Conference Feedback 23/24 November

Over 80 people attended the event on the Saturday, with around 30 coming to the wine reception and excellent presentation from Lucy of the BBFC on the Friday.

Click on the name for presentations from David Buckingham, Julian McDougall and Helene Galdin-O’Shea, as well as links to Julian’s research site and Adam Ranson’s presentation. Hopefully more coming soon!

Video of DB’s Keynote here and here

Here are a few pictures from the event.


Feedback from the event:

  • Nice atmosphere
  • Good range of activities
  • Good range of topics including both practical activities and research summaries.
  • All three workshops very useful.
  • Like the short sessions and not too early start.
  • Enjoyed meeting like-minded people.
  • Useful workshops. Good chance to share ideas.
  • Good mix of academia and practice.
  • People were really open and clearly here to learn and share.
  • Loved the mix of practice and theoretical workshops.
  • Great to share ideas with other colleagues.
  • Liked being reminded of the joy in my subject.
  • As ever food for thought, head space and a pleasant change not to be tied into an exam board or a key stage. Lots of ideas.
  • Conference was fantastic! And I’ve been to a lot of conferences.

It would be even better if ….(with our responses)

If the presentations were on the MEA blog (we are starting to add them- see above)

Would like paper copies of the presentations (to keep costs down and to be eco-friendly, we will not be doing this)

More workshops at KS1 and KS2 (unfortunately one had to be cancelled at the last minute due to presenter illness; some sessions were potentially relevant to all sectors, as we planned)

Next time, greater use of twitter and #share ideas, comments and connect (there was a twitter hashtag, but in the rush at the start of the day we failed to mention it!- sorry!)

Sessions were organised into key stages (there was an indication in the programme for this, but some were designed to cut across).

Not such an early start (if we started later, we’d have to finish later, which would cause problems for rooming)

More on GCSE please! (as with KS1,2,3 and 5 we will try to ensure a balance at future events!)

Sandwiches rather than beigels! Gluten free food (as the event is priced so low, it is difficult to offer variety in catering or to accommodate all dietary needs. We will ensure more vegetarian options in future, but will continue with the beigels as they are good value for money)

Film the talks and put on the website.(the keynote talk is coming, filmed by an audience member, but it would involve a lot more resourcing and costs to film everything)

Desk-friendly rooms and better wifi (as we get the venue for free, with a split in any profits 50/50 between MEA and BFI, we have to use what’s there! wi-fi varies in the building, but at least is free)

Maybe consider panels (several short papers) to kick off workshops, rather than one speaker. (we would only consider doing this in the NFT3 style sessions which are more presentation than workshop)

More time needed – make it a weekend retreat! (that might be nice, but it could be rather expensive and we fear a lot of people wouldn’t be able to attend)


The shared ideas for lessons from the afternoon session:


– introduce idea of giving life to inanimate objects: rug from Aladdin, Pixar Lamp, Heinz beans ad

– get students to break down the personality of a bouncy ball- how would they shoot it?

– students plan and shoot short film using camera angles and sound to portray character

e.g.s £10 note, box, stapler, aftershave

Car Journey- editing techniques

– film the process of getting in a car and going for a drive

– students edit footage into correct order and add sound and music

Behaviour Management for KS3

– set up a class dojo

Interactive Twitter lesson for A-level classes

– follow @delaneymedia

A level analysis of own production work

– students take  stills from their own work to explain genre, representation, narrative, audience and media language. They then do the same thing for another group’s work and compare the results and reasoning for their choice.

Rom-Com and Jane Austen

choose a romantic comedy to go alongside reading ‘Pride and Prejudice’ as a basis for reader-response

Comic Book News Broadcast

Students read a comic book, adapting the story into a news broadcast.

Computer Games

Bring in a whole load of consoles to look at the history, development, playability, content, interactivity of computer games

Use undergraduates to teach primary school children and teachers the basics of film analysis and production