Graduate and Student Achievements

July 2017: Ronnie McQuillan (BSc Film and Television Production 2014) has photographed a short documentary film called Unspeakable which has just been nominated for a prestigious Grierson Award in the ‘Best Student Documentary’ category. A previous Grierson winner (our own David Hickman) describes the cinematography in the film as "exquisite". The film has been made while Ronnie was completing his MA in Cinematography at the National Film and Television School; and it was directed by Kte Stonehill, also of the NFTS.

July 2017: Great article about two of our 2014 graduates who work as a dynamic directing duo under the pseudonym Zhang and Knight; but really they're Linden Feng and Hannah Palumbo (both BSc Film and Television Production 2014). They specialise in music videos, are represented by Agile Films, and have had some great adventures, including dowsing a sofa in petrol, setting it alight and throwing it from the 8th floor of an abandoned building; and getting arested in China for subversion (oddly, the two events are not directly related).

July 2017: Christopher Stent (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) has just been appointed as a Junior Production Manager on The World Cup 2018, Russia for ITV. This is a promotion from his previous roles as a Senior Production Co-Ordinator, when (among many other shows) he was working with fellow 2013 graduate Sam Meacock on The Island with Bear Grylls.

July 2017: Daniel Molyneux (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) has started as a runner at ITV Studios, after working as a runner at Pop Casting.  

July 2017: After working on The Voice Kids (ITV Studios), and working as a live logger for Second Chance Salon (BBC1), Britt Borkan (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) is now working as a casting runner for Wedding Day Winners (working title) at Panda TV.

July 2017: One of our first ever film and television graduates, Siraphurin Nimmahnratanakul (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) makes contact: "After I graduated, I continued my studies at Vancouver Film School for Visual Effects, and then got into the Moving Picture Company (Vancouver) as a compositor. The first movie I had a chance to be part of was Ghostbusters (2016). After working with MPC for a year, I got an offer from Double Negative (Vancouver) to work on The Fate of The Furious (2017 and Wonder Woman (2017). Now, I'm back to MPC as a compositor for Justice League (2017)."

July 2017: Aftr a stint working at Imaginarium (Andy Serkis's motion capturecompany - see below) Alex Lines (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) is now working for a crew/kit company at Shepperton Studios. He writes: "I'm finding the work really varied and feels like the right direction for becoming a camera operator, as I get to do lots of assisting on different productions and am meeting the right people. It's also pretty cool being surrounded by huge films being made (and strolling past Batman/Superman on your lunchbreak!) The work came as a direct result of the work experience from the Bill Vinten award so I really have the university and the guidance from te tutors to thank for this. Yesterday I was offered a full-time camera assisting job up in Birmingham on BBC's Doctors but, having done it a few times before, decided to turn it down as I think where I am currently will have more interesting opportunities along the line. Was a tricky decision that caused a sleepless night!"

May 2017: One of our current Masters students, studying the MA in Digital Film and Television Production, has won a prize at the London Greek Film Festival. Orestis Dikaios's film Tuning In To Elusive Times (A Meditation On Grief) has been awarded Best Experimental Film of the Festival.

May 2017: Ronnie McQillan (BSc Film and Television Production 2015) has had a documentary accepted for the prestigious Sheffield Documentary Festival on the 13th and 14th June. He shot it while studying for a Masters in Cinematography at the National Film and Televisoon School. It's called Unspoken and is very timely given the current political situation...

April 2017: Luke Tolen (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) reports in: "I'm emailing to thank you for recommending experience at a talent agency. After my unsuccessful application for the role of Literary and Development Intern at The Artists Partnership I contacted Sarah Lewis who provided me with feedback on my application and she said they were looking for candidates who were interested in progressing to agents. However, after meeting me Sarah invited me to shadow her last week where I read and reported on scripts and met Emily Haywood-Whitlock and Robert Taylor who were equally accommodating! The internship has helped me clarify my career in the script department and I will continue to look for similar opportunities before I begin writing again. In the meantime, I have been a Third Assistant Director (Reshoot) at XYZ Films for In Darkness (2018), directed by Anthony Byrne and starring Natalie Dormer, Emily Ratajkowski and Ed Skrein; Production Runner at HERO, for a commercial for Antigrabbity, produced and written by Dave Cohen; Production Runner at Working Title Films for Night in Hatton Garden (2018), directed by James Marsh and starring Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent and Michael Gambon; and I've been script reading at Signature Entertainment UK freelance. And I have just been offered a place as both an Assistant Director Trainee and a Trainee at Creative Skillset's Film Trainee Finder and The CallTime Company, respectively - so I'm almost as busy as I was in third year at York!" (NB. Sarah Lewis (mentioned above, the assistant to Emily H-W) is a recent BA Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance graduate...!)

February 2017: Anna Samuel (BSc Film and Television Production 2014) is now a junior compositor at Union Visual Effects, the company behind the effects in feature films such as Trainspotting 2 and The Theory of Everything. Before moving to Union, she worked at Playground Games as the sole compositor on Forza Horizon 3 - an award winning open-world car racing game.

February 2017: The freelance life of a much-in-demand production co-ordinator: Chris Stent (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) sends an update: "It's been another busy year which has been great - I was on the Rugby World Cup for a lot of last year, then started off 2016 out in Austria for The Jump, before doing the Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin and then onto Soccer Aid in the summer. I moved up to senior production coordinator this summer for a channel 4 music show, before coming back to Done & Dusted to prep some shows for Shanghai & USA. I'm on a series of cycling events at the moment called Six Day; the first event in London last month was a big success, so we're moving onto Amsterdam next before Berlin, Copenhagen and Mallorca in the new year. I'm also booked to work on The Island with Bear Grylls, so I'm off to Panama, as you do. Just got back from Monaco where I was working on the Laureus World Sports Awards again, and on Wednesday I'm working on The Brits. And I had a meeting the other week with ITV Sport about the World Cup in Russia 2018!"

February 2017: And by a spooky coincidence, The Island with Bear Grylls is being edited by Sam Meacock (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) who works as a broadcast editor at production company Shine...

January 2017: Steven Priest  (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) has been directing Big Brother. "My official title on BB was 'House Director'. I directed the action from the house that was used make the shows that go out every day. We had 60-something cameras, most fixed wide shots and hotheads; and 6 cameras mounted on peds that coud move around the house and shoot through the mirrors. It was so much fun!" (Jargon corner: peds are wheeled camera mounts that enable an operator to move smoothly and easily change the height of the lens. A hothead is a camera mount that can be panned or tilted by remote control.) Steven seems to have found a niche directing fixed-rig shows - a production technique where fixed cameras are mounted in an environment such as a school, a hospital or a house. "Last January/ February I also directed a fixed rig show for ITV 2 called Prank Pad. This was on a smaller scale than BB with only 11 hothead rigged cameras and 4 shooting P/D's, but had a similar feel."

December 2016: Alex Buckley (BSc Film and Television Production 2014) sends an update: "Since March, I have been working as one of the staff runners (although we're known as 3rd Assistant Directors) on Hollyoaks. After freelancing on various programmes last year, it's been great to be constantly working!"

December 2016: Report from Kate Dow (BSc Film and Television Production 2016): "My main news is that since graduation I've been working for CTV Outside Broadcast Company on various things: I did the Sky cricket season over summer as a Technical Assistant. This went really well and they offered me a full time position as a Technical Assistant with the chance to develop my knowledge and move into an engineering role - this was a great offer. However I decided to turn it down as I am also exploring production roles as I feel this is my main interest and strength. Since turning down the full time position I have been working freelance for CTV; I have done Technical Assistant roles on One Born Every Minute, First Dates and Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live over Halloween."

November 2016: Matè Ternyik (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) is now a runner at The Mill, one of Soho's leading post-production houses. The company's work can currently be seen in the Marks and Spencer "Mrs Claus" commercial...

November 2016: Sara Trzupek (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) has just been appointed as a Production Co-Ordinator for Industrial Light and Magic - George Lucas' visual effects company.

October 2016: Update from Hannah Ruddle (BSc Film and Television Production 2016). She is working full time as a researcher for Meridian Line Films; and has won a £5000 commission by Channel 4 to write a short film for its series Random Acts. Random Acts is "home to the world's boldest & most innovative creative shorts"...

October 2016: Recent graduate Krister Antonsen (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) has won the prestigious first prize in the Guild of Television Cameramen Bill Vinten Student Awards for cinematography, for his work on the third year project Under The Floorboards. He writes: "Just wanted to say; thank you - I couldn't be more happy. I’m grateful for the excellent teaching the department has given me the past three years: it has truly opened doors for me in professional environments. Right now, I’m deciding whether I should take a full-time job as a camera op and technician or continue as a freelancer. The award will definitely affect my decision, as I get valuable experience in the UK (as part of the prize) which might lead to more work either in Norway or the UK. So I just wanted to give my thanks to you for providing the foundation for my career and entering the film and my work to the awards this year." The department did well overall: Alex Lines (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) was runner up.

October 2016:  Luke Alexander  (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) writes: "I am currently working as a Grip Trainee on HBO’s Game of Thrones, about to go on location to Spain until 22nd December. I have also been successful in finding work as a camera assistant on a BBC live national broadcast, a Channel 5 documentary and several short films.  My experience at York was brilliant, I loved every second, and has prepared me for work in this demanding and fast-paced industry."

September 2016:  Pauline Lewicka (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) has been accepted on the MA in Screenwriting at Lodz Film School in Poland following her interview yesterday.  She writes: "I got in! My happiness is endless! Once again, thank you very much for all your support and inspiration. It's going to be a wonderful journey and I'm looking forward to setting off." The National Film, TV and Theatre School in Lodz was established in 1948, and is Poland's most prominent film school. Notable alumni include Roman Polanski and Krzysztof Kieslowski, and it's regularly listed in the trade magazines as one of the top 10 film schools in the world.

September 2016: Alex Lines (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) is working for Andy Serkis's company The Imaginarium. He's on the stage crew doing "performance capture" - the way Gollum was created (by Andy Serkis) in Lord of The Rings.

September 2016: Harriette Davis (BSc Film and Television Production 2014) has moved on from her excellent first job as a Multi-Skilled Studio Operator at Ideal World Shopping Channel. Her new job is at BBC Bristol, also as a Multi-Skilled Studio Operator, working on the regional news programme Points West and other regional segments on shows such as The Sunday Politics. She emails: "Hopefully, with Children in Need coming up, I'll be doing something with that too! I'll be doing all jobs in the studio/gallery (camera, audio, racks, vision mixing, floor managing etc) plus some editing and potentially some transmission stuff."

September 2016: Carl Goldsmith (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) has just got the best-job-ever-thought-up by the people who think up jobs. He's been appointed as a General Broadcast Technician for Disney Cruise Line, which means he'll be sailing the world, making television programmes to entertain the paying passengers. He writes:  "(The interviewer) was very impressed with what we'd done on the Film and Television Production course, and said that my previous experience (as well as some extra computing knowledge) prepared me perfectly for the job! Thank you for the past 3 years at TFTV. I've absolutely loved them and there's no way I would have ever got this job had it not been for the education and experience we got in the TV studios."

September 2016: news from our most recent batch of graduates...

Erika Budd (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) reports: "I am working as a casting co-ordinator for a company called We Got POP in London. They did casting for Star Wars:The Force Awakens, Spectre and Everest. I began as a casting runner for them whilst at university, doing "street casting" for ITV's Dark Angel (out in the next week or so); and am now working for them full time in London. I'm currently working on a high profile Disney feature film (but I'm not allowed to say which one!)”

Britt Borkan (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) is working as a core runner for The Voice UK at ITV, assisting the production team in the offices and out on location, throughout the Producer Auditions Tour around the country. She's also been recently employed as an office runner for The Voice UK Kids series; and will be continuing to work on location and in studio for the main show throughout September and October - along with Anya Wilson (Bsc Film and Television Production 2016) who is also working as a runner on The Voice UK.

Kate Dow and Katie McCourt (both BSc Film and Television Production 2016) are working as Technical Assistants at CTV Outside Broadcasts Ltd, working mainly with the sound department, doing live cricket broadcasts for Sky Sports. They both previously did work experience with CTV, arranged by this department. Kate has also been working as producer on a micro-budget feature film which starts shooting in and around Bradford in mid-September. Katie also worked on the Olympics (sadly not in Rio!).

Astrid Allan (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) has been working on the BBC’s coverage of the Edinburgh Fringe as a “Tent Manager”.

Sean Pullen and Hannah Mellish (both BSc Film and Television Production 2016) are working as Multi-Skilled Studio Operators at Ideal World - a great training ground for studio crew and directors.

Veselin Hristov (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) reports that he's a camera trainee on Category 5, a feature film "directed by the dude who did the first Fast and the Furious movie." The IMDB description of the new film is amazing: "Thieves attempt a massive heist against the U.S. Treasury as a Category 5 hurricane approaches one of its mint facilities.”

Krister Antonsen‎ (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) has returned to his home country of Norway, and is working as a freelance camera operator.

Máté Ternyik (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) is a runner at Unit Post Production in London.

Simon Pickles (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) reports: "Over summer 2016 I was lucky enough to go to China to create a short documentary. The film focused on the lives and culture of the Ge people, one of China’s minority populations. It was part of the Looking China Project, and international film initiative run by the Beijing Normal University and the AICCC. I’m now a Sales Executive for Reed Exhibitions, the worlds largest organiser of exhibitions and conferences such as Mipcom and The London Book Fair."

John Seddon (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) also went to China to work on the documentary with Simon over the summer. And somehow also found the time to get married (not to Simon)...

Matthew Wingad (BSc Film and Television Production 2016) is an online assistant for feature film production company Green Screen Productions - and very kindly chased up everyone listed above to produce this report!

August 2016: Valentina Sutton (Bsc Film and Television Production 2016) has been accepted to do a Masters in Ethnographic and Documentary Film at University College, London (UCL).

July 2016: Clara Cornish (Bsc Film and Television Production 2015) has just been appointed as Script Reader at Pinewood Pictures - the production arm of world-famous Pinewood Studios. Her job will be to read through some of the many unsolicited scripts that all production companies receive every week, hoping to find one that she can recommend to the script department for development.

June 2016: Thomas Rosser (BSc Film and Television Production 2015) has just been been booked to work on a feature film: Green Screen Production Studio's version of Macbeth. He'll be a camera operator.

April 2016: Tom Boughton (BSc Film and Television Production 2015) has been accepted by the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme which is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. Tom will be working in Japan until July 2017.

March 2016: Callum Dziedzic (BSc Film and Television Production Year 2) is a wheelchair user; and has been on a leave of absence for a year on the Channel 4 Rio Production Training Scheme. The aim is to increase the percentage of behind-the-camera talent who are disabled, and the Rio Paralympics were a perfect opportunity. Callum applied and was interviewed around this time last year; he was selected from a large number of applicants. He reports: "Last Friday it was confirmed that I will be part of Sunset+Vine’s production crew working on the Paralympic Games out in Rio. Not sure what my actual role will be yet; but I’m just excited to experience an outside broadcast of that magnitude, and I hope, see some of Rio whilst I’m there." During his year as a trainee, Callum has been receiving small amounts of classroom and practical-based training from Channel 4 on a monthly basis; but mainly working for a largely digital production company called Deltatre (pronounced "delta – tray", since the firm is Italian). Callum continues: "I work in the post-production arm of the company, editing highlights clips, interviews and features of most sport leagues, including the European Tour golf and the Europa League. I’m told that my complete disinterest in football is actually useful here since I’m not biased when it comes to multi-team edits!" 

March 2016: Maria Terry (BA Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance 2014) has recently taken up the post of Graduate Production and Programme Assistant at Derby Theatre. After working on a casual basis at the theatre last year in the Front Of House, Box Office, Marketing and Technical departments, Maria was appointed to her new role at the start of 2016. Her job involves welcoming companies and visitors behind the scenes of the theatre, as well as supporting the production and programming teams.

February 2016: News from BA Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance graduates: Rebecca Murphy (2013) is now General Manager of the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond. Josh Danford (2014) trained at Drama Centre in London after he graduated, and is now a professional actor with an American agent. A film he's in called The Last Round has been included in the Raindance Film Festival short-film line up.  Will Edwards (2013) works as a co-producer at Sprite Productions, and has also set up his own production company called WJME Productions. And Ellie McAlpine (2012) has also become a professional actor, and recently toured Italy in a production of Wilde's An Ideal Husband. Ellie played Mrs Cheverley, having performed in student and staff productions at York. 

February 2016: Danny Carter (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) reports: "I’ve been working in camera teams for the past two years on a bunch of dramas and comedies - including Beowulf - Return To The Shieldlands that’s on ITV now. It's not to everyone's taste, but was a great load of fun to film. I was also on that one-off film called Marvellous for the BBC which cleaned up at the BAFTAs - that’s probably the best on-set experience I’ve had so far. On the side though I’ve still been writing; my friend and I won a spot at the BAFTA Rocliffe Comedy 2015 competition, and we’ve since been meeting with production companies. We’ve had one comedy series optioned, and they’re pitching it the BBC next week!"

February 2016: An update from Hannah Ruddle (Bsc Film and Television Production 2015): "After working as a production assistant for an ITV period drama, I've been taken on as a director for a corporate production company called Pretzel Films in London. I also intern for a producer from Tyke Films on a BFI funded feature documentary, and have just been offered a role as part time publicist for Meridian Line Films (based next to the department in the Ron Cooke Hub)."

February 2016: Niall Lucas (BSc Film and Television Production 2015): is now a Design, Creative  and Marketing Coordinator with PR company Rawlingson Lane. He'll be doing design, copywriting, video shooting and editing.

February 2016: Moris Gkormezanos, one of our current second year undergraduates on the BSc in Film and Television Production, reports that a student short film he worked on over the summer in Athens has been accepted for the Cannes Film Festival. The film is called Koukouvagies (The Owls), with the tagline: "Greece 2014: The eldest son of a working-class family will do everything to keep his family afloat". Moris was the co-producer and first assistant director, and he writes: "We sent the film to a wide range of film festivals in Greece and abroad. On Friday, we were very excited to receive an email from the Cannes Film Festival that our film was viewed and accepted by the committee for the Short Film Corner category. In addition, two of us (from the crew) will have the chance to go there and attend various workshops, while making industry connections. We have also been accepted by another three festivals so far: Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival, Queer Film Festival in Oregon, and Outview Film Festival in Athens, Greece. We are still waiting for a few more replies in the near future!"

February 2016: Tom Boughton (BSc Film and Television Production 2015) has reached the quarter finals of the Blue Cat Screenplay Cordelia Awards for his screenplay The People We Lost. He wrote it as part of the course for the module Individual Project: Screenwriting, under the supervision of our lecturer in screenwriting Simon van der Borgh. The Cordelia Award is presented to the best feature screenplay submitted by a writer residing in the United Kingdom, and the eventual winner receives a $2,000 cash prize. Tom has done very well to get this far: This year there were a total of 414 entries submitted from the United Kingdom, and only 39 were shortlisted.

February 2016: Melissa Geczy (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) has been working at Marshall Street Editors since graduating. She started as an in-house runner, and also assisted and learned the Avid editing system whenever she could. After ten months she was promoted to assistant editor; and shortly after that starting working with Patric Ryan - one of the top commercials editors in the world. Melissa writes: "It's amazing. I truly learn something new every day and I've had the chance to travel for multiple shoots, mostly in the U.S. The last shoot I was on we shot for two days at Universal Studios - pretty surreal! Had lunch  overlooking Jaws emerging from the waters... The creative/ technical/ theoretical spectrum of the course has no doubt helped me in my career so far. Even just in conversations on set or in the suites, I've often referenced knowledge gained from the course. I revisit essays and notes from the course from time to time, too."

January 2016: Evie Greenstreet  (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2014) has been appointed as a junior researcher on the upcoming reboot of Robot Wars. One of her responsibilities in her new role is to manage audience bookings, and she gets in touch to say: "The email for ticket applications is robotwarsaudience@mentorn.tv if anyone would like some tickets. The filming will be in Glasgow."

January 2016: Luke Alexander (BSc Film and Television Production 2015) reports: "Since graduating I have had a few freelance jobs, all highly enjoyable but none more so than my most recent work filming with the BBC just before Christmas. I was a camera assistant on BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 (live from the SSE Arena in Belfast), working mainly alongside Camera 1, while also doing the odd cable bashing and running batteries to the cameras that weren't on peds. While each of the days were fast-paced, especially the day of the broadcast, I felt right at home; it felt like being back in a TV Studio exam with familiar jargon being broadcast over the headphones, though the stakes were just a bit higher with the nation watching, rather than just two lecturers! The atmosphere inside the arena was electric and it was fantastic to have the skills to be involved in a programme with such high production values. Ultimately I feel that my time at York has prepared me really well for the realities of my chosen career; the degree has given me a good grounding and the teaching from yourselves and the other lecturers has been superb, and I am appreciating that more with each new job."

January 2016: Alex Partington (BSc Film and Television Production 2015) writes: "Since I graduated,I worked for CTV OB on the cricket the whole summer after which they kept me on for the Rugby World Cup. I also managed to do some studio work at ITV, Channel 4, and BBC. Decided to spend my money on two months travelling in America and came back early and was lucky to pick up work on a newly commissioned CBBC series. Finished that last Saturday and today I just got news I've been offered a permanent job at Alston Elliot Graphics as a Trainee Graphics operator. I am absolutely thrilled as the main sports they do are cricket and rugby. I wanted to thank you for introducing me to CTV as it has provided countless opportunities for me to get me this far. Thank you for everything!"

January 2016: The new year has started well for Lily Ives (BSc Film and Television Production 2015). After just a few months as a runner at Envy Post, she's been promoted to offline edit assistant, primarily working on Gogglebox. She writes: "Normally assistants work on all projects but as it's fast pace turn around they need a dedicated team. I'm really nervous but super excited for the opportunity. I want to thank you and the course for everything, I really couldn't have done this without it."

November 2015: The first graduate from the BSc in Film and Television Production to get a staff job as a director: Matt Young (BSc Film and Television Production 2014). After just a year and three months working as an MSSO – a Multi-Skilled Studio Operator – for the shopping channel Ideal World, he's been appointed as director for the sister channel Create and Craft. Matt reports: "I think again, as with the MSSO job, it was the experience I had in a live studio as a Vision Mixer and Director at University that got me the job over candidates that have been in the business years and know how it all works but don’t have the practical experience. I started two days ago shadowing, on day two I was vision mixing a show. Hopefully this weekend I’ll be directing and vision mixing with a supervisor and by Christmas I’ll be doing my own shows."

November 2015: Another graduate accepted to the National Film and Television School: Sam Hunt (BSc Film and Television Production 2015), who is starting on a Masters in Digital Effects.

October 2015: Sean Richards (MA Writing, Directing and Performance 2014) and Kate Burke (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2014) have founded a theatre company, The Datura Collective. Sean and Kate act and direct, and they are currently touring their new play, Obsidian, round the UK.  

October 2015: Yoshika Colwell (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2014) did a department-organised work placement on the York Theatre Royal/Company of Angels event, Theatre Cafe. She then went on to work professionally with the Flanagan Collective on a reading of their new play, Sherlock, and was cast in their production of Romeo and Juliet. The play ran in York as part of the York International Shakespeare Festival, and then for two weeks at The Arts Theatre in London. Yoshika has recently toured to Hungary to perform at the Shakespeare Festival in Gyula.

October 2015: Two of our second year BSc Film and Television Production students have spent the summer working in the TV industry and building their CVs. Joseph Driscoll worked for a local TV station in his home town of Birmingham. He reports: "At the beginning of my summer break I had work experience at a local television channel, Big Centre TV. I was consequently offered a position there for the rest of the summer. I worked on several television shows, gaining credits as editor, camera operator, researcher and floor manager. I also worked as a video journalist and created twelve of my own news reports, whilst contributing to a further nine reports. I was also sole creator behind a commercial for a local photo and video shop. A highlight of the experience was seeing one of my news reports (on knife crime) being used by BBC Midlands Today. The contacts I made through Big Centre led to my employment as a camera operator and editor on a few projects for Birmingham Film Studios. Through other contacts I was able to get the role of Production Assistant on a Bollywood film being shot in Birmingham during the final weeks of summer." Alex Bowen lives in Austria, and got a job with ORF, the Austrian equivalent of the BBC. He gained experience in television news, and live radio and television broadcasting of stage shows at the Salzburg Festival of Arts. He writes: "For the most part I was a reporter for both the local radio and television news. This meant I was not only conducting the interviews but also editing the finished material (Sound and Image) and also directing the camera on set to have the right images to fit the story. It gave me the opportunity to put the skills I learnt at the University of York to the test. A key lesson was that all companies and departments work differently and with different systems; but the concept and logic behind it always stays the same. The most important lesson though, was how to communicate in the right way and make people feel comfortable. A vital skill for any group project and one any work experience can help you learn."

October 2015: Tom Rosser (BSc Film and Television Production 2015) reports: "Just dropping by to let you know of (some) success from the Creative Skillset graduate networking day in July in London. I met a DoP/Director there who I have since worked as a camera operator on a Jamie Woon video; I also operated on another Jamie Woon video currently on YouTube, plus two more yet to be released. In terms of other industry related jobs, I have been working as a camera assistant and trainee on a handful of jobs in and around London, including with director James Alexandrou from Eastenders, on a music video featuring Kirstin Wareing. I have also worked a couple of dailies on a feature for WWE Studios (yep...), a short film for Vice UK, and on a short film for NFTS; and I have also done some solo corporate video work for a recruitment firm. I have noticed that the industry (film, at least) seems to be very fragmented..."

October 2015: Jamie Robinson (BSc Film and Television Production 2015) has been hired as a freelance runner at Halo Post Production in London.

October 2015: York-based film production company Green Screen Productions has now hired a grand total of 17 graduates from this department on fully paid short-term contracts or staff positions, with 11 of our graduates currently on their staff. GSP made The Knife That Killed Me, described by the Huffington Post as "easily one of the best films of the year", and included in their 2015 top ten movies. 

October 2015: Hannah Ruddle (Bsc Film and Television Production 2015) has been working on the ITV drama Dark Angel in and around York, along with several other alumni. But she's also just been runner up in Pretzel Films "new directors" competition, and has been taken on as a full time staff director - a very prestigious appointment. There were over 700 applicants, but the quality of the films that Hannah made as part of her course got her through to the top 5 who were interviewed; and then her natural talent shone through!

September 2015: Bin Li (MA in Post Production with Visual Effects 2012) has a new job as production coordinator at Base FX, a Chinese visual effects company affiliated with Industrial Light and Magic.

September 2015: Andrew Baillie (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) has just taken up a position as an art department assistant at BIFA Films, working on a thriller called Lies We Tell, due for release in 2016.

September 2015: Sam Hunt (BSc Film and Television Production 2015) has stayed on in York to work on the ITV drama Dark Angel as a Location Assistant. He says: "It is really hard work, but I am learning loads and have met some amazing contacts!"

September 2015: Sam Davies  (BSc Film and Television Production 2015) is working as an events coordinator and filmmaker for a travel adventure company called Choose A Challenge. Sam reports: "It's very demanding - there's only 6 of us, and we turn over three million pounds a year for the 9 charities we work for, I am having a great insight into how to run a small business as well as learning valuable pitching skills and being sent to universities to pitch challenges to students , as well as travelling abroad and filming some promotional videos."

September 2015: Evelien Kortum (MA in Digital Film and Television Production 2012) has her first big screen credit on a major film: Legend, written and directed by Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential) and starring Tom Hardy as both of the notorious East End gangsters, the Kray twins. Evelien was a trainee script supervisor on the film.

September 2015: Lily Ives (BSc Film and Television Production 2015) has got a job as a runner at Envy Post in London. She reports: " I'm really enjoying it here and love the company. It's not like what I expected; it's a relaxed atmosphere and everyone is so lovely. I'm working on shows like The UndateablesAmazing Spaces, and Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners."

September 2015: Danny Ord (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) struggled to find TV work when he first graduated, but has proved that persistence pays off. He was in the right place at the right time when a day runner called in sick on Channel 4's Bodyshockers, and it just took one day for him to prove himself. Since then he's worked on Big Brother and Celebrity Masterchef; and is now a camera assistant/DIT at production company Shine TV working on a variety of shows. He writes: "My eternal thanks to the wonderful staff at York for sparking the will and want in me to make a go of a career in TV. Getting a foot on the ladder is 90% of the work, and after a few hiccups along the way, I'm glad to say that a North-East lad is finally a rent-paying Camera Assistant in London. The training I received at York really set me up for the jobs I've had so far."

August 2015: Alex Buckley (BSc Film and Television Production 2014) writes: "To keep you updated: I've been freelancing as a runner on Hollyoaks for the past couple of months and, as of last week, I'm now a Production Office Trainee on the second series of ITV's WW2 drama, Home Fires. I got this job through being a Skillset Film Trainee. I've only been here for a couple of days, but I'm already loving working in the office. I'm now on this until the last week of September, when I'll be going back to Liverpool Women's Hospital work on the final series of One Born Every Minute."

August 2015: During his internship at the Walt Disney Company EMEA/Disney Channel UK, Adrian Perez (BSc Film and Television Production 2014) was taken on full time and promoted to Co-ordinator of Asset Management with the On Air Promotion Team. He writes: "I got promoted and officially started my new role on 8th June, exactly 9 months from being with the Company. My Director Clare offered me the opportunity and cut off my internship 3 months short!  We lead marketing strategies, campaign rundowns, promote sharing on a transnational and European level, effectively nominate and coordinate local marketing to specific projects, campaigns and seasonal campaigns to not duplicate work and save costs and resource.  Well it's a dream of a job, of a team and a Company. The Force Awakens is just around the corner - and I can't express enough how much of an exciting place this is to be.. I'm living a dream! "

August 2015: Ali Dickinson (BSc Film and Television Production 2014) has finished his work placement at CTV working mainly on live sport; and is now a camera trainee on Eastenders.

August 2015: National Film and Television School news: Ronnie McQuillan (BSc Film and Television Production 2015) has been accepted on the prestigious MA Cinematography course at the NFTS - a course that has produced some very well-known Directors of Photography including Roger Deakins. Ronnie's fellow student Lennie Ortmann has also been accepted on the MA in Producing, which continues to enhance the department's reputation as a feeder school for NFTS. And Honor Mayr (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) has just graduated from the NFTS MA in Vision Mixing, and is now employed as a vision mixer on Sky Sports News.

August 2015: Oli Julian (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2012) has returned from the wilds of independent production to join ITV as an Assistant Producer in This Morning, presented by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

July 2015: Lenny Ortmann(Bsc Film and Television Production 2015) has been accepted on the MA in producing at the prestigious National Film and Television School. He writes: "Last week I spent a day at the NFTS for the final selection workshop. Today I was offered a place on the Producing MA - needless to say I’m pretty chuffed. I want to thank you  again for three amazing years at TFTV and everything I learned during that time."

July 2015: Lily Ives (Bsc Film and Television Production 2015) is working as a runner at Envy Post in London. Everyone starts as a runner in film and TV, but people who have the education and training that you get on our courses are very quickly promoted (see above and below...).

July 2015: Andy Baillie (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) is now working as a design assistant on a new CBBC series The Dengineers, presented by TOWIE’s Mark Wright.  The series will makeover children’s dens using science, engineering and technology, as well as inventive up-cycling, to produce eye-catching designs...

July 2015: Congratulations to Alejandro Orjuela, currently studying with us for an MA in Post-Production with Visual Effects. His film Pez Paz has just won 3rd prize at the Latin-American Video Art Festival 2015. 

July 2015: Ed Gammie (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) is leaving Double Negative (major post-production facility in London) to move to Industrial Light and Magic (another major post-production facility in London).  He already has two big feature film credits to his name, and now he's going to be working for the company that invented CGI dinosaurs...

July 2015: Natalie Wolfe (MA Digital Film and Television Production, 2013) has just joined UKTV (home of Dave, UK Gold and Yesterday) as a commercial distribution executive.

June 2015: Clara Cornish (BSc Film and Television Production 2015) has landed a script reader's job at Lionsgate Films.

June 2015: Jess Stockton (BSc Film and Television Production 2014) has spent most of the year since she graduated working as Promotions Assistant at The Leadmill in Sheffield, managing a promotions team and organising club nights. She's also planned and booked acts, handled the budgets, and designed artwork for events.

May 2015: Two of our alumni from the BSc in Film and Television Production have been named in Variety magazine’s 2015 "110 students to watch".  Most are American of course, but Ian Packard and Tom Day get a mention not only for being National Film and Television School students. but also for setting up their own production company FrontLawn Films, which was established in their 3rd year at York.

April 2015: Evie Greenstreet  (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2014) reports: "I thought I would send you an update on my work journey as a lot has changed for me recently and it feels as though things are really picking up. I have recently finished the Live Shows of The Voice and done a couple of jobs with BBC, including Songs of Praise School Choirs Competition.  Currently, I am working as a talent runner to Paddy McGuinness on a new Channel 4 show called Benchmark and I am excited to report that on Friday he asked me to be his runner on Take Me Out at the end of this year, which I hear is an exciting and challenging project. I also have a couple of jobs lined up with BBC over the next couple of months in Comedy and Children's."

April 2015: Emily Miller (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2013) has just finished work as a Production Runner on Series 4 of The Voice; and has been offered a Junior Researcher position on the casting tour of Series 5. She writes: "I am incredibly excited (and utterly terrified) to start. Don't suppose you fancy auditioning at all? Haha." Emily also bumped into a student from the year below, Evie Greenstreet (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2014). Emily continues: "Evie was paperwork runner for the lives, so got some great experience working with the studio team..."

April 2015: Oli Julian (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2012) reports: "I'm on the ever moving conveyor belt of television production, it seems for good. I'm now over at Olga TV making The Paul O’Grady Show."

 March 2015: Chris Stent (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) is currently working at Done+Dusted, as Logistics & Production Coordinator on the Laureus World Sports Awards. He writes: "Off to Shanghai very soon for two weeks as we finally get into the awards venue, should be interesting! Expecting it to be a bit different from the first few months of the year, which I spent up in the snowy Austrian mountains for The Jump. And after Shanghai, I start on the Rugby World Cup with Progress Productions. So it's been a nice year so far, and the rest is rather exciting too!"

March 2015: Jemma Marshall (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) graduated from the National Film and Television School; and is now working for Boundless TV as a Post-Production Coordinator for Escape to the Country.

March 2015: Paul Wang (MA Digital Film and Television Production 2014) has just been appointed as assistant executive producer at Beijing-based commercials company Filmplexe Production.

March 2015: Congratulations to Alistair Dickinson, Jonathan Altoft (both BSc Film and Television Production Year 3) and Katie McCourt (BSc Film and Television Production Year 2), who have been offered work placements with CTV, the big outside broadcast company. They'll be working in the summer, mainly on sport, as camera and sound runners.

February 2015: Daniel Drema (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) has just landed a position as Assistant Editor at London-based production company Tales from the Motherland, which specialises in film and media about Africa.

February 2015: Evelien Kortum (MA Digital Film and Television Production 2013) is now assistant script supervisor at Working Title Films.

February 2015: Hannah Wills (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2013) has just started work as a production assistant at MBY Productions at Pinewood Studios.

February 2015: Xuewei Zhang (MA Postproduction with Sound Design 2014) is a senior dialogue editor/ADR recordist at Soundfirm's facility in Beijing, one of the best film sound postproduction co‎mpanies in China.

December 2014: One of our recent graduates from the BSc in Film and Television Production has achieved a real career milestone - first credit on a mainstream blockbuster movie. Ed Gammie (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) has been working at Double Negative, the post-production facility in London, in the Visual Effects department. He's credited as a Digital Artist on Ridley Scott's new movie, Exodus: Gods and Kings. Worth sitting through the credits for...

November 2014: Tanya Cook (BSc Film and Television Production 2014) has moved on. She reports: "I’m now working at Brunswick Studios, a film studio in London where they shoot all sorts of things (we had Disney in last month Primark, Phillip Bloom - all the greats!)" Tanya has also been able to arrange two 3-week internships with the studio, for our current students. 

October 2014: Harriette Davis (BSc Film and Television Production 2014) is now employed as a Multi-Skilled Studio Operator at Ideal World Shopping Channel. She comments: "Same job as Matt Young. So now there are three department graduates there (with James Homer)." Jargon corner: being a Multi-Skilled Studio Operator is a great first job in television, as MSSOs rotate around all the studio technical roles, including camera operating, engineering, sound and lighting. It's a superb way to understand the teamwork required, and many of them go on to high end production roles with a thorough grounding in studio techniques.

October 2014: Evie Greenstreet (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2014) reports: "I had my first paid TV job in August helping out on a CBeebies programme called Mr Bloom:Here and There which was a location shoot based in Southampton, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have recently been working as a runner on a Sky 1 quiz show programme called The Fanatics, plus working on another pilot game show for the same production company. I have also been booked on to work for The Voice and am excited that my television career is beginning to kick off."

October 2014: Cassie Ke (MA Post-Production with Visual Effects 2012) has moved on, and is now a Production Coordinator at Oriental Dreamworks (the Shanghai-based arm of Dreamworks Animation).

October 2014: Thomas Paul Martin (MA Digital Film and Television Production 2013) is a Production Coordinator at the Media Trust.

October 2014: Anna Samuel (BSc Film and Television Production 2014) is studying for an MA in Digital Effects at Bournemouth University.

October 2014: Phil Lester (aka Amazing Phil) (MA Postproduction with Visual Effects 2010) has made a name for himself as a Radio 1 DJ, a vlogger, and a YouTube star with over a million hits per post per month.

October 2014: Eloise Davison (BSc Film and Television Production 2014) is the "Film Maker in Residence" at Bootham School. She reports: "I have set up a film production unit within the new art and drama centre and now teach film production and related subjects to years 7-13 across the curriculum. I'm currently in the process of getting the school ready to be a host venue for Aesthetica Film Festival which is all looking very exciting!" 

October 2014: Brian Gilligan (MA Postproduction with Sound Design 2012) is now a Sound Assistant at Lipsync Post.

October 2014: Alex Buckley (BSc Film and Television Production 2014) has just started work as a runner on Channel 4's One Born Every Minute in Liverpool. Quick - the towels!

October 2014: Adam Green (BSc Film and Television Production 2014) has recently finished working as a a camera trainee on a feature film originally called Myrrdin, but now called Arthur & Merlin. It's a Celtic fantasy film, and it was shot all over the South West. Adam reports: "Through that job I have now been Clapper Loading on shorts. and another trainee gig next month is in the works."

October 2014: James Minty (BSc Film and Television Production 2014) has been accepted by the National Film and Television School to do a two year Masters course in Producing and Directing Television Entertainment. Jamie writes: "It's an amazing course: it's taught by industry professionals, you get to pitch ideas to Warner Bros for them to option, and you have professional crew working on your show. You can also choose where and what work experience placements you want, working on broadcast shows. 7 out of 8 graduates last year are now Assistant Producers; and the other is directing Newsround."

September 2014: Alex Buckley (BSc Film and Television Production 2014) has been accepted to be one of Skillset's Film (Production Office) Trainees. It means that she gets offered trainee level placements on well budgeted UK films. Alex writes: "The course's Skillset accreditation, that I know you all worked so hard to get, has really helped me start future career!" The scheme is very competitive, so well done to Alex.

September 2014: Adrian Perez (BSc Film and Television Production 2014) has won a very competitive 12 month internship at the Walt Disney Company EMEA/Disney Channel UK. He’ll be working in the department of Regional Marketing & Television Promotions, making trailers and promoting films and shows. Adrian writes: “They said I had a really impressive CV and the cover letter was very passionate. I commend the department for our programme of study – during the interview I realised more than ever how much I've learned from the degree. It’s not only being academic, but with the projects we've had to complete, it has felt like an industrial experience at times too.”  http://thewaltdisneycompany.com/tags/emea

September 2014: Eleanor Utting (BSc Film and Television Production 2014) has been accepted at the National Film and Television School to study Vision Mixing.   https://nfts.co.uk/

August 2014: Tony Hipwell (MA Post-Production with Visual Effects 2012) has co-directed the independent feature film Whoops! starring Andrew Dunn through his company MilesTone Films. The film is being exhibited through Raindance and Vue Cinemas, both in the UK and Canada.

August 2014: Daniel Bodsworth (MA Post-Production with Sound Design 2013) is now an Audio Trainee at Molinare.

August 2014: Bethan Clancy (MA Post-Production with Visual Effects 2008) is now the Post Production Project Manager at Films at 59.

August 2014: Evelien Kortum (MA Digital Film and Television Production 2012) is now a Trainee Script Supervisor at Vallance Road Films Ltd.

August 2014: Melanie Keyzor (MA Post-Production with Visual Effects 2008) is a Motion Design Artist at The Moving Picture Company.

August 2014: Ben Grimes (MA Post-Production with Visual Effects 2009) is an R&D Engineer at Nvizible.

August 2014: Anna Drake (MA Post-Production with Visual Effects 2009) is a Motion Graphic Designer at Bloomberg LP in New York.

August 2014: Dimitrios Tsalkanis (MSc Post-Production with Visual Effects 2010) is a 3D Artist and Photographer at Diadrasis in Athens, Greece.

August 2014: Bin Li (MA Post-Production with Visual Effects 2010) is a Compositor at China Film Group in Beijing City, China.

August 2014: Nick Olsouzidis (MA Post-Production with Sound Design 2011) does Audio Transfer at Smoke & Mirrors.

August 2014: Ollie Richards (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) has moved on – he’s now a Camera Assistant/Kit-room Coordinator at Karma Crew & Creative in London.

August 2014: Andrew Manns (MA Post-Production with Sound Design 2011) is an Audio Development Engineer at the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team – presumably trying to make the new engines sound a bit funkier!

August 2014: Andrew Lawrence (MA Post-Production with Visual Effects 2012) is now a VFX Editor at Milk Visual Effects working alongside Alex Balmer (also MA Post-Production with Visual Effects 2012) who is a Junior Compositor there.

August 2014: Thorben Bockelmann (MA Digital Film and Television Production 2012) is now a Junior Producer at Broadview TV GmgH.

August 2014: Kirstie Lochtman (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) is now a Development Researcher at What Larks!

August 2014: Henri Ward (MA Digital Film and Television Production 2012) is now a Junior Researcher at Lion Television.

August 2014: Laura McKenzie (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) is now a Production Assistant at LA Productions in Liverpool

August 2014: Justin Stathers (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2011) is a Writer at Pink Parenting Magazine.

August 2014: Hedda Estensen (MA Digital Film and Television Production 2013) is now a Teacher at Mosjøen videregående skole in Norway.

August 2014: Sam Meacock (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) is now a Technical Assistant at Shine TV

August 2014: Magda Tsakali (MA Post-Production with Visual Effects 2012) is now a Data Wrangler/Telecine Assistant at Deluxe Entertainment Services Group.

August 2014: Jasmyn Sun (MA Post-Production with Visual Effects 2008) is a Research Assistant at City University of Hong Kong

August 2014: Some of our 2014 graduates from the BSc Film and Television Production have already found jobs in the film and TV industries. Matt Young is working as an MSSO – a Multi-Skilled Studio Operator – for the shopping channel Ideal World. He reports: “I do an hour live show on cameras, rotate to an hour on engineering, rotate to an hour on the sound desk and so on. The modules and the teaching at York have given me a great skill set. During the induction, they were showing me the various bits of kit and asking if I knew how they worked, and because of the teaching at York, I knew almost every piece of kit. The teaching DIRECTLY translated to a job.” Tanya Cook has got a job at an online news channel in London called Chiswick Local Buzz. They do a lot of local news along with advertising and commercial videos for local businesses. Tanya says: “I worked there last summer for a bit of experience but after 3 days they asked me to come back, probably because I was able to pick up the camera and use it straight away, and understand where and when I was needed. Not only am I more knowledgeable, I feel so much more confident just to go out there, and for this I am indebted to the department.” Finally Linden FengHannah PalumboEmily Vizard, Rob Ashton and Diogo Guerner are off to China for 3 months, to make short films, documentaries and adverts for the Department of Culture in Shanxi Province.

June 2014: Megan McCrea  (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) is working as an Art Department Assistant at Zodiak Media.

June 2014: Elena Stagg (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) has moved on and is now a Social Media & Digital Account Executive at Target Live - the UK's only full service live events marketing agency.

June 2014: Laura Mackenzie (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) is now a Production Assistant at LA Productions in London.

June 2014: Balam Herrera (MA Digital Film and Television Production 2012) is a FONCA Scholarship Holder and Film Professor at Conaculta - National Council for Culture and Arts, Centro de Estudios en Ciencias de la Comunicación, Mexico City, Mexico.

May 2014: Andy Baillie (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) is working as a freelance runner within the design department at Lime Pictures; and has been working on "Hollyoaks" since the start of the year. He reports that he also had the opportunity to work for a short spell preparing the Geordie Shore house in preparation for shooting of series 8, in which he was also commissioned to make an artwork. He says: "I am really enjoying working in the design department and I wanted to thank you for all of your support and advice during my studies and since graduation."

May 2014: Tom Rogers graduated from an early version of our BA course (English with Writing & Performance) in 2008, and he now works for post-production house Molinare as a Sales Executiveand Post Production Producer. Tom's a good friend of the department, and he's given a masterclass in post-production for our students; and he thought our students would be interested in a documentary that he's just finished. lt’s the behind the scenes story of the Old Vic tour of Richard III starring Kevin Spacey and directed by Sam Mendes.

May 2014: Naomi Sheldon (MA Writing, Directing and Performance 2008) is an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company and currently touring The Pride nationally

May 2014: Rachel Finnegan (Writing, Directing and Performance 2009) is an actor currently appearing in Red Velvet on Broadway opposite Adrian Lester
 
May 2014: Rebecca Murphy (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2012) is a casting director at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond
 
May 2014: Luke de Belder (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2013) is about to graduate as an actor from Central School of Speech and Drama
 
May 2014: Ellie McAlpine (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2012) is currently filming The Love We Seek, playing Eva Braun
 
May 2014: Helen Thompson (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2012) is working as a director at Mind The Gap Theatre Company
 
May 2014: Rebecca Darmody (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2011) recently appeared in feature film Jagoda
 
May 2014: Chris White (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2011) recently appeared in The Sellotape Sisters at the New Diorama Theatre, London
 
May 2014: Charlotte Clisby (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2012) is Head of Business Development at Merchant on Demand
 
May 2014: Tom Crowley (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2011) is a writer/performer with Sad Faces and has written for The Now Show and The News Quiz
 
May 2014: Elizabeth Bennett (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2012) is completing a theatre PhD at Royal Holloway

May 2014: Ella Garland (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2012) has just finished a tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream playing Puck
 
May 2014: Gemma Marsh (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2011) has just started rehearsals for Wuthering Heights by Chapterhouse Theatre Company
 
May 2014: Hannah Wills (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2013) is a researcher for Handle and Spout who specialise in Children's Television
 
May 2014: Sarah Lewis (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2012)  works for theatre agency Artists Partnership.
 
April 2014: The student with the coolest name ever, Bex Panther (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2013) has been taken on by British Airways as a trainee pilot - her lifelong ambition. It's probably more to do with her having a Commercial Pilot's Licence and passing all her her exams in navigation and meteorology and human factors... But we like to think what edged it was her ability to make mellifluous cockpit announcements because of the voice training she received on the BA...

April 2014: Aisling Cheesman (BA Writing, Directing and Performance graduate 2013) is now a Production Assistant at Shepperton Studios working on Alice in Wonderland 2, directed by James Bobin with Joe Roth and Tim Burton producing. She says: "I'm very excited to be part of such a big production".

April 2014: Chris Stent (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) reports: "I’m keeping nice and busy with work. I’ve just finished a nice Production Runner contract on All Star Mr & Mrs which was really good fun, and I’m already contracted back at Big Brother for the full summer run as Production Runner, but with the idea that I’ll move up to do some researching during the series, particularly towards the Celebrity series we do in August. Also popping back to Elstree tomorrow and next weekend for The Voice, looking forward to running on that. And I had some work on pre-production for a new documentary with David Beckham, and ended up on a shoot with him in a pub, which I’ll claim as “going for a pint with Beckham” I think!"

April 2014: Alex Balmer (MA Post-Production with Visual Effects 2012) is now a Junior Compositor at Milk VFX

April 2014: Charlotte Evans (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2011) has spent the last two years as Series Assistant Producer on Channel 4's Dead Famous DNA. She comments: "Who knew how important filling out risk assessment forms would be!".

April 2014: Rachael Sherlock (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) is now a green Room Assistant at ITV's Daybreak/Lorraine. Rachael writes: "I also work closely with the finance and artist payment teams by chasing and filing waivers. Fun fun fun..."

March 2014: After winning the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award for her film script ShardsRosy Deacon (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) has now been signed to Casarotto, the biggest literary agent in London, which is a huge achievement for a new writer. Casarotto represent many of the top names in film and TV, including this year's Oscar winner Steve McQueen. Rosy says: "I'm just focusing on writing at the moment, and should be sending Shards out to production companies very soon, so we'll see how it goes."

March 2014: Emma Bew (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) is now a Production Co-Ordinator at Double Negative in London, in their new TV division - one of the UK's leading post-production houses. She joins Ed Gammie from her course, who's already there training to be a visual effects artist. Emma says: "I knew I always wanted to ultimately be a producer, but it took the modules and those talks from D-Neg during the course for me to figure out what excited me most and where my passions lay in the industry. I'm really looking forward to my future in VFX and can't wait to start on Monday!"

February 2014: Emily Miller (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2013) has been working as a runner on Britain's Got Talent. She writes: "I was equal parts excited/petrified to find I'd been given the role of Assistant Judge Runner - helping a lovely Production Runner to look after the needs of Simon Cowell/Amanda Holden/David Walliams/Alesha Dixon and their make up artists/PAs as well as the Exec Producers, both in the lead up to the audition recordings, and during the recordings themselves - bringing multiple cups of tea to the judges' panel without falling over in front of the entire audience (can you tell this was one of my biggest fears?)."

February 2014: Elizabeth Sturt (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2013), has been offered a Production Assistant role with First Family Entertainment (FFE) – part of the world’s number one live-theatre group, the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) - after completing a six-month internship during the busy pantomime season.

February 2014: Ed White (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) has been appointed as an assistant editor at Fact Not Fiction Films.

February 2014: Giulia Ballone (MA Post-Production with Visual Effects 2013) is now a runner at Molinare, a "film and broadcast post production facility in the heart of London’s Soho and, with over 40 years of experience, is one of the most respected names in the industry, specialising in television drama, feature films, feature documentaries and broadcast factual."

February 2014: Joshua Allen (BA Writing, Directing and Performance 2013) is studying to be an actor at Drama Centre London. He writes: "Hopefully you'll see this bald mug up on the big screen before too long."

February 2014:Odinn Orn Hilmarrson (MA Digital Film and Television Production 2012) is now an editor at Sudden Black. He writes: "It's the same company that I was interning for when I came to the department for graduation. After leaving, I had time off, did music for The Dutch Courtesan and couple of months later emailed them and they invited me back to be part of their company working primarily as an editor. Since then I've edited videos for clothing companies like Jigsaw and New Look, and the Sony PS4; and helped out on shoots. In my spare time I'm also composing music and will in fact be returning to compose for Mike Cordner's next production in Summer term.

February 2014: Leo Ellis Mrdjenovic (MA Post-Production with Visual Effects 2012) is the UK Representative at Doktor Fried Studio (animation and visual effects).

February 2014: Elena Stagg (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) is the Social Media Account Executive at Organic Publicity, who specialise in feature film marketing.
 
February 2014: Mark Skinner (MA Digital Film and Television Production 2012) is now a Script Reader for Intrinsic Value Films; and has just had his first novel published. It's called The Amber Child, and is described by Amazon as a "gripping, suspenseful fantasy novel..."

February 2014: John Twomey (MA Post-Production with Sound Design 2013) is a runner at Envy post-production house in London

February 2014: Alejandro Quintero (MA Post-Production with Sound Design 2013) is an intern at Churubusco Estudios in Mexico City

January 2014: Rachael Sherlock (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) is working as a reality runner and celebrity chaperone for Celebrity Big Brother - surprisingly much admired by the Guardian newspaper! (The whole series, not just Rachael's running.). She even had a short go at directing a rehearsal; and attended some camera shadow days with Roll to Record. She reports: "Many of my shots made the edits on channel 5 the next day."

January 2014: Lauren Burnett (BA in Writing, Directing and Performance 2013) is now a production runner on Mastermind (BBC). She'll be finding contestants for the show, by conducting phone interviews and travelling the country to meet people face-to-face; sourcing audiences; researching the specialist subjects; and then making it all happen in the studio for the recording. She's also going to work on the next series of Celebrity Mastermind. And set all the Quantum Physics questions (I may have made that last bit up...).

January 2014: Tom Day (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) has just started his course in TV Entertainment Production at the National Film and Television School, along with fellow graduate Ian Packard. Tom reports: "In November I gratefully received the Zodiak Media Scholarship, from Zodiak MediaI had to go through an interview process and pitch television idea - thankfully it went very well. This award pays for my tuition fees which is a dream come true, and I will also be working at Zodiak during the holiday periods and hopefully beyond. The experience I gained at York was invaluable in  helping me achieve this award; Zodiak were very impressed to hear and see what goes on at York and the various films and TV shows that I'd made. So thank you again."

January 2014: Camille Sainsbury (MA Digital Film and Television Production 2012) is working as a production assistant on the second series of Channel 4's Utopia.

January 2014: Cassie Ke (MSc Postproduction with Visual Effects 2012) reports: "I'm currently the VFX Production Coordinator for Post Production Office (BJ) Ltd Beijing City, China, providing support to the VFX supervisor and producer. I've had the opportunity to manage several shows: As The Light Goes Out, The Monkey King, Ace In The Hole and Love You for Loving Me. so I've gained many practical skills including in customer relations management, working with computer systems, and personal communication."

January 2014: Nastasia Sokolova (MA Digital Film and Television Production  2012) is working for Directors' Research, part of the Bazelevs Group, in Moscow. She scouts for directors for commercials.

January 2014:Laura Raus (MA Digital Film and Television Production 2012) is a senior Staff Writer at Egypt Oil & Gas Newspaper, in Cairo, Egypt.

January 2014: Henri Ward (MA Digital Film and Television Production 2012) is working for Pandorai in Seville, Spain as Head of Development for the children’s comedy and educational series Lubbalu

January 2014: Melissa Geczy (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) has a new job as an in-house runner at Marshall Street Editors in Soho.

January 2014: Ed Gammie (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) is now a full time trainee/runner at Double Negative in London, training to be a 2D Visual Effects Designer. Ed writes: "Since leaving York, I enrolled on a 3 month online visual effects course during the summer and spent mos t of that time training and building up a showreel. I've been working at Double Negative since November as a runner in their 2D department, and have recently passed my one month initial period, so will be starting my training within the next week or so. The training involves working on shots from Harry Potter, Skyfall and Thor 2, so needless to say I am pretty excited about getting started!"

January 2014: Danny Carter (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) is working for The Other Planet, a Leeds-based post production house. So far he's worked as a DIT (Digital Imaging Technician) on a feature film called Residue; and will begin 3 months as a DIT for Kay Mellor's new BBC1 drama 'In The Club', starting in January. (Jargon corner: a Digital Imaging Technician is a new-ish role created by the move to tapeless recording. The camera records onto a solid state memory card or hard drive; and because that technology is intrinsically unreliable for data storage, it must immediately be backed up. So the DITs sit at a table in the corner of the set, and as soon as the card or drive comes off the camera, they prepare the material for the edit by (among other things) labelling the shots; and the they back them up onto two or three other drives. They also assist the cinematographer to achieve the look they want by using their technical knowledge to adjust the camera's settings.)

November 2013: Kevin Chan (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) has just been appointed as Acquisition and International Sales Executive at Soda Pictures - a UK independent film distributor and film sales agency.

November 2013: Kirstie Lochtman (Bsc Film and Television Production 2013) is a "development creative" at Endemol in London makers of Deal or No Deal and Big Brother among many other well known shows...

November 2013: Ed White (BSc Film and Television Production 2013) has just got back from a week shooting the opening sequence for a feature film in Petra, Jordan; and thanks to the department's LUMA showcase at BAFTA, he has also landed a job with Cheerful Twentyfirst based in Soho as a director of corporate videos,

November 2013: Sarah Breese (MA Post Production with Visual Effects 2010) is an Assistant Co-Ordinator & VFX Editor at Fiction Factory Films previously she created the title sequence for the new detective drama Hinterland, which was filmed in an unusual way: the actors said their lines in English, then again in Welsh, to make two versions of the series. It's due for transmission later this year in Welsh (on S4C) and in English (on BBC4); and it's been sold to several other countries around the world. Sarah says: "I know it's been a few years since my MA title sequence project, but I just wanted to say thanks again, and just hoped you'd be happy to hear how the skills I learned have helped me out in the real world!"

November 2013: Alex Balmer who graduated as an MA in Post-Production with specialism in Visual Effects in 2011, has just been appointed as a Nuke artist at Prime Focus. Prime Focus did the 3D conversion on the George Clooney/Sandra Bullock movie Gravity.

November 2013: When Steven Priest from the BSc in Film and Television Production worked on Big Brother after graduating, he was lucky enough to be given a chance to direct a dress rehearsal for the live show. He says: "It was so good to have that chance - it's only made me want to direct multi-camera even more. I'm also talking to the Execs and Series Directors of Big Brother about the possibility of me directing properly for the summer run." Meanwhile Steven is working on The Great British Menu until December, before shadowing the director on the Top Of The Pops Christmas Special; and then going to Austria for a month working on The Alpine Games for Channel 4.

November 2013: Megan McCrea (BSc in Film and Television Production 2013) graduated from the BSc in Film and Television Production in June, and from September has been working on a Universal Studios movie called Dracula Untold.

November 2013: BSc Film and Television Production graduate Chris Stent has just finished a month's shoot at Pinewood Studios for a brand new cooking competition show for Channel 4, due for TX in January.

October 2013: Sam Meacock (BSc in Film and Television Production 2013) got a job by networking at the LUMA film festival event at BAFTA, organised by our students. The BSc Film and Television Production graduate now works as a runner at Evolutions in Soho, where, oddly, he is doing some work in post-production on an E4 reality TV series of which Emma Bew is production coordinator (see below)!

October 2013: Emma Bew graduated last June from the BSc in Film and Television Production, and has been in work ever since - first as a production assistant at Wild Pictures; then as production secretary on a new show for E4. In fact she reports that she was offered two jobs as production secretary immediately after graduation, and it was very hard to decide which one to turn down! Emma is also this year's chair of The National Student Television Association (NaSTA).

October 2013: BSc in Film and Television Production graduate Ed Gammie has won the first ever Bill Vinten Award for Camera Operating, given by the Guild of Television Cameramen, for his work on one of the third year group film projects. His fellow graduate Oliver Hadlow-Martin was one of two runners-up; and the department as a whole won the award for best university...

October 2013: Liam Bracey (BSc in Film and Television Production 2013) is now in a full-time post as Kit Room Co-Ordinator at Hotcam - international suppliers of kit, crew and facilities for many high end productions...

October 2013: When Hannah Willis graduated from the BA in Writing, Directing and Performance in 2013, she put her dissertation research on children's TV to good use: she arranged work experience on the new series of Grandpa in my Pocket, which is produced by Adastra Creative. She says: "One week turned into two which was quite reassuring and I made a great bunch of contacts and friends that I hope will eventually lead me to other opportunities." She's currently working as a Media Assistant for Red Bee Media after getting into their talent pool.

September 2013: BA Writing, Directing and Performance graduate Oli Julian continues his rise to the top in the BBC. After finishing the BBC Production Trainee scheme about 8 months ago - working on The One Show among other programmes - he worked in BBC Events and helped to make David Dimbleby’s The People’s Coronation. After another stint The One Show helping to put together the live transmission, he's now moved into a new job as a Researcher/AP working for Factual Entertainment Development. So not doing too badly!

September 2013: Congratulations to Rosy Deacon, one of this year's graduates; her script Shards has won the Sir Peter Ustinov TV Scriptwriting competition. She developed the script as part of her studies on the BSc in Film and Television Production, with help from our screen-writing tutor Simon van der Borgh. The prize is an all expenses paid trip to New York for the International Emmy World Television Festival, and $2500. 

August 2013: Six of our BSc Film and Television Production students have gone on to post-graduate study at the prestigious National Film and Television School. Dan Atherton is studying Cinematography; Honor Mayr is studying Vision Mixing; Tom Day and Ian Packard are studying TV Entertainment Production; Akash Tuli-Phakey is enrolled on the Broadcast Production course specialising in camera and lighting; and Jemma Marshall is studying Production Management. NFTS normally only takes people with industry experience, so this is a great achievement for the students. Dan Atherton also won a Freddie Francis scholarship from the British Society of Cinematographers.

August 2013: Lauren Burnett who just graduated from the BA in Writing, Directing and Performance worked on Mastermind at Media City for a few weeks; and is now working for the BBC in developing new entertainment formats.

July 2013: BSc Film and Television Production 2013 graduates Chris Stent and Steven Priest are spending the summer working on Big Brother. Please make up your own joke about moving from one group of dysfunctional people cut off from the world to another...

Congratulate Daniel Molyneux for starting a new position as Runner at ITV Studios

Previously Runner at POP CASTING LIMITED