A mock TV magazine show produced by students and overseen by industry professionals is helping undergraduates get a foot in the door in their chosen career.
Students from the University’s Media and Performing Arts departments joined forces in a studio technical skills masterclass where they had the opportunity to receive specialised one on one training with TV studio professionals.
Third year Film and Television students used the opportunity to learn more about the roles they hope to undertake when they graduate including sound, multi camera direction and gallery production. First and second year TV Production Management students acted as runners, and students from the Performing Arts department were the show’s presenters.
A professional Studio Director, Vision Mixer, Floor Manager, Script Supervisor, Gallery Producer and Camera Operator were on set to give both hands-on tuition and provide advice to students about how best to get into the television industry.
Television Director John Kirby, whose recent live directing credits include Last Night at the Proms and the Royal Wedding, has been working with Edge Hill for the last five years and enjoys giving students the opportunity to ask questions and be encouraged, in an industry standard environment.
“The facilities at Edge Hill are second to none,” said John. “Some of the TV studios I’ve worked in before don’t boast facilities as good as these at the University.”
“I find that the students here really want to learn, and it feels good to give something back to the hope to the future of the TV industry.”
Anabelle Healey, a first year Television Production Management student from Blackburn, played the role of a runner.
“This has been a really good opportunity to take part in a real-life situation,” said Anabelle. “I’ve been able to see exactly what happens on set and I think it will prepare me for my future career goals of becoming either a casting director or a series producer.”
Third year Film and Television Production student Kieran Robson from Heysham also found the experience invaluable.
“I played the role of a script supervisor and was tasked with keeping track of all the timings and adjusting accordingly. I wanted to take part in the masterclass so I could gain valuable experience working with industry professionals and transferable skills which I believe will help boost my employability.
“The state of the art studios at the University replicate real life and I believe this will provide me with an advantage in the future as I’ll have more behind the scenes experience.”
Tom Cain, a first year Drama student from Southport, played the role of a presenter as he already has experience working as an actor in shows and plays, however he wanted to expand his knowledge and learn more about what it’s like to be a presenter.
“The masterclass has taught me that it’s really challenging to be a presenter and be yourself at the same time – concentrating on timings, signals, and talking, all at the same time is tricky,” said Tom.
“The experience has opened my eyes and has helped me think of more options for when I graduate. I’m currently working on an acting CV and showreel, and I can include this masterclass which will hopefully help me gain more professional experience.”
Perelandra Beedles who leads the module and has a broadcasting background of her own, believes this masterclass will offers vital training about how to behave in a studio environment.
“Preparing our undergraduates for a role in television is not just about teaching the finer points of using kit, it’s also about understanding “setiquette”, how to conduct yourself on set,” said Perelandra. “Shadowing the industry professionals will really set them up for a future in television. Hearing how impressed the crew were with them, makes me very hopeful indeed that they have bright futures ahead of them.”