Joe Preston

A Film and Television Production graduate has taken the first steps to fulfilling his dream of a career in the industry after landing an internship with Lime Pictures.

Joe Preston (21), from Sheffield, who has earned First Class honours from Edge Hill University, started with the Liverpool-based production company in April.

“The job came about through the year group receiving an email from our tutor, Perelandra Beedles. I applied and lucked out by being invited for an assessment.

“Around 24 hours later I was very fortunate to have been successful, receiving a call with an offer to be a Camera Assistant intern. They have taught me so much about the industry and my role within it and have supported me during the final months of my degree, particularly around meeting coursework deadlines.”

Early experience has proved an eye opener, with 11-hour shifts including a wealth of hands-on industry experience.

“It is a demanding job, physically and mentally. The equipment can be heavy, and the days long, but I have learnt a lot. By the end of this six-month internship, I will be able to apply for camera assistant jobs elsewhere or go freelance.”

A former pupil of Brinsworth Comprehensive (now Brinsworth Academy) in Rotherham, Joe flourished in Art and Film Studies before pursuing the latter interest at Edge Hill. It has proved a natural progression, where he has been able to develop his knowledge and skillset aided by the modern, industry-relevant facilities in Creative Edge on campus in Ormskirk.

“Film and Television Production seemed the best combination between a practical course that involved filmmaking and theory. Coming from a theoretical background has meant that when it came to the practicality of filmmaking there was a lot to learn.

“While I felt uncertain in my ability to catch up with those on my course – who already had practical experience and understanding – I have been able to exploit the facilities to my advantage and learn a great deal.”

Perelandra Beedles, who leads the Independent Television Module which led Joe to this role, believes the unique mixture of practice-based teaching, delivered within a professional TV studio environment, gives students like Joe the edge when applying for entry-level roles.

“Joe has a natural ability as a camera operator and spending time being mentored by the industry professionals we get in, gave him the confidence to apply to Lime. When I saw the apprenticeship, I thought it would be a good fit for him and I am delighted he is already well on his way to having a successful career in TV.”

Joe’s highlights have included developing skills and techniques such as Advanced Post-Production skills, key to inspiring his love for editing and development of technical skills. Experimental final year film module, Creative Self Shooter, also allowed Joe to challenge what he’d learnt, to break rules and experiment with ideas.

“My grandfather passed away suddenly halfway through my degree, so I wanted to create a body of work that would prove to be cathartic and allow me to experiment with the themes of loss. This allowed me to do just that.”

One of those films was screened at the Keswick Film Festival thanks to the influence of Carl Hunter, Senior Lecturer in Media Film and Television and Director of 2019 Bill Nighy-fronted feature Sometimes Always Never.

“I was asked by Carl if he could screen it as the supporting short to his feature. He had also apparently said to one of my tutors that my film was one of the most cinematic pieces of work he had seen at Edge Hill.”

And what advice would be offer students he’s leaving behind, or those who are considering higher education?

“Have fun and use the time to develop your understanding of your subject area. The three years go quickly so use the access to professionals, facilities and resources to your advantage. But, again, have fun!”

Find out more about studying Film and Television Production by visiting the course page.