The Two Minute Feature with Ian House screenwriter for Pixar

A talk by Ian House, a former Screenwriter for Pixar.

Based on Star Wars: A New Hope, The Two Minute Feature, presents the story of Star Wars independently from the feature film format. We explore a spiralling narrative shape which reflects the story themes within itself, ultimately, through references to McKee and Field, by adding meaning and therefore emotion to a climactic 2 minute micro episode of the story whole.

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Guest Lecture; Billy Bannister Location Sound

Tomorrow at 2.30 in the DAC TV studio we will be joined by Billy Bannister – a professional location sound mixer for Film & Television. He will be talking about his career as well as giving a practical hands on session.

Again this is a great opportunity to network and learn about the industry

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Sean Baker – director of The Florida Project and Tangerine – in a live Q&A

We are delighted to be hosting Sean Baker – director of The Florida Project and Tangerine – in a live Q&A from Los Angeles on Friday 16th November at 7pm. The Florida Project has made regular appearances in critics top ten lists for 2017 and was part of Directors Fortnight in Cannes. This will be a great opportunity to hear from one of the best film directors working in the industry today.
Please come to the Digital Arts Centre Video Studio on Friday 16th November at 6.45pm for a 7pm start.
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Summer Camp work – CCUSA – USA Road Trip at Worcester

CCUSA – USA Road Trip at Worcester Uni on Friday 16h November in conjunction with the Careers Dept.

10AM – 2PM – Firstpoint Person and Guidance Centre – Info Stand

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM – Edward EEG021 – CCUSA and Camp Director Talk!

The events will be on working at children’s summer camps in America and Canada over the summer holidays, which will include a special guest from America’s top Performing Arts Camp, Ron Schaefer, Camp Director from French Woods Festival of Performing Arts. We would love to spread the word and invite all your students (1st, 2nd & 3rd years), as this would be the perfect summer placement/job for them.

We are specifically coming to Worcester because of the reputation and the courses you provide. Your students are studying courses and possess the perfect skills that our camps, particularly French Woods, look for when hiring staff. French Woods are joining us in the hope of recruiting staff for their camp for next summer and will be talking about what they can offer your students as well as interviewing any interested afterwards.

We work with around 800 different camps in America and Canada, but French Woods in particular, offer a unique experience for people wanting a career in the Performing Arts/Arts/Music industry. I am not sure if you know anything about French Woods –, but some facts about them includes:

  • French Woods produces more than 70 full scale productions every summer – drama/acting, dance, music etc.
  • There are five theatres on camp: a black-box, a proscenium arch stage with fly system, a proscenium arch stage with raked seating, a theatre-in-the-round and a three-quarter-thrust stage.
  • All theatres are equipped with sound and lighting systems and a technical crew that teaches and designs. Two full scale scene shops a huge costume shop and full music and tech theatre departments support their stage productions.
  • Staff/Counselors teach classes in improvisation, acting technique, commercial technique, creative writing, directing, dialects, musical theatre, Shakespeare, stage combat, scene study, theatre games and more.
  • In Technical theatre children can take classes and get hands-on experience in stagecraft and design, construction, props, lighting, sound, video, costuming and makeup.
  • In Film & TV – children learn to shoot and edit video using our state of the art equipment – we use 3-ccd mini-dv cameras and non linear editing software including iMovie, iDVD and the Final Cut Studio. They also get the chance to learn about script writing, special effects, titling and text effects.
  • Their musical productions are supported by live music, provided by campers and staff in the classical, jazz, or rock and roll music programs, whichever is appropriate for the show, from small combos to full pit orchestras.
  • Costume shop hosts more than 40,000 costume pieces
  • Although French Woods specialises in Performing Arts, the campers also get to participate in Land and Water Sports, Arts, Dance, Adventure – with around 80 different activities on camp, there is something for everyone at any time.

Not only would your students be provided with a 9 to 12 week paid job/contract, they would be working with people from all over the world, experiencing cultural diversity as well as developing great employability skills and enhancing their CV. This is the perfect opportunity for students to put their classroom theory into practice in a professional workplace.

I hope this is something you feel able to support and help us with. If you have any lectures scheduled for Friday 16h November with students you feel would be interested, I would love to come along with French Woods to your lecture letting them know about our presentations that day and working at camp. If there are any lectures in the week preceding this, and you would be able to let them know of our event on Friday 16h November, that would also be very helpful. If you can contact your students by email or text, I can provide you with social media posts for the event, or any other details you require. The ultimate aim is to facilitate any of your interested Students to take advantage of this one-day opportunity and speak directly with French Woods representatives.



French Woods representatives will be interviewing any interested students afterwards if they are particularly interested in working there.

If this isn’t something you are able to do, or you feel I would be better speaking to someone else, please let me know and I will contact them. I really appreciate you taking the time to read this and for any assistance you are able to give. If you would like any additional info or social media posts/emails to advertise this to your students, please let me know and I can provide these.

Andy Gadah

Head Of Marketing


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Media Lab – paid media work for students

Please see this job – advertised on the main uni website here.


Media Lab Operatives – Open to current University of Worcester students only


The prime purpose of the Media Lab is to offer suitable students from throughout the University the opportunity to gain practical work based experience through involvement in client-focused projects. Media Lab project work to date has largely involved the following areas:

Website development, mobile applications development, video production work, design and illustration projects.

It will be possible from 2018/19 for WBS students to seek credit for their work through the Media Lab in linking projects to accredited Work-Based Project modules as part of the BA/ BSc (Hons) programmes, at both levels 5 and 6.

Contract hours for each project will range from just a few to 100+, depending upon the project in question. However, it is recognised that some students will only wish to join the Media Lab to use the facilities and to learn from others, rather than to be attached to live projects in their own right. The Media Lab will be supportive and inclusive regarding this type of interest and it is hoped that students can still benefit from the guidance, training and support on offer from University of Worcester staff “specialists” who are attached to the Media lab.

At any one time there will be a number of Media Lab projects that are ongoing, and a number that are in the ‘scoping’ phase. We are also expecting that over time students who have developed good commercial knowledge, skills and insight might consider other opportunities available within WBS such as business start-up and incubation support.

Main duties

Students in the Media Lab may, at some point in their development, engage in some or all of the following depending on the projects they are engaged on:

• Developing and modifying responsive websites.

• Coding related to either front and/or back end.

• General online research.

• Organising and developing content.

• Graphic and new media design.

• Project managing.

• Problem solving.

• Working and meeting with clients.

• Working with others in small teams to problem solve.

• Editing and writing for the web (Media Lab Blog).

• Wireframing and prototyping

• Video and camera work

• Editing and post production work.

• Photography, optimisation and image editing.

• Editing copy for websites.

• Using the Adobe Creative Suite.

• Using various editors and related design software and plugins.

• Coding in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

• Developing and customising social media channels.

• Developing and implementing interactive components of websites.

• Undertaking work for charities.

• Attending group or project meetings.


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Richard Davies: camera assistant

For the next in our series of Guest Lectures Film Production presents Richard Davies; camera assistant on Transformers The Last Knight, Wonder Woman 2 and Solo; A Star Wars Story. Join us at 2.30 today in the DAC TV Studio for a talk focussing on his route from university to industry and his day to day working role.

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Mitch Payne: Camera Assistant RESCHEDULED

Remember, this event was rescheduled from last week to TODAY  
2pm – Video Studio EEG185

This Wednesday we are lucky enough to be joined by Mitch Payne; Camera Assistant on Peaky Blinders, Free Fire, No Offence and many others. The session will start at 2pm in the DAC TV Studio.

You can see his imdb profile here.

He will be discussing his route into the industry and how to get on to any of the numerous trainee schemes for film production that there are in the UK. This will be an invaluable chance to meet some one working within the Industry at it’s highest levels and discover how they made the jump from university to industry.


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Local opportunities for writers & filmmakers

New Writing Night

Deadman Theatre at the Mockingbird, Digbeth, Birmingham, 29th October 2018

5-15 minute pieces of new writing are wanted. The evening will be filmed and will take place in a cinema, so they are particularly interested in pieces that will work well for camera. However, if you are worried about that, just submit and they can decide for you. They are especially interested in Birmingham-based writers from a diversity of backgrounds but also submissions from elsewhere.

Deadline: 12pm, 26th October. More info here.

Work experience at the BBC

Each year the BBC welcomes over 1,000 people in on work experience. These are two week opportunities for you to come and see how the BBC works. Find out more here.

Follow on Instagram & Twitter @BBCGetIn for news, updates & insights into life at the BBC.

Flatpack Festival 2019

Submissions for Flatpack Festival 2019 (30 April – 6 May) are now open. They are looking for shorts, live performances and embarrassing first ventures into film making! More info here.

Deadline: 11:59pm, 20th January 2019.

‘PRESS PLUS’ – attend a press night / receive free tickets / arts mentoring

Ruth Millington is an arts & culture blogger based in Birmingham. She is inviting people who are 16 – 25 years old and based in Birmingham & the Black Country to attend a press night with her. Opportunities include FREE tickets for theatre shows, exhibitions and art events at Wolverhampton Grand, the Hippodrome, the REP, Ikon Gallery and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. As part of the scheme, she will also be offering mentoring around careers in the arts and blogging. Find out more/sign up here.

NEWS ITEM: Major TV and film studios to open in Birmingham

Steven Knight, the Birmingham-born screenwriter, film director and creator of Peaky Blinders, has revealed plans to open a six-stage TV and film studio complex in the city. The 20-acre site, called Mercian Studios, will be located near Birmingham airport and will include six sound stages… Full article here.

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Hive Projection Competition

If you know someone aged 16 – 25 who enjoys art & design then you may be interested to know that The Hive is running a Christmas Light Competition with a prize of £500 and their design projected onto one of the most iconic buildings in the city!

The design needs to be festive yet contemporary and submitted online or via a memory stick.

To find out more or to submit your entry email hiveadminteam

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RTS Careers Fair in Birmingham

We have 20 FREE tickets to attend the RTS Careers Fair in Birmingham Tuesday 16th October. FREE coach travel.

Alongside Q&A panel sessions with production teams and talent from the biggest shows and brands, there will be practical workshops on filming and technology; the chance to have a go at presenting; CV advice; the opportunity to learn about the different jobs and training schemes that are available and to network with the most influential creatives in the business.

This event is unmissable if you have ever thought about working in TV or Radio.

Companies exhibiting include:

BBC Academy, BBC Blue Room, BBC Doctors, BBC Midlands Today, BBC School Report, BBC WM, BECTU Sector of Prospect, Channel 4, Edinburgh TV Festival, Full Fat TV,  ITV, National Film and Television School, Presenter Promotions, Producers Forum, The Writer’s Guild and many more!

Sessions available on the day:

10.30am-11.15am: The Secrets Behind TV Sport

11.30am-12.15pm: How to Get Ahead in Entertainment Television

12.30pm-1.15pm: Everything You Need to Know About Making Factual Programmes

1.30pm-2.15pm: The Essential Guide to Short Form Content 

2.30pm-3.15pm: Get Ready For Your TV Job

3.30pm-4.15pm: The Grand Finale – Love Island, Radio 1 and BBC Three

You can also have a go at presenting, to act in a drama, make content on your phones and much more:


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