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Welcome to the Department of Media’s Festival in a Day!

#PodSquad Wednesday March 20th 2019

Creative Edge from 10.00am

From picking up new skills, enhancing your existing skillset or focusing on future career or international study, Festival In A Day has got an activity for you. Choose your Pod  (no booking required) and plug into the suite of activities curated exclusively for all Media Students. Don’t forget to check the Media departments Twitter feed for all the #PodSquad news and updates leading up to the day.

Morning Workshops

The Digital Pod delivered by The Extraordinary Club Room CE120 Advertising Studio

Digital SkillsThis programme forms part of a Europe-wide initiative led by technology giant Facebook. Grab your chance to attend a Digital Skills Training session where you learn everything from building a successful social media brand, to creating your own prototype. A great opportunity to fine tune your digital skills and at the end you’ll receive a Facebook Digital Skills Certificate – a perfect addition to your CV. There’s 3 sessions to choose from, so what are you waiting for?

10.00  Innovation – Design Thinking & Building Prototypes-how to make your own App

11.00 Web Presence – SEO, UX & Analytics-How to create your own personal website

12.00 Social Media – Marketing Campaigns & Audience Insights-Understand how to market yourself on the worldwide web

The Production Pod Room CE222

10.00  Live Studio Masterclass – How to work with presenters featuring Hacker T Dog and CBBC Presenter Katie Thistleton (CE222)

Hacker T Dog and CBBC Presenter Katie Thistleton

This session run by BBC Floor Manager Sarah Wilkens, assisted by two very familiar faces from the world of Children’s TV will cover all aspects of how to deal with onscreen talent during live studio output. From understanding “setiquette”, working with presenters wearing earpieces to the challenges of puppetry.

Location – Broadcast Studio

11.00 Liverpool Audio Network Workshop (CE222)

Liverpool Audio NetworkWelcome to the Music Industry Surgery, a platform for YOU to gain free and vital advice in the world of the Music Business. The Music Industry Surgery is an informal opportunity for Creatives, Entrepreneurs and people pursuing a career in the Music Industry to gain free advice and guidance in their ventures.

12.00 Casting techniques for independent Film Room (CE222)

Michelle BillingtonLiverpool Film Producer Michelle Billington. Michelle is an experienced Line producer whose credits include the directorial debut feature from David Morrissey, Don’t Worry About Me.  She is also founder of Foot in The Door productions a Liverpool not for profit Film Production company.

Michelle will talk about how she is helping create a film industry in Merseyside and also offer tips on how to get established stars to act in your productions.

The Employability Pod CE003

11.00 BBC CV Writing Workshop-Children’s BBC talent team (CE003)

BBC Childrens CV workshopPick up tips and techniques from the BBC Children’s Talent team.

Create a resume that opens doors to those all-important entry level roles.

12.00 Bid writing skills masterclass delivered by Soundcity (CE003)

SoundcityLearn more about the dark arts of bid writing with Sound City, the UK’s leading independent festival and conference for new music.

Bid writers are becoming increasingly important in the arts sector and this is a role which is ideal for those of you with strong academic writing skills, good attention to detail and a flair for ideas.

Drop in sessions

10.00 Work Placements Support surgery with Emma and Alex from the E3i team. Find out what Edge Hill can do to support your work-related learning.  (CE229)

11.00 International Office Study Abroad Q & A. Interested in studying abroad at one of the many wonderful institutions we are partner with around the world? Find out how (CE229)

Careers Team  Help and advice on all aspects of careers will be available in foyer. From workshops to individual sessions they are here to help.

The Big One – The Afternoon Sessions Creative Edge Lecture Theatre

13.00 Screenings

Bring your popcorn and enjoy some highlights from student film and television productions.

13.40 Opening – Media HoD Mathew Pateman

13.50 Keynote Speaker One – Helen Littleboy – How to make ground breaking documentaries

Helen LittleboyHelen Littleboy is a British film producer and director, specialising in documentary productions for British television. Helen was executive producer for the Grierson award nominated BBC series Hospital (2017) also for the award-winning comedy fixed rig series The Hotel (Channel 4, 2015).

As a producer and director she has developed, produced and directed more than 50 hours of television including the ground-breaking series about the English, White Tribe described by Channel 4 as “remit-defining” and included in a BFI DVD collection distributed to every school in the UK.

14.30 Speaker Two – Cerys Kaiser – The Drone Lass

Cerys KaiserCerys is a Shooting PD, Camera Operator, Film Maker and one of the very few professional female drone pilots working in the media industry. Holder of a CAA PFCO licence for 7kg Drones, recent credits include:  The Real House Wives of Cheshire, BBC Songs of Praise, Trust me I am a Doctor, Wimbledon and a series of successful Olympics videos for Get Inspired, the BBC’s sports participation project. Cerys is also part of the BAFTA crew a participation programme providing training and support to regional based crew.

15.15  Break

15.45 Speaker Three –  Ewan Vinnicombe Here is one I made earlier!

Ewan Vinnicombe Ewan Vinnicombe is editor of Blue Peter. A lifelong fan of the show – and a proud recipient of one of its sought-after badges when he was just six years’ old. He started with the BBC aged 21 as a “tea boy for the Chuckle Brothers,” before moving on to entertainment development. He later became head of presentation, producing shows such as ‘CBeebies Bedtime Stories’ and the live links between programmes featuring children’s favourite Hacker T Dog.

16.30 Alumni session – They did it and so can you. Tips from recent graduates about how to break into the media industry


Matt Owen BBC Sport
Matt graduated from Television Production Management in 2014. Since then he has worked as a Production Management assistant at the BBC predominately in Live TV Sport in Studios and at Outside Broadcasts.

Callum Jackson BBC Creative
Callum graduated in 2015 quickly gaining a production runner role at Fox Searchlight Pictures. He then worked as a production runner at Sony where he began to train as an editor. Since then he has worked at The Imaginati Studios, The Mill and is now a Junior editor for BBC Creative.

Ross Eaton BBC Sport
Ross graduated from Television Production management in 2016. Early roles included working as a runner at Sunset and Vine and Blast before joining the BBC as a Production management assistant. Passionate about sports his recent history involves working in Australia for the Commonwealth Games, France, Wales and Scotland for Rugby Union 6 Nations as well as working on Golf events such as The Open in Scotland and Ryder Cup in France.

17.15 Raffle – Closing of FIAD (Associate Head Phil Jackson)

17.45  Buffet & Network Disco