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Inspiration for your FMP…..

December 2, 2011


Martin Scorsese’s advice to new filmmakers: “It’s all new – break open the form.”


Video –


Worth a watch


Brilliant Work PLACEMENT opportunity

November 28, 2011

Please read the detail of this BBC placement below.

If you would like some help applying Karen is happy to help – please come and see me with your CV and covering letter. 

Closing Date – 21st DECEMBER 2011


West Midlands 2012 BBC Work Experience Placement (unpaid) Opportunity

Based within the BBC, The Mailbox, Birmingham

3 x 3 Month Work Experience placements


There has never been a more exciting time to work on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the West Midlands. As the official broadcast partner for the 2012 Games, the BBC will play a pivotal role in telling the story of the London 2012 Games, not only during the Games itself but in the run up to it.


As part of your university course this West Midlands 2012 BBC Work Experience placement will be central to telling the 2012 story for the West Midlands, driving awareness and engagement with BBC programming across the West Midlands up to and including Games-time. In particular your role will be integral to identifying and telling the story of London 2012 hopefuls from across the West Midlands which are a key mechanism for how the BBC aims to engage and excite audiences from across the West Midlands in the build up to the Games.


You will have the opportunity develop skills and be responsible for researching and building a comprehensive picture of all London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls either based in or from the West Midlands and then developing editorial ideas and suggestions as to how feature them as part of the wider BBC coverage in the region. This opportunity will not only enable you to work on and support programming for this once in a lifetime event, but will also provide you with links and experience of working with a range of thematic and geographic areas, applying your energy, passion and drive for the London 2012 Games to identify and engage as many hopefuls as possible from across the West Midlands.


Your placement will provide you with the skills and development to play a role in supporting additional BBC London 2012 engagement programmes, including around key publicity milestones, Torch Relay planning, volunteering, Pre-Games Training Camps, Live Sites etc.


The placement will be based within the BBC and will provide you with contacts and experience across the BBC media platforms, but will also enable you to work and liaise with Sport bodies and partners, as well as Local Government and geographic 2012 leads.


As competition will be high for these placements we will be looking for students with exceptional creative and research ability demonstrated through previous research experience either within an academic or work setting and also have experience of working with a range of partners. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are also essential.

This is a work placement opportunity for 3 months, on a 1 day a week basis (flexible on times and dates). The 3 placement opportunities will be over the following periods:


  • January – March 2012
  • March – June 2012
  • June – September 2012


For an informal chat please contact Jenny Wilkes on 0121 567 6040 or email


To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter to


Closing date: Wednesday 21 December 2011


Interview date: Week beginning 9 January 2012

It’s not over yet…..

November 24, 2011

There are still 3 weeks of term left…So here is the plan;

Tuesday 29th November – No lecture.  All lecturers available for tutorials 12-1.30pm, usual rooms

Thursday 1st December – Lecturers available. CW1 Hand-in via MOODLE before 11.30pm.


Assessment Week (5th-9th December).  2 tasks for you to do;

1. All students to watch, rate and feedback on the Power, Memory and Spectacle videos on the class Vimeo group.

2. Make promos of your artefacts for your showreel thinking about how you would use them to sell your skills to potential employers and/or promote your creative work.  Lots of examples on the prof exp blog about this –

(Small) Prizes for best work!


FEEDBACK WEEK (13th and 15th December)

Tuesday 13th Dec – LECTURE – FMP PROPOSALS + CW1 Feedback in Seminars

Thursday  15th Dec – CW1 Feedback in Seminars


Christmas Break

CW2 – Your FMP Proposal due Thursday 19th Jan 2012.

Lecture – Tuesday 22nd November

November 21, 2011

Tuesday’s lecture – We will be covering everything you need to know about  CW1 hand-in due next week (Thursday 1st Dec).

This is a important session so please make every effort to attend.  There will be time for you to ask any questions. We will not be covering hand-in in the seminar sessions – these are for feedback on your Memory artefacts only.

See you tomorrow!





Memory 2 – Clifton’s Lecture

November 15, 2011



Here is the link to today’s lecture –




Also some interesting ideas to try that combine information about you (on Facebook) and archiving software.

Museum of Me –

The Wilderness Downtown –











Memory 1 – Participating in Britain in a Day

November 8, 2011

For the memory project you will be participating in the BBC/Youtube Britain in a day project, which is a nationwide crowdsourced documentary project that will be taking place on 12th November 2011.

The things you need to be thinking about for this are:

  • What memories/moments are important for people to capture for this project (think about what aspects of Britain would make good additions to the film)
  • Think about what you are doing on the day and how you could use this to capture some aspect of your/or someone elses life to include in the project
  • Watch the Life in a Day documentary and write up your reflections and analysis of the film (think about what aspects of life are missing, what could it of included etc)
  • How can you use your skills as filmmakers to add to the project (timelapse footage for example might be useful for the filmmakers)
  • Think about the people and spaces that you have access to on the day, if you are working or already have plans then think about how this could make a contribution to the film
  • Look at the details for the project on the BBC Britain in a Day website and the Youtube Britain in a day website to find out about any requirements for having your footage included
Good luck

Annual David Lean Lecture streaming live at 8pm Sunday

November 4, 2011

variant_learning_logo-300x67  Lecture to be given by acclaimed documentary maker Errol Morris at 8pm on Sunday 6 November.

Here’s the link – Bafta Guru

There are many interviews with top film and documentary people on this site – well work a look.