News Archive January 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all MEA members.

We start the new year still awaiting news of the reforms to A level and GCSE Media and Film Studies. There is no reason to doubt that the subjects will be allowed to continue, but we are still waiting to find out the rules for the creation of new specifications to start in 2017.

Research into audiences for The Hobbit

We have heard from Martin Barker, who would like our help with a survey
which is gathering responses around the world on the films of The Hobbit. The survey can be found at: This is in many senses a re-run but more ambitious update on what they did with The Lord of the Rings a decade ago. Then, they had research teams in 18 countries, recruited in 14 languages, and managed to attract 25,000 responses. This time, they have research teams in 47 countries, are taking responses in 33 languages – and already have over 18,000 responses. The survey is also more ambitious in that they are trying to tackle through this some of the larger questions about the changing status of ‘fantasy’ generally (think Game of Thrones, Hunger Games, etc, etc).

Among the people we want to recruit are both teachers (people who might use The Hobbit either as book or film in the classroom) and young people, so we told Martin we’d try to get some responses from MEA members and their students!

Resource Productions Course News

Evening Film and Creative Writing Course
Ever wanted to write a script or shoot a film?
Then Resource Productions evening course for adults is for you!

Their experienced Script Editor and Film Producer will support you to develop your story ideas, draft a script, create a storyboard and film a scene.

Dates of course:
Monday 12th January – Monday 9th February 2015 (5 week Course) 6:30pm – 8pm

Windsor Firestation

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Arts Awards Adviser Forums

Arts Award is a unique national qualification that helps young people up to the age of 25 develop as artists and arts leaders. The programme helps to develop their creativity, leadership and communication skills.

Resource Productions will be running Buckinghamshire & Berkshire Arts Award Forum for advisers and those delivering the Arts Award based within both areas.

Berkshire Arts Award Forums

Slough – Monday 2nd February, 3:30-5pm

Want more information about Arts Award Adviser Forums?
Contact Oliver via 01753 553 374 or