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Posted: 17/02/14

Creative ventures for students

From television editing advice from the BBC to discovering how to put together a top portfolio, students at West Nottinghamshire College have welcomed a range of guests during their industry week (10-14 February).

  • Chad's editor Phil Bramley takes a look through the news with Alex Varley, Francesca Jurkow, Kaylee Hemmings and Kirsy Marks
  • Louisa Oukil with Pam Kokoszka and Danielle Gates

On Monday, media production (film and TV) students welcomed Mark Readman, senior director at BBC East Midlands. Mark gave professional advice and feedback on the students’ weekly live television show ‘Gogglebox Live’.

After Mark’s input, students then re-shot and edited the show using his advice and compared the two programmes.

Tuesday saw Linney Group’s Iain Swales talk about his role at the Mansfield-based company and students learnt more about 3D design skills in the creative industry.

The Chad’s editor Phil Bramley visited students on Wednesday to discuss a range of ideas to support video campaigns for the paper's website.  The aim is for students to gain more practical experience of on-line journalism by using their filming and editing skills to create video news packages and feature documentaries for the title's growing on-line audience.

Phil said: “I was really impressed with the breadth of ideas and the maturity that the students displayed and we discussed how we could commission them to get involved in video recording and getting vox pops for news campaigns in the community.

“I was interested to hear their ideas for future development for both online news and within the newspaper itself and I look forward to working with them more.”

A Star Media’s Katrina Atherton also visited the college to speak to second year students about setting up in business in film and media.  Katrina’s Mansfield-based company specialises in the creation of web films for organisations from a multitude of industries across the UK and beyond.

The week ended with students finding out more about getting recruited into the creative industries when The Creative Movement’s co-director Louisa Oukil visited to give advice on how to perform at interview and prepare a professional portfolio when applying for jobs.

The Creative Movement has an office in Nottingham’s ‘Creative Quarter’ and specialises in matching people in the creative industry into the right jobs, such as graphic design, digital, advertising and PR.

Louisa said: “It was good to meet the students and help them to prepare their thoughts and plans for entering the jobs market. It’s important to prepare early and start to prepare CVs and portfolios.

“I explained how important it is to nurture their creativity outside the classroom too by visiting galleries, networking with others and creating scrapbooks and journals.  By immersing themselves in other creative mediums they’ll ensure they stand out from the rest at job interviews.”