1000+ days later… Rachel Hagreen on life after LSM & University

Rachael-Hagreen_UpdatedPicWell, that’s it. Somehow three years (or roughly 1018 days) have just passed and University has officially finished with me. The past year has been the best of my life so far, and that is purely down to genuinely loving the course (even the dissertation) and meeting a cracking set of friends following the University trip to Latvia back in October.

As much as I don’t want to leave University life, I now feel completely ready to move on to whatever’s next. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work on a lot of extra projects (paid and unpaid) during my three years in Lincoln and those are the things that have really given me the confidence that I have now. Whether you’re going into your first or second year, or even final year I can’t express enough how important it is to get that extra bit of experience. The course is fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but there’s going to be a couple of hundred people graduate with the same degree as you in ONE year from that ONE course in Lincoln alone. It’s no secret that jobs are hard to come by in this industry but if you do something extra on the side that will set you apart from those hundreds of other people in the same position as you, it’ll really make a difference when you leave. Continue reading

LSM Update

Head of Lincoln School of Media, Dr. Sarah Barrow, wanted to share three good pieces of news with you.

SU_awards2014Firstly, Media Production has been nominated for the ‘Course of the Year’ category at the University of Lincoln Students’ Union Awards.  The prize ceremony will be on 9th May 2014.  You can find out more about the Lincoln School of Media on our site here. Like LSM’s in the top four of all media degree courses in the UK for student employability.

vodafone-logoSecondly, a University of Lincoln student team ‘Lincoln Valentino’, which included LSM third year Sascha Tucker (Social Media Manager at Linc TV) has won the Vodafone 24-hour challenge, with prizes including an 8 week paid internship and an iPad. Sacha said: “Our team was awarded 1st place for our new innovative idea and concept – the Relieve E-Cigarette. All animation, scripts and VO were produced by myself.” Vodafone has opportunities across the year for students and graduates and can be found on its site about careers.

D&AD_Awards2014Thirdly, another Media Production student, (specialising in Design) has reached the finals of the prestigious D&AD annual awards.  As we await the outcome you may like to enter the New Blood Awards npower Developer Challenge 2014 ” to design an app which harnesses energy data with publicly available and device data to help consumers manage their energy use.” Closing date’s 30th May 2014 – brief’s here.

Aleysha Minns on her Internship, at MtG 2014 & LSM Media Mentor

Class of 2013

Class of 2013

February has been a busy month! I have just about completed my Production Assistant internship at Warp Films in Sheffield and I have had the best time, not just for experience, but because I am a huge fan of their films. I have experienced working in their head office with some extremely talented and well-respected people, such as multiple BAFTA award winning Diarmid Scrimshaw, the Producer of ‘Tyrannasaur’, which was such a highlight for me.

While I was there, I had the chance to work on a wide range of tasks such as, working with contracts and preparing paperwork for distribution companies, checking transcripts for DVDs, film development research and valuable administration experience. I also got to experience the feeling of excitement of a film appearing at film festivals and waiting for reviews and award nominations to come in. I learnt so much from this experience and have enjoyed every minute of it.  Continue reading

Warner Bros. Insider’s View by Warner’s Ex-Senior Vice President

TOMORROW as part of LSM’s 20 Anniversary you’re invited to former Warner Bros. Senior Vice President and our Visiting Professor Rick Senat’s unique perspective on ‘Warner Bros. An Illustrated History.’ Rick’s a partner at literary agency The Blair Partnership, which manages J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter films & brand and currently working on the BBC TV’s series of The Casual Vacancy. Rick has forty years in the entertainment industry from Vice-chair at the British Film Institute to Director at revived Hammer Film Productions and the Soho Theatre.

Rick Senat on IMDb“My current board positions include Cineworld plc, Bank Leumi (UK) plc and I am Chair of the London Film Museum. While at Warner I was associated with many outstanding films, filmmakers and film franchises including the extraordinary Harry Potter series. It was at Warner that I met Neil Blair and my joining him and his team at The Blair Partnership marks a business and personal step which is both challenging and enormously rewarding.”


From Sarah Barrow, Head of LSM: Tomorrow, Rick will be presenting his wonderful insider view of the history of Warner Brothers, with amazing clips cut from the original negatives: For LSM students only who’ve booked places 2pm-5pm in MC2201. Then in the Jackson Lecture Theatre 6pm-9pm, ALL WELCOME. No need to book! Continue reading

Opportunity: Film Crew for ‘Day In the Life’ Video on 18 Jan 2014

FILM CREW for THIS SATURDAY. Student opportunity from Hazel Donnelly, Project Co-ordinator at LSM’s Social Enterprise. 

Hazel DonnellyNew Media Lincs has been approached by  FITPRO Recipes to produce a ‘day in the life’ type video of a personal trainer. The filming has to take place THIS Saturday the 18th of January 2014. I require a crew of two cameras and one sound operator.  If you’re interested in building up your portfolio and making business contacts, please contact me ASAP for this opportunity and others, just email me!  hdonnelly@lincoln.ac.uk


NEW for 2014! Student Mentoring by Industry Professionals

Jordan-et-alLSM’s 2009 alumnus Jordan Livermore has kindly volunteered to be one of our industry mentors for our new mentoring initiative, which will pilot in the New Year. Student mentee places are limited (to 20) for our final and second year students, so sign up ASAP! More details are on the Blackboard announcement sent out from Sarah Barrow with the registration form. Sign up via email to the School’s administrator Louise Lawlor.  

Jordan’s also working on student work experience opportunities between the Lincoln School of Media and his TV connections, again thank you to him. So watch this blog!

Review: In Conversation with Tomska (11.12.13)

Our 2011 Graduate Tom Ridgewell’s talk was captured by Lincoln School of Media. Images are from Senior Lecturer Chris Hainstock and a personal account on Tom’s evening lecture is by Lecturer Martyn Thayne:

TomSka_talk 1_11.12.13_fromCHTom ‘Tomska’ Ridgewell returned to Lincoln (11 Dec) to give a brilliant talk to a packed EMMTEC audience, offering some great advice for LSM alumni, prospective graduates and budding YouTube stars of the future. The talk provided a brief snapshot of Tom’s illustrious career to date, highlighting some of the highs and lows on his journey to world domination.  Tom is officially ranked within the top 200 YouTubers in the world with over 2.4 million subscribers, whilst his videos have gained over a staggering 450,000,000 views. During the talk Tom reflected on his experiences since leaving the University of Lincoln, offering an insight into how to become a successful YouTube video producer: Get yourself a crew | Take advantage | Be rubbish | Take jobs | Do the thing | Don’t panic  Continue reading

Congrats from LSM to MACE: It achieves national accreditation

Hot off the University of Lincoln’s Press Office, from Elizabeth Mitchell:

Visit the Mace websiteStaff and student researchers from the University of Lincoln now benefit from access to the UK’s first accredited film archive, after the Media Archive for Central England (MACE) was recognised for its outstanding service.  The Archive Service Accreditation is the new quality standard created to celebrate good performance in service and delivery, and MACE has been named among the first six organisations in the country to receive the quality mark.  The screen archive for the East and West Midlands is housed in the University of Lincoln’s School of Media, and it is the only resource of its kind to receive the award from the UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee, which represents the archives sector nationally.

Midlands on Film DVD CollectionEarlier this year, MACE collaborated with experts from Lincoln School of Media to create a unique series of documentaries, entitled ‘Midlands on Film’. The DVDs celebrated the on-screen heritage of the region. Sarah Barrow, Head of the Lincoln School of Media, said: “We are so pleased to have MACE on our doorstep – the archive offers high quality tangible opportunities to our students, graduates and staff as a base for research and employment. We really look forward to developing that connection at such an exciting time and congratulate the team for achieving this well-deserved recognition of their work.” Continue reading

Update on LSM Students’ Indie Film ‘What Goes Up’

Matthew Gambell and Production Team__What Goes Up filmFinal year LSM students who’re making their first feature film (started at the end of their second year), which is a “rom-com with a sci-fi twist” have an update. The film’s called ‘What Goes Up.’  Its Director and the founder of GSProductions is Matt Gambell:  We’ve been a bit quiet over the past few months due to focusing our time on coursework. I’ve spent the majority of last week building an initial draft edit of the film.  It’s now complete with a screening to a few this evening in EMMTEC.

Matt-Gambell_What-goes-up-posterAs it’s in its initial form, the purpose of the screening is to see the overall flow of the scenes and afterwards discuss what we like / don’t like, what’s missing and what we need to do to make it the best we possibly can so that we can hopefully get picture lock by the end of January. We’ve done some PR for the film this week… we’ve managed to get it on to IMDb and we’ve designed our first official promotional poster.  Soon you’ll see what we’ve achieved on such a small budget / time frame as I’m incredibly proud of everyone involved and the progress we’re making – slow as it may be.  We’ll keep you posted!

LSM freshers’ opportunity: Student Exchange 2014 in USA

From Tom Nicholls, MSUM exchange co-ordinator, to all First Year LSM Students:


MSUM_logoWe have a student exchange with Minnesota State University MOORHEAD (MSUM) and you could be there in the Fall of 2014. 

There are opportunities to study on Moorhead’s Mass. Comm. (MP), Film Studies (FTV) & Music Industry (AP) programmes, plus the chance to spend a semester living in the U.S.A.

Come along to an information meeting to find out more and to talk to LSM students who went on the student exchange last year.  Thursday 21st November at 5.30pm in the Cargill Lecture Theatre (in the Main Academic building).