Film & Media
The Film and Media Studies department has loads of activities on offer so that you can get involved. These range from specific activities useful for the course, activities to help with your career or maybe just a foreign trip. You are welcome to use any of the department’s equipment for your own media or film projects.
WTV is the college’s own TV station housed within the department offering you the opportunity to get hands-on experience and develop production skills. This is TV by students and for students and may involve technical skills: camerawork, sound recording, floor-managing, vision-mixing and editing; or it could include writing, reporting, acting and presenting. You will also have the chance to develop your own production ideas with the support of the department – for example, films, pop videos, magazines or radio programmes.
Students have enjoyed the glitz and glamour of Hollywood boulevard on Oscar night, tours of the stars’ homes and the Warner Brothers VIP tour. Other highlights have included Venice beach and Santa Monica, Mulholland Drive, Universal Studios, the Kodak Theatre and Rodeo Drive as well as media workshops in Hollywood.
The Big Apple….New York, New York…..so good they named it after a medieval English town! Highlights have included the Empire State building, Times Square where we saw Vin Diesel and the Naked Cowboy (not together, of course,) visits to the largest stage at Radio City Music Hall, a trip to the history of American TV at the NBC Studios Tour, a hands-on film and TV experience at the American Museum of the Moving Image as well as trips to Broadway shows, New York Knicks basketball and all the other main attractions.
A bit closer to home, we have been on several trips to London, usually for 3 days. We have been on the BBC Studios Tour, where students got the chance to get a behind the scenes look at the BBC – visits to studios setting up for broadcast, rehearsing for that night’s recording and the Blue Peter presenters going through their paces before the green lights light up. Students also had the pleasure of reading the weather forecast, playing with props from Doctor Who and celebrity-spotting in Television Centre. We have also been part of the studio audience for a variety of radio and TV shows. And of course, there is the opportunity to visit the usual sights such as the London Eye, art galleries, theatre shows, film screenings and shopping!
A highlight was the Berlin Film Museum which had exhibitions on the classic German sci-fi movie, Metropolis; a retrospective on the career of European movie star, Romy Schneider, and features on Hitler’s favourite director, Leni Riefenstahl’s propaganda films. Other places we visited included the Jewish Museum, ARD studios, DDR Museum, and a tour of the Eastside Gallery, not to mention the historic attractions such as the Reichstag. The trip coincided with the Berlinale (film festival) and we managed to secure tickets for the latest Jake Scott film – we got to walk the red carpet
Local Cinema Trips
We go to a variety of film showings at local cinemas. For the AS Media study of new film technologies, we saw the IMAX screening of the latest Harry Potter spectacular. As part of their film censorship module A2 students took a trip to the Cornerhouse cinema in Manchester to see “Sweet Sixteen” (the film which caused controversy over its use of bad language – over 200 swearwords – we counted them!)
Speakers and Careers
We go out to a variety of careers fairs and exhibitions related to film and media: the major one this year took place at the Lowry in Salford and in preparation for the opening of MediaCity, offered students the chance to mingle with a variety of media professionals from the worlds of TV, Graphic Design and Advertising who all gave students an insider’s guide to specific media careers. They answer your questions and give practical advice on how to get that all important foot in the door.
We also have a programme of visiting speakers who come into the department to keep students up-to-date with the latest developments in the media industries. The following are just some of the speakers we have had in the Film and Media department:-
- Jane Shepherd, radio interviewer and TV presenter, talked to students about how to create a radio programme
- Dave Boulton gave advice on how to write scripts for radio, film or TV.
- Charlotte Hindle, TV presenter/director and producer talked about presenting children’s TV, interviewing popstars, working as a freelance producer and directing for television
- Dave Guest, BBC News journalist
- Cat Lewis, TV docusoap director
- Frank Gough, from Kodeq on careers in television
- Emily Fussell, Examiner from the British Board of Film Classification, on how films and video games are regulated
- Jane McNulty, scriptwriter for Eastenders, Heartbeat, Doctors, who ran a six-week TV Writing Workshop for students.
Come and watch films on our big screen in the department – from the latest releases to all-time classics to the best of world cinema – we run a lunchtime Film Club throughout the year screening films over two days. A certain percentage of the films will be chosen by student vote and student suggestion. So, tell us what you want to see, then come and see it.