24 November 2009
NWRC, working with the University of Ulster and Foyle Film Festival, organised and hosted a seminar focusing on career progression and continuing professional development in the moving image and interactive media industries.
Photo: (L-R) Tony Doherty (Ambient Light), Ian Kennedy (Skillset), Eoin Coffey (Ambient Light), Tony Talbot (NWRC), Catherine Ross (360 Production), Helen Thompson (BBC NI), Jim Curran (University of Ulster).
Panellists were Ian Kennedy (Skillset), Helen Thompson (BBC), Catherine Ross (360 Production), Eoin Coffey (Ambient Light Productions) and Jim Curran (UU), who each made a presentation of their work and discussed the moving image/interactive media industry, their education and training, and career development.
The NI Skillset Media Academy at NWRC organised and hosted a panel presentation, discussion and Q&A session dealing with the music industry past, present and future, with a focus on the application of new media in promotion, distribution and sales.
L-R: Maggie Russell (HND Student), Nick Fitzsimmons, Keith Cullen, Tony Talbot (NI Skillset Media Academy), Martin Neill, Andrew Ferris and Melanie Foster.
The panel consisted of Keith Cullen (Setanta Records), Andrew Ferris (Smalltown America), Nick Fitzsimmons (Penny Distribution), Melanie Foster (Mastercuts), Martin Neill (No More Art).
The audience were a range of people working and studying within the areas of music and e-media, and the lively, entertaining and informative event provided an opportunity for all those involved to share knowledge and experience and dissect the modern entertainment industry.
James Foster was the Art Director of ‘Quantum of Solace’, ‘City of Ember’, and most recently the Guy Richie directed ‘Sherlock Holmes’. He is one of the most successful artists/designers working in the modern film industry, currently working on the Louis Leterrier remake of Clash of the Titans.
Screen Scene is Ireland’s award-winning audio/visual post-production studio (recently completing work for the BBC on Best: His Mother’s Son, and the Inspector George Gently series.
L-R: Christian McGilloway (Belfast Metropolitan College), Conánn Fitzpatrick (University of Ulster), James McGarrigle (North West regional College), Jackie Toal (Southern Regional College), James Curran (University of Ulster).
The Future Of Web Applications (FOWA) Conference took place on in Dublin. FOWA also takes place in London and Miami and this was the first time the conference has come to Ireland.
Speakers included some of the most talented and experienced professionals working in today’s multimedia industry, including representatives from 37signals, DropSend, Last FM, AbilityNet, TechCrunch, Osmosoft, and Trampoline Systems.
Staff from Northern Ireland's Skillset Media Academy outside Google's headquarters for Europe, Middle East and Africa
Members of the Northern Ireland Skillset Media Academy met with senior executives of Google and Microsoft as part of a fact-finding mission on the future direction of digital media.
The study tour to Dublin, part-funded by Connected, also included representatives from Digital Circle, Nothern Ireland's digital media industry group and University of Ulster's school of languages and literature.
The tour on 6 and 7 November 2008 also met with exectives of the National Digital Research Centre and Digital Hub in Dublin and Dun Laghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology's Cube digital media incubation centre.
>As a member of the Northern Ireland Skillset Academy, North West Regional College hosted a one day workshop this week on careers in the Creative Media. The event was designed for creative media sector specialists and new entrants to the careers guidance world who are getting to grips with LMI (Labour Market Information), as well as established professionals taking time out as part of their CPD.
The guests, careers advisers from local schools and the Careers Service, along with some of the College’s own media students heard from experts, Cecilia McAllister, Northern Ireland Manager, Skillset; Vincent Kinnaird, Skillset Careers Advisor and established Writer, Director, and Producer; and Lucy Marris, Training Consultant.
These industry specialists outlined tips on tailoring a CV for this competitive sector, the key attributes and qualifications employers look for, how to get in and get on, including info on entry and progression routes, the pros and cons of work experience, and national and regional perspectives on opportunities in the creative media.
I had a great time at the Celtic Media Festival, held at the Radisson SAS, Galway. My attendance was funded by Skillset and I was given a limit of £150 to spend on transport food and accommodation. I made some great contacts with industry professionals including Janet Dulin-Jones, Arthur Lappin, Ed Guiney, Mark Leese and the like. Exposure ran the student workshops which were taught by Dulin-Jones and the producer of American Fork, the co-producer of which produced Napoleon Dynamite. The three days were all about networking and soaking up the info given by the pros. The workshops consisted of screenwriting and pitching your idea. On the final day students were given the opportunity to pitch to Dulin-Jones and other professionals and receive quality feedback. Every day all delegates were treated to lunch in the Radisson’s restaurant. The Gala dinner and final awards ceremony on the final day was hosted by Dathie O’Shay and Mary Kennedy of TG4 and RTE. Guests included Tom Collins and delegates of the Irish Television and Film Board.
The College’s Limavady Campus played host to Minister for the Department of Culture Arts & Leisure, Gregory Campbell, MP, MLA, this morning as he announced a £5million investment in the province’s creative industries.
Speaking at the launch of the Creativity Industries Innovation Fund, the Minister said: “The creative industries sector is a very important sector of the economy and has the potential to generate very significant and long lasting economic benefits for Northern Ireland.
“In terms of the economic value, it is estimated that around 34,600, or 4.7% of the working population, is employed in the creative sector which is growing at a faster rate than the economy in general.
“By investing in the development of talents and skills of our people we will improve our competitive position in national and international markets and reap the benefits in our communities. The drive to develop new markets, and in particular to encourage an outward-looking, global perspective, underpins all.”