Phil Gyford

For the past eight years Phil has been publishing the diaries of Samuel Pepys on the web, one day at a time, building an annotated, hyperlinked picture of London in the 17th century. He will be talking about the possibilities and difficulties of telling a complex story online, using services such as Wikipedia, Google Maps, and Twitter.

Phil has been designing and building websites since 1995, with clients including Google, the BBC and Channel 4. He has previously worked for Wired magazine, studied physical theatre, made models for Aardman Animations, and has a masters degree in Future Studies.

See the online diary of Samuel Pepys http://www.pepysdiary.com/

Pete Fraser: lessons from the January sessions

In the opening to the event, I shall talk through the key issues raised by the January assessments and shall show examples of work which will hopefully inspire! I will particularly emphasise workable approaches to evaluation at AS and A2 and successful strategies for the A2 exam section A 1a and 1b.

Pete is Chief Examiner for the A level and Principal moderator for AS coursework. He was formerly head of Media Studies at Long Road Sixth Form College and is currently undertaking a Ph.D at Bournemouth.

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Tom Green: directing 'Misfits'

Tom took OCR A level Media Studies in the late 1990s and went on to study Media Production at Bournemouth. He went on to the National film and Television School where his first two films, Traces and Brixton 85, were nominated for the Kodak Award for Best Short Film at the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival. Tom has directed several episodes of Misfits and can be seen talking at length about the programme on the DVD extras. 
(this session replaces the previously advertised discussion with Luke Hyams as Luke cannot be with us due to a BBC project)

Corin Hardy: directing music videos

Corin will talk about his work with artists such as Keane, the Prodigy, Paolo Nutini and Biffo Clyro, illustrated by examples on screen.

Corin took the OCR A level Media Studies alongside Art and Photography at Varndean College  in Brighton having already worked on lots of animation projects at home. He went on to study special effects at Wimbledon School of Art, winning an award for his stop-motion film 'Butterfly'. He has directed a number of music videos and has a number of exciting feature film projects in development .
Here are some links to some of Corin's work: www.corinhardy.com and www.academyfilms.com

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Deirdre O'Neill: Film as a radical pedagogic tool

The Inside Film Project has so far run twice once in HMP Wandsworth and once in HMP Rochester Young Offenders Institution. The project aims to act as a counter hegemonic intervention utilizing popular culture within a particular strand of the media (film) as a vehicle to develop a language that is analytical and adequate to understanding the social determinants that affect all our lives but whose impact and consequences vary depending upon the social class to which we belong to. It is the possibility of putting this understanding and this language into practice that has the potential to lead to a transformation in personal consciousness.

In this session, Deirdre will share the outcomes of the Inside Film project and show extracts from films made by prisoners within a radical pedagogy context. The intention here was for prisoners to be given the resources with which to represent their own identities and negotiate (politically) their responses to mainstream media representations of convicts in relation to broader themes of power and ideology. Julian McDougall will chair the session and offer ideas on how Deirdre's work might be used in the context of the Collective Identity option at A2.

Deirdre O’Neill is the co-coordinator of Inside Film. She is currently doing a PhD at the University of Ulster and is also the co-director with Michael Wayne of Listen to Venezuela(2009)