The department had industry-standard equipment and the lecturers had actually worked in the business so could really mentor you and give you honest opinions about your work.
One minute he’s working on as a runner on TV’s Geordie Shore, the next he’s touring Europe on the hugely popular Coach Trip, then he’s heading to London or Cardiff to research for new documentaries. There’s barely been a quiet moment for Edge Hill graduate Jim Martin since he left campus.
He graduated with BA (Hons) Film and Television Production in 2010 and says the skills he learned on his course have set him up perfectly for his career – and the many challenges it entails.
“I knew a couple of people who had done the degree before me,” he says, “and when I looked into it I could see it was a great practical course. I went for my interview and realised what a cool place the campus was. The department had industry-standard equipment and the lecturers had actually worked in the business so could really mentor you and give you honest opinions about your work. I also liked the fact you could do so many different modules.
“I loved the campus too – it’s self-contained but you can go further afield to Ormskirk, Liverpool and Manchester easily – and I still miss the University’s ducks!”
Jim soon proved his talents during his studies, winning the Paul Cannon Memorial Award and a Royal Television Society student prize for his work. After graduation he took some unpaid work and that also helped get his name known. It was the contacts he made which sparked the interest of Lime Pictures and suddenly he was working on one of the biggest shows of the year, Geordie Shore.
“I can’t believe that was my first ever gig,” says Jim, “and it was a real baptism of fire. I was primarily in charge of data wrangling – transferring the footage from the camera – and because I had learned the technical side as the course was so hands-on at Edge Hill I had the skills. That meant they could give me extra responsibilities, operating the fixed cameras and so on. It was pretty intense for a first job but I was so lucky to get it.”
Jim says he was also taught that a can-do, flexible attitude was vital in his business.
He adds: “You have to be prepared to sleep anywhere, do anything and travel to the other end of the country at a moment’s notice. It can be tough, you need to build up your contacts in the industry and I love it.”