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

Submissions now open for The Great Northern Creative Expo Audio+Visual Competition 2019

The Great Northern Creative Expo Audio+Visual Competition opens for entries on Monday February 11th 2019.

The Great Northern Creative Expo in association with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has announced it is now open for submissions for its sixth edition, taking place in the City of Preston, from 18th to 23rd November 2019. 

The Great Northern Creative Expo has evolved from a commitment to promote and showcase the creative talent that has been developed at the University of Central Lancashire and to introduce to the world, the fantastic students and professionals working here. The Expo will now open its doors to the wider creative community with a range of competitions to showcase material from both the student and professional levels.

It is the continuing commitment of The Great Northern Creative Expo to connect young and emerging creative talents within the industry and support their development. Since its inception in 2015, The Great Northern Creative Expo has continued to exhibit over one hundred short films, photography exhibitions and music performances.

The Great Northern Creative Expo celebrates the diversity of the creative industries and its Audio+Visual Competition aims to showcase the talents of student and professional creatives with seven categories being held as part of this year’s event. 

The Great Northern Creative Expo Audio+Visual Competition invites creatives to submit to one of its seven categories; Animation, Documentary/Non-Fiction, Fiction – Comedy, Fiction – Drama/Other, Music Video, Photography and Songwriting. The Photography and Songwriting categories are presented as ‘Student Only’ competitions with only creative entrants under the age of eighteen from the United Kingdom being eligible. The Animation, Documentary/Non-Fiction, Fiction – Comedy, Fiction – Drama and Music Video categories accept submissions from professional creatives as well as presenting their own ‘Student Only’ competitions. There is an upper run-time limit of 30 minutes in all categories.

We are proud to partner exclusively with FilmFreeway for submissions to The Great Northern Creative Expo Audio+Visual Competition 2019. For full Submission Guidelines and to Enter, visit, https://filmfreeway.com/thegreatnortherncreativeexpo

For additional support and to review the Competition FAQ’s and Submission Guidelines, visit, https://thegreatnortherncreativeexpo.co.uk/2019-competition/

For more information on The Great Northern Creative Expo, visit, www.thegreatnortherncreativeexpo.co.uk or email: tgncexpo@gmail.com.


The Great Northern Creative Expo Announces 2019 Dates

The Sixth Edition of TGNCE 18th – 23rd November 2019!

The Great Northern Creative Expo in association with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) today confirms the dates for the Expo’s sixth edition which will take place at venues across the university’s Preston campus, including the state-of-the-art Media Factory facility, from 18th-23rd November 2019.

Alan Keegan, Director of Business Development – UK Partnerships for the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries at UCLan, and the founder of The Great Northern Creative Expo will return as Festival Director for this sixth edition.

“I’m very excited that once again we are offering both the general public and the student base the opportunity to engage and be part of a unique event that has got bigger and better each year.” says Alan Keegan, “Over the years we have keynote guests such as author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, James Bond director John Glen, internationally acclaimed artist and photographer Ian Beesley, actor George Costigan, along with the General Manager of BBC North Adrian Mills and Stanley Kubrick’s producer Jan Harlan. The Expo will continue on in the spirit of its original founding principal of delivering the best events across the creative industries.”

Last November, The Great Northern Creative Expo presented over ten short and feature film premieres from both established and emerging talents. A new programme of almost 15 workshops and industry masterclasses proved popular across both UCLan’s student base and from attendees from farther afield. Highlights included a working masterclass from Stanley Kubrick’s producer, Jan Harlan; a feature screening of the independent motion picture Bliss! with director Rita Osei; and a guest lecture from the General Manager of BBC North, Adrian Mills.

Risa Jaroslow at The Great Northern Creative Expo 2018 (#TGNCE18)

In addition, the 2018 edition of the Expo also welcomed the local, national and international talents of Afrodeutsche, Jamie Badminton, Andrew David Barker, Steve Barker, Matthew Bennett, Paul Birchall, Abbie Bradshaw, David Bunting, Andy Chapman, Salma Chaudhry, Kezia Davis, Stuart Felton, Kieran Fletcher, FMA+12 Gage, Jing Fu, Flora Gillet, the Global Sound Movement, Candy Guard, Dominic Hodge, David Hothersall, Tristan Hunt, Risa Jaroslow, Johnny Jay, Chris Leslie, Gerry Linford, Karen Livesey, Lorna McCoid, Iakovos Pangopoulos, Patrick Pulsinger, Dr Theresa Saxon, Greg Saxton, Fiona Shields, Hannah Spikings and Mark Strange.

Fiona Shields, Head of Photography at The Guardian, at the Fieldwork Conference at #TGNCE18

Attendances at the Preston Campus for the Expo in 2018 reached above 1500 for the first time in the Expo’s six year history. 

For the first time in 2018, The Great Northern Creative Expo launched Expo Extra, creating satellite events running outside of the Expo’s traditional one-week format. The first Expo Extra events included a filmmaking masterclass from Lancaster-based production company, Intense Productions, who released horror-thriller RedCon-1 into British cinemas in September; and an Audience with broadcaster Chris Packham. Both events, held on the university’s Preston campus, were sold out and were warmly received by audiences.

(Left to right) Host Bill McCoid, with Iakovos Panagopoulos, Andy Chapman, Lorna McCoid and Matthew Bennett at the Three Northern Premieres event. 


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
WINNER:
Sue De Gruyther and Christine Tuson

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

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

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Photography
WINNER:
Nicola Lewis-Dixon

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

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

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

Outstanding Contribution to BA Screenwriting – Short Film
WINNER:
Hannah Arthur

Outstanding Contribution to MA Screenwriting – Short Film
WINNER:
Kezia Davis

Best Script BA Screenwriting – Short Film
WINNER:
Kelsey Cromwell

Confucius Institute Special Recognition Award
WINNER: The Global Sound Movement

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

The Arriva Rail Northern Creative Expo Lifetime Achievement Award 2018
WINNER:
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.

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

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.”

The 2018 Programme

The Great Northern Creative Expo returns for it’s 2018 edition with a progressive and inclusive celebration of Northern creativity. We are once again proud to present a wide variety of talents from The University of Central Lancashire and beyond from every corner of the Creative Industries including Film, Photography, Performance, Music, Media and Journalism. The Expo’s wide array of events, conferences and screenings will take place over the six days at venues across Preston, including UCLan’s state of the art Media Factory.

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The Great Northern Creative Expo continues to attract some of the country’s leading creative talents and continues in it’s founding commitment to offer student, staff and guests this unique opportunity to share in their common passion to present their work to an audience and gain invaluable insight into their chosen careers from industry professionals at the pinnacle of their careers. 

This fifth edition of the Expo promises to be it’s most diverse in its breadth of programmed events and is again able to offer this fantastic opportunity through the generosity of The University of Central Lancashire and our other Expo Partners.

New Year, New Name!

The great northern creative experience is back again for 2018 under a brand new name, The Great Northern Creative Expo!

The Great Northern Creative Expo will run from Monday 12th-Saturday 17th November. The Expo’s wide array of events, conferences and screenings will take place over the six days at venues across Preston, including UCLan’s state of the art Media Factory.

The Great Northern Creative Expo has evolved from a commitment to promote and showcase the creative talent that has been developed at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and to also introduce to the world, the fantastic students and professionals that we have working at the University, whilst opening our doors to the city, to the North and the world beyond.

Once again, the expo will introduce a variety of talent which will include film, photography, media and journalism with performances, workshops, masterclasses, music, monologues, networking, animation and inspiration to one and all.

The expo has attracted some of the leading creative talent (nationally and internationally) and we are pleased to offer students, academics and the general public the opportunity to share a stimulating experience of creative talent which can be viewed, evaluated and enjoyed by everyone!

The programme of events is yet to be announced but the Expo will conclude with the Arriva Rail Festival Awards.

Brian Klein hits Top Gear at Great Northern Creative Festival

Ex-Top Gear director Brian Klein takes us on a Grand Tour of his career highlights at this year’s Great Northern Creative Festival, and tells us why he feels the new Top Gear is failing.

Brian Klein is one of the UK’s most sought after television directors.  With almost 30 years’ worth of experience in the business.  He has a number of impressive directing credits on his CV.  He also boasts a number of famous friends and collaborators:

“I can’t tell you what Freddie Flintoff puts in our WhatsApp group chat” Brian exclaims, whilst recalling his time directing the A League of Their Own USA road trip.  “You’ve got him, Jamie Redknapp, Jack Whitehall and James Cordon.  It’s my favourite few weeks of the year.  You go out for dinner with them every night and you’re spending company with these guys who become your friends.  It’s a real privilege of the job”.

As well as the League of Their Own lads, Brian has also developed a strong bond over the years with Top Gear’s most prominent presenting trio. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.  He worked with the trio between 2002 and 2015 on the show whilst he was director.  Brian has a particularly good relationship with Clarkson, who he first worked with back in the mid-90’s, and was heavily involved in the early stages of developing Top Gear:

“Jeremy came up with the idea and it was called ‘Carmageddon’, and I remember having lunch with him in 2001 and him saying I’ve got this new show and I want you to direct it. When I asked what it was he said “Well we’re going to have a racing driver called ‘The Gimp’, and he’s going to be in black leather in a cage and we’ll throw meat at him when we want him to drive”

Brian went on to explain that the Gimp name had to be dropped, as the BBC feared that they may be sued by Quentin Tarantino, who had a character of the same name in his hit film Pulp Fiction.  One slight name change later, The Stig was born.

He also was not surprised by Top Gear’s decline following the departures of Clarkson, Hammond and May:

“I think it’s a bit like Friends, I said to the executives at the BBC, which was probably as big as Top Gear.  Imagine if they all leave.  Then Friends comes back: same theme tune and the same layout, but with different actors.  Meanwhile the original cast goes off to make the same programme but with a different name.  What are the public going to watch?  Whoever took over Top Gear, you couldn’t make it a success”

Brian still works with Clarkson, May and Hammond today, on The Grand Tour where he is studio director.  The second series of the Amazon Prime exclusive show becomes available to watch from the 8th of December.

Words by Daniel James Morris