LJMU Screen School students 'due North'

22 February 2011

'Due North' – Liverpool Screen School, Skillset Media Academies and Endemol team up with UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Last week saw the completion of ‘Due North’, a 4 week intensive collaboration between Liverpool Screen School, Skillset Media Academies in the North, and leading UK independent production company Endemol, providing a high level TV and digital training course for people in the early stages of their TV and media careers.

Funded through support from Skillset’s TV Freelance Fund, ‘Due North’ gave successful applicants - including 16 participants in Liverpool - the opportunity to work in small production teams, pitching and then producing content for four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Durham Cathedral and Castle; Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal; Saltaire and Liverpool World Heritage Sites.

The course was run and delivered by production staff from Endemol, with support from mentors and technical staff at Liverpool Screen School and other participating Skillset Academies (Bradford, Teesside and East Coast Media, Grimsby.) Working across four sites, the project involved a number of video conference sessions, using the JANET video conferencing facilities at LJMU’s Art and Design Academy, enabling delegates from the various locations to participate in a series of interactive workshops. These included presentations and Q&A sessions from a range of leading industry experts, including Jules Fuller, Head of Special Projects, Endemol; Tim Marshall, Chief Executive of JANET; Nick Hanson, from Conker Media; David Eccles, Managing Director of Leeds digital agency, Numiko; and Nick Hall, Operations Director at Endemol. These workshops were followed by an intensive three weeks of production, which saw Liverpool’s four teams of participants out around the city, interviewing and filming across the historic World Heritage Site of Liverpool.

‘Due North’ culminated in a day-long event at Skillset North’s Leeds headquarters, with a series of presentations by each of the participating teams, showcasing their final products – short films, online games and interactive maps – content which will now be made available by the four participating World Heritage Sites via their websites.

Judith Jones, Director of the Liverpool Screen School, commented,

"This collaboration demonstrates the value of the Skillset Academy Network in bringing together Media Schools from across the region and encouraging partnerships, both across the Network and with industry leaders such as Endemol. The project demonstrates the ethos of the Liverpool Screen School as a creative hub for the region, facilitating opportunities for freelancers and recent graduates to broaden their professional networks, while supporting them in gaining new skills and developing their careers".

For further information about ‘Due North’, and training opportunities at Liverpool Screen School, please contact Mary Taylor, External Relations Manager, Liverpool Screen School - email  m.taylor@ljmu.ac.uk

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