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 →
The weekend of the 28th November I was lucky enough to be one of 4 people from across the UK to win work experience with ITN Productions, making a Christmas Short Film for The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.Everyone’s competition entry for The Nativity Factor was very boring and consisted of them blabbing on about how they did Media Production, and needed work experience. I took this in to consideration – after all, Media is all about standing out from the crowd – so turned myself into an elf, and made my entry. Thanks to my charm and comedic twist on the brief I won!
The work experience was all paid for, and I was whisked away to London staying in a hotel for 2 nights in Edgware. On Saturday morning I met with the Producers from ITN Productions as well as David Schneider, our Director for the day. Continue reading →
From the 8th June until 12th June I received a brilliant opportunity to work at an independent radio production company called Whistledown Productions. The indie produce weekly programmes for BBC Radio 4 including Feedback, BBC World Service’s Over to You as well as several documentaries on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4. Whistledown have won a variety of awards for their work including a Sony Award in 2003 and Indie of the Year at the Radio Production Awards 2014.
I undertook several jobs at the company which included learning how to use SADiE which is a piece of editing software that the BBC use and is a very important programme to learn if you want to create programmes for the BBC. Continue reading →
Last summer (2014) I emailed a variety of production companies with my most up to date CV asking if they offered any work experience opportunities. Luckily enough Big Talk Productions got back to me offering work experience for two weeks at their offices in London. I was so pleased and excited asBig Talk was a company which produced some of my favorite films such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and the World’s End and TV series such as Friday Night Dinner, Him and Her and Spaced, specialising in comedy and drama, which are my favorite genres. Having done some background research on the company, it was motivating to know that Nira Park the founder of the company began as an office runner and had worked her way up through her talent of producing.
The two weeks involved myself taking the role of a office runner working in Big Talk Pictures (Film) office the first week and then Big Talk Productions (TV) office the second week. Continue reading →
After working as a floor manager for BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Lip Dub event, I was fortunate enough to meet the event’s producer, Rosemary Richards. It’s over a year later and after reaching out and asking whether Rosemary was working on any new projects I found myself working with Rosa Productions for this year’s Gravity Fields Festival (was 24-28 Sept 2014).
It’s a Grantham based festival combining science, arts and heritage events. As a result there were many organisations and businesses involved in the festival and within the community there was a sense of excitement as to what this year’s plans would bring. As Rosa Productions deals with events, it has been extremely interesting to see just how much work goes into producing a community event. I spent the week working in the office, which involved completing general office tasks but also venturing into town to liaise with the venue organisers and even assisting in a large silk painting for display on one of the heritage walks. Continue reading →
The BBC is taking applications for work experience placements this November and December. Deadline’s 14th October. The beeb highlights that “you will only be able to apply for one Work Experience category – TV, Radio, Online or Business and Support. There is no separate category for online work, but all categories offer placements that have a strong interactive element. When you choose your category and fill in your online application, we’ll ask you some questions about what interests you and where in the UK you want to be based. If you are successful, we’ll do our best to match you to a placement that’s right for you.” Find out what you can expect and how to apply, by clicking here.
At Meet the Graduates 2013 here’s what our alumni said about how you can try to get work experience. Produced by LSM’s third year student blogger Rachel Hagreen, with camera crew Tom Anderson and Andrew West.
From University of Lincoln graduate Tim Nicholls: My company Red Bee Media currently has opportunities for work placements in the creative division. “Red Bee CREATIVE is the crack team who devise all those memorable bits between the programmes on TV. We’re talking the trailers and Idents which are internationally acclaimed for their originality, flair and wit. But our work is not only on TV, we transform media brands by creating content for any platform and on any device. Our teams specialize in all types of short-form content, so our projects range from web programmes to digital / social media campaigns.”
LSM student Ami Petch has joined Electric Egg as a full-time production and post-production intern after completing her Media Production BA(hons) studies. Ami joins founding directors Neil Baker and Steven Hatton as Electric Egg’s first full-time employee. Ami was offered the role after impressing Neil and Steve on work experience with the award-winning production company. Continue reading →
ESPTV is a new Internet TV channel showcasing work from both Ermine Street Project CIC and selected emerging filmmakers. We are always looking to expand our database of professionals living in the region, so if you are involved in moving image production in the areas we cover then we want to hear from you. Studying in the region? New graduates always welcome. Follow our blog. Contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.