The Lesson | Nominated for Best Animation: Charlotte Giles with audio by Callum Norfolk and Ben Hollick.
LSFM Magazine 2017 is a magnificent way to find out about the University of Lincoln School of Film & Media – from our portfolio of programmes (pages 8-13) to fabulous facilities (pages 14-15) as highlighted on Page 1 from new Head of LSFM, Prof Steven Peacock. Also our current and former students share their experiences and opportunities …
… Page 2 features how student connections during their animation course led to a duo working with the production team that created Ethel & Ernest (2016); page 3 has an alumnus award winning maker of film trailers; page 4 on staff involvement and work at film festivals; page 5 has a couple of global graduates; and throughout the mag you’ll have an insight on collaborations and links with industry. #WeAreLincoln
I have been asked to write for the Alumni page a few times, but I have always had a goal in mind which I strived to achieve, before I started to look back.
Today I am sitting on a laptop in my apartment in West Hollywood, living a life I had dreamt about for over 14 years. So I thought it was a good time to write something.
This is a very long story, BUT if you prevail to the end, like all good stories, there are some valuable lessons inside.
From University to Editing
I got my first video camera for Christmas when I was 15 and never put it down. Like most, I grew up dreaming of working in Hollywood, directing movies.
I studied Media Production between 2007-2010 specialising in Single Camera and Digital Media. By the end of the course I was passionate about all aspects of the degree, even the parts I left behind in previous semesters. After graduating I was undecided on what to do next, my first thought was to do a Masters. In order to pay for it, I decided to take a year out, get the first job I could find as I saved up.
The job turned out to be the Mcdonalds at the end of my road. While working behind the grill, I applied for jobs and work experience at various production houses to gain media experience. After hundreds of emails and applications, and 7 or 8 interviews for Runner and junior positions, I was unsuccessful. I needed experience, which I was unable to get. I was trapped in the classic catch 22. Continue reading
Hola from Joanne Newton! LSFM final year Media Production undergraduate with fellow students from the University of Lincoln are doing voluntary work on a media literacy charity project in Peru with Challenges Abroad. Today is their last day said Jo: surrounded by all of the children, their parents and some teachers we watched everyone’s creations. They were so amazed when they saw their little faces on the big screen! We gave out prizes to them and then said goodbye with hugs from all. I won’t lie I even shed a tear! It was incredible and will stay with me forever.
The challenge to support kids in Peru to create any form of media was taken up by some LSFM student volunteers. Amy-Louise Knowles, Harry Marshall, Holly McGratten, Joanne Newton, Yve Odell, Ellie Plummer, Katie Sharpe and Matt Snellin managed to raise a massive £20,000+ for an overseas opportunity. Now in June they are seeing projects their fundraising went to support – and to get creative in South America!
Joanne Newton blogged on Day One and Two: “Where do I start? After a 26 hour travel consisting of buses, planes, more planes and more buses, we finally arrived in Cusco … I was so excited to be somewhere so different and new, to be pushed outside of my comfort zone.”
Challenges Abroad UK, support the FutureSense Foundation charity’s work, offer student placements. The Peruvian challenge was ‘help teach media literacy to disadvantaged youth and give them the platform to express themselves while exploring all the beauty Peru has to offer’. University of Lincoln College of Arts Deputy Head Dr Sarah Barrow said: The students did so well to raise around £2.5k each towards the costs and a donation to the charity. LSFM offered £150 bursary to each student. The first batch of photos appeared from the LSFM student team’s charity media adventure with kids in the Andes.
Lincoln School of Film & Media takes over the City from Friday 26th May until 9th June! FREE shows for everyone to enjoy are part of the Lincoln Festival of Creativity (FOC). Engage. Explore. Imagine.
See shows of final year students in Contemporary Lens Media (CLM) / Photography at Ruddocks of Lincoln; Media & Audio Production, Film and TV at New Theatre Royal; Animation in the Odeon Lincoln Wharf and on-campus at Brayford Pool. Continue reading
Lincoln is hosting its first, FREE, Festival of Creativity (FOC), organised by the University of Lincoln’s College of Arts. The four-week fest (12th May-9th June) is to showcase and celebrate the emerging creative talent in the city – bringing together a wide range of disciplines through a series of exhibitions, talks and performances for everyone to ‘engage, explore, imagine’. The festival hosts a number of signature events, with advice from leading creative industry experts exploring the wider debate about the importance of the arts in contemporary society.
Final year students from across the College of Arts will celebrate the culmination of three years of study, sharing their work in respective Degree Shows in venues across the city, from art exhibitions and fashion shows to interactive displays and theatrical performances. See the FOC Lincoln School of Film & Media site. LSFM Interim Head Richard Vickers said: We believe graduates should be skilled in communication, be instinctively collaborative, entrepreneurial and inherently interdisciplinary in their approach… Our students learn through projects that have social and cultural capital, exploring creative approaches to challenges and applying design thinking as a process for developing solutions. LSFM showcase 29th May 11am-7pm at New Theatre Royal, Lincoln LN2 1JJ | Follow @LSFMshow
LSFM 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, HERE: Lincoln School of Film & Media presents a talk by Chris Packham.
The pitch for a video was originally put up on the LSFM Academy Facebook page, where information was being given out about Chris Packham coming to do the University of Lincoln’s first-ever BioBlitz event. I have notifications turned on for the LSFM page (coincidentally this is the most consistent tip I’d pass on to other students), some things may not apply but occasionally a job pops up and I’m usually one of the first to see it. BioBlitz is the term used to describe an area-wide survey of the life during a set time period. In this case it was a full day on 3rd October 2016 at Brayford Pool campus. We had a meeting with various staff at the School of Life Sciences – organisers of the event – and tutors from Lincoln School of Film & Media (LSFM). Here’s a BioBlitz short film with Visiting Professor, at the School of Life Sciences & LSFM, and naturalist presenter Chris Packham captured by a LSFM crew.
The Royal Television Society (RTS), an educational charity promoting the arts and science of television, held another series of its student masterclasses on the 14th and 15th November 2016. The first was all about television programming, covering drama, documentaries, journalism and entertainment. In an interview style talk, each speaker would answer questions about their careers, with clips of their work intersected and with an occasional audience Q&A.
First to speak was BAFTA award winner writer/director Sally Wainwright, known for her 2014 drama series Happy Valley. One of the main points in her talk was less is more, an example of this was the end of episode four where the main character has a brutal fight scene, she states part of this was cut as it appeared too violent but it still had the same impact, especially when they decided not to have the end music but the police emergency radio tone through the credits which had previously appeared in the series when an officer was attacked and killed. Continue reading