On Friday 13th December Brooksby Melton College Media students were visited by a team of top industry professionals. Following being successfully shortlisted in the ‘Enter the Pitch’ Competition, Film producer Jackie Sheppard and Composer Martin Kiszco, as well as ‘Enter the Pitch’ project director Luke Walton, came to BMC to give the Film and Video students valuable insight into the TV and Film industry.
BMC’s relationship with the ‘Enter the Pitch’ project began earlier in the year, when the college’s Film & Video students entered the competition. ‘Enter the Pitch’ gives film makers the opportunity to pitch their short film idea and win a budget of £25,000, for production support and advice. Three of BMC’s students, Lewis Martin, Harrison Conner and Jordan Muzio were all lucky enough to be shortlisted to the final 40. Jackie and Martin, members of the judging panel for the competition, then came to the college to run a day of presentations and interactive sessions with the students.
Martin Kiszko is a seasoned composer for TV and film with over 200 credits under his belt. Among these are the natural history series Land of the Eagle and Realms of the Russian Bear, in which he pioneered the recording of music samples on film locations. His work can also be recognised across a number of TV stations, and includes the ‘BBC Newsround’ theme tune and ‘Wildlife on Two to’ name a few.
Jackie Sheppard is one of two managing directors and producers for Footprint Films Limited, a company devoted to developing and producing films for a broad mainstream audience. Through a mixture of dramatic adaptations of real-life and dramatic fiction, they aim to inspire audiences of all ages, beliefs and backgrounds to question what it is that shapes the world around us. At the company’s core, is a passion for producing gripping stories that challenge the attitudes and beliefs of their audiences.
Both judges brought with them a wealth of knowledge and real life industry experience, which they shared with the students. Focusing on their own areas of expertise, Martin and Jackie gave a series of interesting and revealing presentations about the art of film making, as well as giving students the opportunity to gain valuable advice on their own film pitches.
BMC’s success in this competition continues a year of great success for Film and Video students, following on from former BSc (Hons) Digital Film Technology student Dumitru Langham’s short film ‘Wings of a Swan’ being shown at the International Film Festival in Cannes, and Fern Abbott – also a past degree level student – winning the national Chevrolet film making competition. This recent success shows the continued hard work and high standard of BMC Film and Video students- something that is set to continue with the introduction of brand new film and video suites included in the Big BMC Transformation.
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