have been able to afford to live in London! But truth be told, moving to London never really crossed my mind. I don’t buy into the fact that you must be in London to have a good job. It’s easy to get caught up in people telling you how important it is to work in the “big city” but I couldn’t disagree more. There is a wealth of talent right across the country that all too often gets overlooked. Don’t get me wrong, London works for many people, but just not me. I’m a big advocate of taking some of the focus off London so that other amazing cities across the UK, such as Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds etc. can flourish and develop. It’s this desire to stand out from the crowd that drew me to Aesthetica. 

Aesthetica-Mag-CoverHere was this incredible business that produced not only one of the most successful arts and culture publications, Aesthetica magazine, but had its own BAFTA-Recognised film festival, international Art Prize and Creative Writing Award. To top it all off, it was right on my doorstep!  Since joining the team last September as Aesthetica’s Marketing Coordinator, it’s been a complete whirlwind. In less than three months I’ve been front and center for the launch of three issues, we’ve opened both the Art Prize and Creative Writing Prize, and hosted the 7th edition of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

I can’t begin to explain how rewarding it is to go to work each day and be surrounded by people with as much passion and excitement for film. The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is one of the world’s leading international short film festivals, celebrating independent film from around the world and it really does pride itself on being an outlet for supporting and championing filmmaking. The festival takes place each November across the city of York, showcasing over 300 films from both established and emerging filmmakers, along with numerous industry masterclasses, guest programmes, premiere screenings and special events. To submit your short this year visit: www.asff.co.uk/submit. Entries close 31 May 2018. Here’s ASFF 2017 trailer.  Continue reading

Graduation Day 24.01.2018 | University of Lincoln (UK)

It’s the University of Lincoln Graduation Day (24 Jan 2018) at lovely Lincoln Cathedral. Our Lincoln School of Film & Media’s graduands will be at the 2.30pm ceremony and it will be on YouTube

We wish our LSFM former students the very best and invite them to keep in touch with the LSFM alumni community – we’d love to hear about your experiences, work opportunities and adventures. 

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