Good News is our series of testimonials from ex-Media and Film students, praising some of the things they’ve achieved in the creative industries and beyond. Becca Todd has certainly taken her AS Level in Media Studies from Burnham Grammar School in Buckinghamshire beyond the areas of work you might expect – She’s moved out to New Zealand and started up her own women’s football coaching company, Futbolistas.
Futbolistas was started in 2008 to provide football coaching specifically for girls, to give them more ‘time on the ball’ than they get in mixed sex matches. Becca has run courses in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and even Ghana, as well as being a concierge for the Colombian football team at the 2012 London Olympics. Becca is also a former ambassador for the FA, appearing on their Football Futures liaison committee in 2011.
Following completing her AS Level in Media, Becca secured a place at Exeter University, Graduating in Exercise and Sports Science. She was frequently commended for her efforts as a Volunteer and Manager in sports societies, so much so that she was shortlisted to be a torch bearer from the 2012 Olympics! Becca is a fantastic example of how the skills acquired in Media Studies can translate into achievements far outside the creative world and into the national and international community.
Tim Clague(Eight) and Danny Stack(Thunderbirds Are Go!, Octonauts) have co-written and are co-directing a live action kids film, with kids in the lead roles. As Tim says, “we feel there is a real gap in the market, as most children’s films are either animated or about adult characters.” The project is an 100% local venture, being filmed and produced with a cast and crew all within the Dorset area. The project has received the support of Nigel Cole (Made in Dagenham, Calendar Girls), Discover Dorset, The Children’s Media Foundation and BFI.
Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? is filming this summer, and Tim and Danny are looking for people to get involved. If you think you have something to offer this project, get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org or through Facebook or @NelsonNutmeg. Tim and Danny have also set up a Kickstarter page to fund the production costs of the movie; They’ve raised a whopping £14,000 so far, but are looking to increase this to extend their Special Effects budget to dramatically improve the film’s quality! Any pledge you make translates into a reward, from a thank you video, to parts as an extra, or even a co-producer credit!
Let friends and family know about Nelson Nutmeg and how they can get involved in such an innovative project. The movie is scheduled for release next May via iTunes and Netflix.
Today we continue ‘Good News’, our series of testimonials from former GCSE and ‘A’ Level Media and Film studies students, telling us about some of the fantastic things they have achieved in the creative industries and beyond.
Our latest edition comes in the form of a letter we received from Paul Cooke, who studied A Level Media studies atShrewsbury Sixth Form College, and in the following decade has established a career as an Assistant Producer and Researcher.
Paul on set in Narrabri, Australia, working for the Discovery Science Channel
“I could write about how vital the study of the media is in allowing us to interpret and deconstruct contemporary society, giving us a lens with which to view the human condition in the 21st century. But that much is plainly obvious. Instead, I will take a more personal line.
Media Studies changed my life.
I studied A-Level Media Studies at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College from 2003-04, gaining a grade A and sparking my love of filmmaking.
Ten years, a physics degree, a masters degree, many films and millions of viewers later – I am still enamoured with filmmaking. I work as an Assistant Producer and Edit Producer, mostly in factual TV. I have worked on series such as BBC Horizon and shows for international networks such as Discovery, National Geographic and History, and have had short films screened at festivals here in the UK.
The fact that I have found a career I love, and that every day I am thankful that my work is my passion, is down to my experience making student films for my A-Level Media Studies course – my realisation that this was what I wanted to do and what I could do. Without that A-level course I would not be doing the job I do today – part of an industry where the UK is still very much a world-player.”
As part of the European Commission (DAPHNE) funded project – eEngagement Against Violence, the Department of Politics and International Relations in the University of Leicester is holding a free one-day conference on the populist narratives online and the likely impacts on young people. Speakers includes political scientists, criminologists, sociologists and a number of speakers with practical experience of populist narratives among young people.
Further details and a programme are available here. Attendance is free but places are limited, so please register in advance.