New Resource – On Craft

Simply put (from their website) It’s On Craft , "..gather high-quality material from films, graphic novels and other visual media and let you explore how other professionals crafted it."

Crafts they support include Animation, Art Direction, Idea to Screen, Project Management, Scriptwriting, Sound and Music, Storyboarding, Compositing, Directing, Character Design, Backgrounds.

The really exciting area from a student experience point of view, is that the resource is designed to make professionals accessible. They offer ‘ask me anything’ online sessions where students can participate in Q&A sessions with artists, filmmakers, animators, game developers etc. They are also developing networking functionality so that students can do virtual studio tours and contact professionals directly.

This is still being trialled so please take a look. Use it or lose it.

Access it here:

Students need to enter their name, email address and a password to get started. They will then just need to confirm their email address.

If you like it please use the survey link so that we can get lots of qualitative feedback

Please feel free to share on fb, or VLE pages for students and forward to anyone I might have missed from this email.

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Splendid Cinema: Acclaimed BAFTA winning Under the Shadow, 27 April

Thursday 27 April, 2017: Under the Shadow(GB, QA, JO, Babak Anvari, 2016) 15 cert. 84 min. TBC

BAFTA Award Winner 2017 – Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer!
I won’t say this supernatural thriller set in Tehran during the height of the Iran-Iraq war, where a mother and young daughter struggle to cope with the terror of almost nightly bombardments, while also haunted by a malevolent spirit, is the scariest film of the year, but, like The Babadook, it’s damn scary!

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH

Doors open at 19:15 for a 19:30 start

Tickets £5 on the door

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Visiting Game Art speaker Jason Pickthall – 1pm Weds 3rd May 2017 EE G162

Jason Pickthall is coming in to talk to students and staff on Weds 3 May 2017 at 1pm. The venue will be Room EE G162, St Johns Campus.

Jason is a concept artist and visualisation specialist with a wealth of experience in the Games Industry. Currently working as Lead Concept Artist at Midlands based developer Rare; his previous clients and employers include Blizzard, Nintendo, Microsoft, Bethesda, Rebellion, BBC and Konami. His extensive experience in video game development ranges from level designer, 3D artist through to concept artist on a whole range of platforms. Visit Jason’s site to see his portfolio of extraordinary game art concepts

I know it is nearing submission time but an hour’s break to escape in some beautiful artwork should be a welcome distraction for students and staff hopefully! ALL are welcome.


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BAFTA’s Guru Live event – 6+7 May

For the second year, BAFTA will be holding a 2 day festival called Guru Live at our headquarters in London on 6+7 May. You can find out more here, but the event will be a chance for aspiring creatives to meet and learn from leading names across Film, TV and Games through masterclasses, Q&As, roundtables and other sessions throughout the weekend, all at just £6 per session. We’re also doing an event in Glasgow too on 6 May. Many of the sessions would be perfect for any students who are studying related courses and perhaps looking at going into a creative career.

Would you be able to help spread the word to your students at all please? I have included some copy below and an image attached – any support would be much appreciated J


Wanna get into film/tv/games? Book for #GuruLIVE for 2 days of panels + masterclasses with BAFTA winners + nominees

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Looking to get into the film, TV or games industries? Want some great advice from the best in the business?

BAFTA are opening their doors to budding film, TV + games-makers for a weekend of wisdom from BAFTA winners + nominees! At Guru LIVE on 6+7 May, there’ll be 2 days of masterclasses, panels + Q+As, with the teams behind films such as The Girl With All The Gifts and Under The Shadow, TV shows like Dragon’s Den and game studio Rebellion all confirmed to speak so far. We’ll also be running masterclasses from the teams behind Notes on Blindness and Murder in Successville.

Tickets are just £6 per session and flying out the door! See the full programme for Guru LIVE and book your tickets here

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Splendid Cinema: Embrace of the Serpent 30 March 2017 7.30pm

OK, so this film is a bit of a hard sell; not because it is “difficult” or “politically provocative” but because it is a very quiet, and exceptionally beautiful, film. Those who attend will be well rewarded for the effort. So please help by circulating this announcement to any and all that may be interested.

30 March, 2017: Embrace of the Serpent/El abrazo de la serpiente(CO, AR, VE, Ciro Guerra, 2015) 12 cert. 125 min.

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant. A truly beautiful, moving and spiritually challenging film.

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH

Doors open at 19:15 for a 19:30 start

Tickets £5 on the door

Dr. Mikel J. Koven

Senior Lecturer, Film Studies

Office Hours: Tuesdays 13:00 – 16:00 & Thursdays 13:00 – 16:00


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I, Daniel Blake… Fri 31st 6.45 at the HIVE

The season finale is here. Join us on Friday for Ken Loach’s latest film I, Daniel Blake…

Daniel Blake has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain.

Supported by Unite Communities

Doors Open 6.45, Film starts 7.15

Tickets on the door or online at:

£5 Waged, £1 Low-waged / Unwaged


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Cultures of Resistance + Live video chat with the Director

Friday 17th March Doors Open 6.45, Film starts 7.15

The Hive Studio, Worcester

Cultures of Resistance (2010) explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice. Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story. 72 minutes.

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Splendid Cinema – Thursday 16 March – Train to Busan

This Thursday!
It’s a Korean zombie movie set on a train. Zombies! On a train!!
In Korea!!!

16 March, 2017: Train to Busan/Busanhaeng(KR, Yeon Sang-ho, 2016) 15 cert. 118 min

“Cult Film Thursdays” is proud to present the South Korean blockbuster, Train to Busan. A zombie-virus breaks out in South Korean on board the titular train; and the few survivors try their best to out run the zombie epidemic.

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH

Doors open at 19:15 for a 19:30 start

Tickets £5 on the door

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Pride again.

Last Friday saw Worcester’s 5th recent screening of Pride, supported by the University and Worcester trade Unions.  And once again the audience loved it. What a great film.


The story is a true one. Striking miners are fighting to save their own communities and are faced by a belligerent Thatcher government and a vicious tabloid press. A group of gay activists based in Camden Town know what it’s like to be bullied. Working on the principle that my enemy’s enemy is my friend, they realise that the desperate miners are kindred spirits and need financial, as well as moral, support.

Calling themselves Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), they begin to collect money and then drive a couple of minibuses and a clapped-out camper van to a bleak South Wales mining village to present their donations. In a decade when a degree of homophobia was the norm they were unsure of their welcome……….

The events that unfold say a lot about what it means to be empathetic, to overcome dissent and face common enemies: Thatcher, the tabloids, the police. Pride is an inspiring film that tells a story about solidarity. It should not be missed!

NEXT WEEK Cultures of Resistance Doors open 6.45 film usually starts at 7.15.

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Heikki Simpula – Director

Friday 10th March – 12.00pm – JL2002

Film Production (DFPR) graduate Heikki Simpula will be visiting to talk about his experiences since university: becoming a film and TV director; how to manage and develop a career between different countries;  doing post graduate studies at the London Film School; becoming the ‘sound guy’.

All welcome.

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