Working with experts

Working with experts gives you a chance to experience what it's really like to work in the film and television industry

Rob Hopkin, Director of BBC's Question Time

Rob has been working closely with our students on their TV Studio and Programming module.

Within this module, students gain practical experience of a variety of productions in our purpose-built television studio. They learn about multi-camera use, studio lighting, designing TV studio sets, autocue, vision mixing, directing and producing. Working with Rob has given them the opportunity to learn what it is like to work on high-profile TV shows, with the chance to ask an industry expert about his role and experiences.

After the module, Rob said:

"To watch the students develop from a group of loosely-associated individuals to coalesce into two teams of focused and committed programme makers was remarkable. There was determination to achieve the goals set for them individually and collectively. They undertook challenges and adopted roles that, until the course began, most of them had not much awareness of, but the biggest lesson learnt was the fundamental need for concise communication among their team and the crucial elements of mutual trust and interdependence".

Filming live at Plymouth Argyle

BA (Hons) Film and Television Production students were asked to work as an extra-curricular activity filming live football matches for Plymouth Argyle.

Gary Lovejoy, Head of Media Production at Plymouth Argyle said: "It’s great to be working with the emerging talent on the film and television programme at the University of Plymouth".

Dr Phil Ellis, Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Film & Television Production, said: "The experience of filming football matches at Plymouth Argyle is invaluable for the students; learning from professionals under the pressures of a live game can’t be replicated".

Darius Dwyer and Ben Walton, first year BA (Hons) Film & Television Production students

Twofour and The Moment visit

BA (Hons) Film & Television Production Stage 2 students visited Twofour and The Moment’s Plymouth bases recently. They were given a tour by Twofour’s Head of Talent, Sue Kenderdine, during which they were able to talk with experts in pre-production, production, and post-production. Sue said: 

‘It was a great opportunity for us to make connections with local students and show them the television making production process. We are lucky that within our Plymouth Studios we are able to take programmes from pre-production right through to the final edit and delivery and it was great to be able to demonstrate that’. 

During the visit, they were even invited to take part in a brainstorming and pitching exercise with Jonney Steven, Series Producer of Impossible Engineering.

Image courtesy of TwoFour

Image courtesy of The Moment

They also toured The Moment’s facilities and were able to see a range of innovative media productions in process. Claire Peacock, Senior HR Advisor, said: 

‘It’s great for us to meet some of the young and emerging talented individuals from the University of Plymouth. For us it is incredibly important to demonstrate the creative opportunities available in the South West across not only film but digital and immersive formats too.’

BA (Hons) Film & TV Production Programme Leader Dr Phil Ellis said: 

‘This was an amazing opportunity for the students to gain insight and understanding of the workings of the industry at close hand. They were able to ask questions of experts in their field and also met graduates from the media programmes. In the brainstorming and pitching session, they were able to work with members of the Impossible Engineering team under the guidance of the Series Producer. A marvelous experience for the students and staff who accompanied them’.