Associate Professor Academic Leader - Solent Creatives Southampton Solent University
It all started at Glastonbury Festival...
In 2007 and 2008 I was part of the Solent Uni crew at Glastonbury Festival. One of the uni's media technicians was the legendary Dave Poulton. Dave had close links with Glastonbury and had in the previous couple of years managed to get the festival to agree to a team of Solent students filming one of the stages. Dave is retired now but his Glastonbury legacy continues as Solent is still sending student media teams to Glastonbury some ten years after Dave started it all off. Dave is in far left of the picture below sitting on his electric bike that he used for whizzing round the festival site. I am the only one in a white T-shirt!It was a fantastic experience that had a huge influence on us all, both staff and students. We all have great memories of interviewing and filming people like Fat Boy Slim and Mark Ronson.
What was really clear was how much the students got out of working in that environment. Since then, inspired by Dave and those Glastobury days, I have been passing on work experience opportunities myself to students from Solent.
Latest Project - Across The Dark Water
I was approached by the production team at The Point Theatre and asked if I could help make a film version of their new play that was provisionally titled "The Southampton Plot". It sounded like a fantastic project and I got a large student team together to provide film crew and post production. Andy Wilkin came along and made a cool behind the scenes film which you can see here and that explains the project including interviews with the director as well as some of the cast and student crew. The film is called Across The Dark Water and as I write this is due for a first cut screening in St Julien's Chapel in Southampton in a week's time. The locations selected and organised by The Point team were fantastic and all though we worked long hours it was a great experience for us all. The students got a tremendous amount of enjoyment from the work and of course there is no better way to learn your craft. Please have a look at the behind the scenes film and the trailer to get an idea of what a great project this is turning out to be.
A behind the scenes film about the making of Across The Dark Water
Thanks to Louise Morrell who came out and took behind the scenes pictures.
For the past few years I have been working with Butserfest where we take around 50 students to work on the one day alternative music festival that is ran by East Hampshire District Council. The students provide coverage on the main stage via the outside broadcast truck and provide all the staging, lighting and sound on the second stage.
Butserfest was a great opportunity. It enabled me to get great experience and put theory into practice, using cameras and editing software under time constraints.
Takedown is another alternative festival where I arranged some work experience for Media Culture and Production students and huge alternative music fans Ruby Kelly and Michael Traher who worked alongside TV Production graduate Kishen Randhawa
I got the opportunity to work at Takedown after one of my lecturers, Steve Hogg, saw my Wordpress article that I shared on the Facebook group for our course. I had recently written the article about my top bands to watch at the festival. After seeing it, Steve got in contact with me as they were one short on the film crew and asked if I was available on the day. Naturally I said yes as I was eager to get more practical experience.
As I want to go in to working in the alternative music industry when I finish university, it was an interesting way to learn about what goes in to putting on a big festival and all the behind the scenes stuff that goes on before and after. I feel it isn???t something that you can learn from a lesson but something that you have to experience first hand.
Southampton Solent Graduate Fashion Show 2014In 2014 I took a student crew to film the graduate fashion show at The Point Theatre. We live streamed the show and filmed interviews and behind the scenes.
Glade Festval Programme
A cool project was designing the Glade Festival programme. The team designed the programme, sourced all the images, wrote all the copy, had 2,000 of them printed then took it to festival and sold it out!
I am never going to forget the great experience of working in my first printed programme! Glade!"
Making a zombie movieA couple of years ago I made a zombie movie with the students I was teaching. I was really interested in interactive movies where you choose your ending and was looking at how you could do that in YouTube. We got make up students involved and we all went down to the New Forest to shoot it. It was a long old day but it was great fun to do and the make up was brilliant!