On Thursday 5th December 2013, Swansea Digital Film graduate Marcus Thomas will be delivering a guest lecture to students. Marcus is a successful freelance director who has recently moved to London. He has previously worked for the BBC and Wordley Production Partners as a director for high-profile commercials and promotional videos.
Marcus will be talking to students about his experience working his way up from being a production assistant to a freelance director. This will be an all-day lecture/workshop with exercises and lots of useful information for students.
On 28th November 2013, Swansea Digital Film graduate Josie Morgan came to speak to students about her work as a runner in the motion picture industry.
Josie Morgan, who graduated from the course in 2012, spoke about her first 18 months working in the film and television industry. Since graduating, Josie has worked as a freelancer on many feature films, short films, TV series and adverts. She currently works as a Crowd runner on the new Brad Pitt film Fury.
Josie has worked in various roles including locations and production office but she mainly works as a runner for the AD department. Josie emphasised the importance of networking, explaining how all of her employment has come through contacts she has made on set during previous productions. She explained how a runner must endeavour to keep morale high on set, even through gruelling 16 hour days. She said that the people who make life easier on set are remembered and more likely to be hired on future shoots.
Having Josie come in and speak to us was a really insightful look into the world of working in film. Sharing her story and tips was really useful for those of us hoping to follow in her footsteps.
Sam Hinton, Year 3
Insightful comments in to what for many of us will be the immediate future, extremely helpful and entertaining
Tom Barker, Year 2
The talk was really good. It was full of useful advice and made the industry seem a lot less daunting.
Cameron Morris, Year 1
As part of their Major Project work, 3rd year Swansea Digital Film students have been developing pitches for BBC Wales programmes/series using an actual BBC commissioning brief. Students benefited from going through the industry pitching process with a highly experienced commissioner.
Students were guided throughout the development process by Sally Lisk-Lewis (Head of Development – Factual, BBC Wales 2011).
Each group produced a taster tape and pitched to Martyn Ingram, former BBC Wales Commissioning Editor.
To have Martyn Ingram come in and to be able to pitch to him in a professional setting was an invaluable experience. I am most grateful as the knowledge gained and the face to face contacts made through the whole pitching process will stand to my benefit when I leave University.
Shane Conaty, Year 3
It was a fantastic opportunity to pitch to Martyn Ingram. This kind of experience is invaluable for preparing for the industry.
Sam Hinton, Year 3
Martyn Ingram has been a producer, executive producer and commissioner at the BBC and with Presentable/Zodiak Media. He established Wales&Co early in 2012 with the intention of making the best factual programmes from Wales with the very best producers from Wales.
Tomorrow morning (November 28th, 2013) we have a guest speaker coming to talk to our Digital Film and Television Production Students.
Josie Morgan, who graduated from the course in 2012, will be talking to students about her first 18 months working in the film and television industry. Since graduating, Josie has worked as a freelancer on many feature films, short films, TV series and adverts.
Her talk will begin at 11am in Lecture Theatre 2. Josie is a great example of a graduate who has successfully established herself as a freelancer, and the talk will be valuable to all students.