TV Students bring Arts and Sports to the Nation

Undergraduates and postgraduates create two series for a Sky TV channel

The creative skills of a group of University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) students are being seen on a national scale.

Undergraduate and postgraduate TV production students are producing two series focussing on the arts and sports which are now airing on two Sky TV channels.

Beyond: Arts, currently on air at 8.00pm on Thursdays, and Beyond: Sports, which is transmitted at 10.00pm on Sundays, have been planned, shot and edited by the small team.

The TV production students out on film shoots.

Series producer Samuel Liles, an MA television production student, said: “We have created 20 programmes, which are 30-minutes long, to showcase a range of stories and features relating to sports and arts.

“We have been working non-stop since September on this project with a tiny crew but a lot of passion for the shows. Some of the students on the MA had never even used a TV camera before and are now producing professional quality content that is being broadcast on Showcase TV and FrontRunner TV.”

The shows have been created as part of their University studies and they are being produced from the facilities on the Preston Campus.

Samuel, who last year was part of a team which created a TV series on Mixed Martial Arts, commented: “Last year’s project was a steep learning curve but it was a fantastic opportunity and one which I learned a lot from. To be able to draw on that experience to deliver two series covering different subject matters is something I’m really excited about.

“Most students can only dream of getting one opportunity to have their work broadcast to a national audience but to have another chance is amazing.”

Adam Robson, TV production course leader, added: “We are the only University in the UK that is making real regular content for the Sky platform. The value to students is phenomenal: gaining broadcast credits as they learn, being part of a legitimate production crew, travelling the UK meeting contributors and dealing with TV stations directly. We truly are one-of-a-kind and the feedback from viewers has been mind-blowing.”

The shows are running until the end of March. Showcase TV is available to access on Sky channel 192 while FrontRunner TV is available to access on Sky channel 431 and Freesat 250.

Words by Rachel Atkinson

TGNCE – 2018 Award Winners

The Great Northern Creative Expo attracts some of the countries leading talents and we invite you to enjoy the opportunity to share time and space with other Photographers, Filmmakers, Performers, Journalists, Writers and Creators. Various prizes are handed out on the evening including TGNCE Outstanding Award 2018 and TGNCE Lifetime Achievement Award 2018. All are welcome to attend the evening, which is a true celebration of the talents we have here in the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries at UCLan.

The Great Northern Creative Expo 2018 Award Winners

The Elizabeth Burns Prize for Scriptwriting
Presented to Richard Albiston by Bill McCoid & Steve Lawson

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Scriptwriting
Sue De Gruyther and Christine Tuson

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in TV Production
Dean Flynn
Nominees: Ryan Mallows & Chloe Francom

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Animation
Mario Kkounnous
Nominees: Jaz Sperring & Michael Tharme

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Photography
Nicola Lewis-Dixon

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Games Design
Jakob MacDonald
Nominees: Peter Dimitrov and James Moorby

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Dance
Sophie Leigh Barrow
Nominees: Hazel Loftus and Carmen Robins

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Acting
Joshua Besso
Nominees: Tattiana Haslam and Amy Hurst

Outstanding Contribution to BA Screenwriting – Short Film
Hannah Arthur

Outstanding Contribution to MA Screenwriting – Short Film
Kezia Davis

Best Script BA Screenwriting – Short Film
Kelsey Cromwell

Confucius Institute Special Recognition Award
WINNER: The Global Sound Movement

The Arriva Rail Northern Creative Expo Outstanding Achievement Award 2018
Matt Steele

The Arriva Rail Northern Creative Expo Lifetime Achievement Award 2018
Alexander Callaghan

The Awards for; Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Music, Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Film Production, Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Media Production and Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Continuing Drama, were not awarded in 2018.

Present and Future of Electronic Music event was a treat for the ears

Specialist music conference attracted international experts, performers and fans

Electronic music fans have been treated to a one-day spectacular, thanks to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

808 State’s Graham Massey, who is a UCLan Honorary Fellow, influential Vienna based producer and composer Patrick Pulsinger and the BBC’s Steve Barker were among the industry experts who took part in the ‘Present and Future of Electronic Music’ conference.

They were joined in Preston by an international cast of circa 30 experts, including people from the music industry and academics, who presented research and explored this genre of music.

The event, organised by UCLan’s Professor Ewa Mazierska, Dr Les Gillon and Tony Rigg, was part of the Great Northern Creative Expo.

Tony, who has previously occupied roles such as Operations Director for Ministry of Sound, said: “The feedback from the conference has been great. The audience members came away feeling like they’d got a deeper understanding of what electronic music is, what it does, how it is made, how it is consumed and what its future might be.”

Accomplished musician Paul Birchall performed his latest work entitled ‘Conversing with the Minimoog 3074,’ a series of compositions inspired by and drawing heavily on Moog’s iconic Model D synthesizer.

Paul, an artist in his own right, has worked with many other distinguished practitioners including Marshall Jefferson, Jim Diamond, Candi Statton, K Klass, Snake Davis, Graeme Park, DJ Sneak, Martin Fry, Felix Da Housecat, M People and Heather Small.

The album is due for official release early next year on the Gradgrind Music Label, a new enterprise set up by UCLan.

On hearing Paul play, Graham Massey said: “It was great to hear a skilled player on the Mini Moog, Paul obviously has a deep relationship with the instrument that started the synth revolution 50 years ago. Like watching James Bond throwing an Aston Martin around, it was classical. I also liked the films that threw light on Paul’s personal love affair with the Mini.”

Following Paul’s performance attendees brought instruments and original music to join DJ/ Producer Johnny Jay for the MixrUPt Open Mic Mixtape Jam.

Bill McCoid talks Kubrick, Spielberg and more with Jan Harlan

Stanley Kubrick’s executive producer Jan Harlan to shared stories from his 50-year career.

Veteran film producer Jan Harlan made his first ever visit to the North West to speak at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) as part of this year’s edition of The Great Northern Creative Expo.

The 81-year-old, who worked with Stanley Kubrick on most of his films, spoke in an ‘Audience with’ style event hosted by UCLan scriptwriting lecturer Bill McCoid. The event took place in UCLan’s Media Factory Creative Innovation Zone to a packed house.

Harlan discussed his career at length, which has spanned almost fifty years and shared many of his life experiences. He was Kubrick’s executive producer for Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut and was an assistant to the producer for A Clockwork Orange. In addition, Harlan has also worked as an executive producer for Steven Spielberg on the 2001 film AI: Artificial Intelligence.

Jan Harlan’s visit is part of UCLan’s The Great Northern Creative Expo, which aims to showcase creative talent in media, film, photography, journalism and performance at the University.  The event began as a platform to promote top quality student work and now attracts well-known national and international names, allowing the local community, students and staff to come together and enjoy a wide variety of events.

Risa Jaroslow and UCLan dancers deliver unique performance

An internationally renowned choreographer has worked with local dancers to deliver a unique performance to celebrate a milestone in the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) history.

Risa Jaroslow has worked alongside five third year BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching students to create Project 190.

The dance theatre performance, which celebrated 190 years of the Institution’s history and the community surrounding the University, featured students, staff, alumni and members of local dance/arts organisations. It was debuted to a full house at UCLan’s Media Factory.

The American, who has been involved in the dance industry for nearly 45 years, has worked with the students while also coaching and mentoring the volunteer performers.

Risa said: “Everyone involved in this project has been great to work with.  The third-year students in the dance performance and teaching department were helpful co-facilitators, they were full of good ideas that they brought to every rehearsal. They were eager, open and they were attentive and supportive to the project participants, who were brand new to dance and performance, which I very much appreciated.  

“The faculty and staff of the department were wonderfully supportive, and all the project participants worked hard and with generosity to each other and to the work we made together.”

As well as running her own company, Risa Jaroslow & Dancers, she has taught dance, performance and choreographer at institutions across the United States and Europe, while working with diverse communities on New York arts programmes.

“The faculty and staff of the department were wonderfully supportive, and all the project participants worked hard and with generosity to each other and to the work we made together.”

Adriene Turner was one of the undergraduates who took part in weekly planning meetings with Risa and delivered her ideas and exercises. The project was part of a module for students to work alongside professional dance artists to see how they balance the demands of creative, artistic pursuit and facilitation.

The 21-year-old, from Birmingham, said: “Being able to witness people from a variety of ages and dance experience interact with one another, support each other through the creative process and construct unique and personal movement phrases for the final performance was inspiring to see. Also seeing the confidence level of the performers who had not done previous dance training grow more and more each week was wonderful. 

She added: “Working with Risa has been such an enriching learning experience. As a facilitator she has been really encouraging towards me. She has made me feel I have a better understanding that as a facilitator there are multiple strategies throughout the process that I can enlist to bring the most out of the performers to make the dance the best it can be.”

The special evening also saw the launch of three in-house dance companies; Aboutime Dance Company, Preston Youth Dance Companies and Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance.

Ruth Spencer, Co-Course Leader BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching, added: “It’s been really inspiring as Risa has come with a whole new international perspective. She’s worked across different contexts and has so much wisdom to pass on. She’s been amazing.”

Adrian Mills of BBC North wows at TGNCE18

BBC North General Manager Adrian Mills joined audiences at UCLan for a guest lecture as part of The Great Northern Creative Expo 2018.

Adrian Mills – General Manager of BBC North

Adrian discussed the responsibilities his job holds at the BBC and answered questions from the audience, giving students and attendees guidance on how the industry works and the best routes to get yourselves noticed!

About Adrian Mills

Adrian is responsible for the day-to-day management of BBC North at MediaCityUK –the BBC’s largest creative digital hub outside of London, with over 3,000 staff working in television, radio, online and mobile. BBC North is home to some of the BBC’s biggest brands, including Sport, Children’s, Learning, Radio 5 live, BBC Breakfast, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and the BBC iPlayer. Adrian is a member of the senior leadership team which ensures that the audience, creative, financial and operational benefits of BBC North are delivered. Adrian began his career at the BBC, directing and producing children’s and schools programming, including The Really Wild Show, Record Breakers and Play School.

In 1991 he relocated to Toronto, Canada as Head of Children’s & Education for TVOntario. He subsequently became Head of Children’s, Youth and Daytime for CBC Television, Managing Director of CBC’s online service and Executive Director of Programming for CBC Radio. Adrian returned to London in 2004 and became Chief Executive of LGT, a new media production company contracted by the UK Department for Education to create interactive teaching and learning resources for gifted children. Adrian returned to the BBC in 2009 as Chief Adviser, BBC Children’s & Learning, responsible for strategy, education policy and governance.

He moved to the North West in 2011 and became DeputyChief Operating Officer and Chief Adviser to the founding Director of BBC North. He became General Manager, BBC North in 2014.Adrian has led and participated in a wide range of large scale change projects in Canada and the UK. He likes to keep in touch with his creative roots, and is Executive Producer of the new series of Teletubbiesfor CBeebies. Adrian has Bachelor’s and Master’s degreesin education and child psychology. He is a voting member of BAFTA, an International Emmy Award winner, Chair of the World Summit on Media for Children Foundation, and a governor of The Manchester College.He holds dual British and Canadian citizenship

Three Northern Premieres launch at TGNCE18

Three brand new short films premiered at The Great Northern Creative Expo on the evening of the 12th November.

A Still Sunrise, The Breach and The Art Collector were warmly received by a full house on the opening night of UCLan’s leading creative event.

The Art Collector, written and directed by Lorna McCoid, on the big screen

The film screenings were followed by an interesting Q&A session, hosted by UCLan’s own Bill McCoid. Taking part were Iakovos Panagopoulos, director of A Still Sunrise who had flown in from his home in Greece to attend the event, along with the screenwriter Andy Chapman; Matthew Bennett, writer of The Breach, and Lorna McCoid writer & director of The Art Collector.

Matthew Bennett had performed earlier in the day as one half of the rap duo FMA + 12 Gage, and officially opened The Great Northern Creative Expo 2018.

A Still Sunrise Poster

A Still Sunrise (written by Andy Chapman)
Synopsis: Locked into an abusive marriage, Janice is still struggling to come to terms with the loss of her son. Unable to leave her home and suffering daily abuse from her husband, Ben. Janice dreams of escaping her homemade nightmare. But when the dead walk the earth, nowhere is truly safe. With sanity beginning to crack, it’s only a matter of time before someone opens the door to a past long buried. 

The Breach Title Card

The Breach (written by Matthew Bennett)
Synopsis: ‘The second film from the team behind the award winning short film – Patient 13’, An unsuspecting woman receives a silent and creeping visitor…

The Art Collector Poster

The Art Collector (written and directed by Lorna McCoid)

Synopsis: The Art Collector owns an artwork that is priceless. It can’t be touched. It is the pride of his collection. Oslo, an artificial intelligence, is fascinated by it, after all he wants to feel human.

Local act, FMA + 12 Gage, launches Creative Expo at UCLan

Local music duo FMA + 12 GAGE  were VIP guest stars when they opened The Great Northern Creative Expo at UCLan earlier today.

Father and son Matthew Bennett and son Callum were delighted to be invited to be the launching act for the event which showcases the work of UCLan graduates. Matthew said: “It went really well, We did the gig on the fourth floor of The Media Factory. It was an honour to be chosen to do that.”

For UCLan graduate Matthew the day was especially important because it also saw the screening of his second film entitled “The Breach”, which he is hoping will repeat the success of his first award winning film “Patient 13”.

The creative Preston duo have had a busy year. Matthew, who was diagnosed as autistic just a few years ago, is proud they will be performing at the “Autism’s Got Talent” roadshow in New Brighton on November 23.

This autumn the duo also launched its debut album entitled “Parental Advisory.” Matthew said: “People have been telling us that they are blown away by our album … it’s such a good feeling when people are passionate about something we’ve spent so long working on.”

Words by Fiona Finch

Springwatch’s Chris Packham attracts crowds at UCLan

One of the country’s leading wildlife broadcasters has shared his life story with students, staff and visitors at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Chris Packham, who has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, discussed his lengthy television career during a question and answer session with students and staff while he told an audience of invited business people how people with autism are huge assets to companies.

During the two sessions, held on UCLan’s Preston Campus, the presenter of The Really Wild Show and Springwatch, talked about his favourite animals, his vocation to inform the public about the world’s wildlife and how to tell interesting and different stories.

“When I started out I was very lucky that I had help and the support of a good group of people and that was invaluable.”

Chris, who is also a writer, photographer, conservationist, campaigner and filmmaker, showed clips from his documentary, Asperger’s and Me, and spoke with brutal honesty about how he struggles in social situations and has difficulty with human relationships. He talked about his wish for people to better understand his condition and that of others with neuro differences and most importantly how those differences can be an asset in life.

Speaking after the student session, he said: “When I started out I was very lucky that I had help and the support of a good group of people and that was invaluable. I now feel very strongly that I should give something back and come and speak to the next generation of TV producers, writers and filmmakers because they are the future of the industry – they are the ones with endless ideas, plenty of energy and they don’t follow the rules.”

Jack Dinsley, second year BA (Hons) Journalism student from Kirkham, was among the listening crowd. The 19-year-old said: “I really enjoyed hearing about what he’s achieved during his long career and the hurdles he’s faced to deal with his Asperger’s.”