Saturday, 16 October 2010

The Media Magazine Conference: Getting inside the Media Industries

At the conference on Thursday, I will have the privilege of chairing the afternoon session where three creative people from different media fields will be talking about their work and showing us some examples of what they do. This blogpost is a taster for the session to give some background on the three panellists and to show some clips from their work.

Edward Stern

Edward is Lead Writer at Splash Damage, a game development studio specializing in multiplayer First Person Shooters. Splash Damage has won over 200 awards and nominations and has an average MetaCritic rating of 87. He studied A Level English, History and Economics, and then relieved Glasgow University of a M.A. Hons in Modern and Medieval History, while being heavily involved in student radio, theatre, and music. In 1996 he moved to Hong Kong where he worked in business news television, then moved back to the UK in 1999 to work for a variety of doomed dot.coms, eventually ending up making television about games. He got hired by new startup game studio as freelance writer, then part-time, then full-time, then designer-writer, then senior designer, working on Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, then Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. He’s currently working on Brink for Bethesda Softworks, to be released next year.

You can see an interview with Ed here

Official site for Brink here

Paul Harding

Paul has been a full time professional photographer for 12 years, working in sport for the last decade. He spent a year with Allsport (now Getty Images) before leaving to go freelance for a while, then took on a staff position at Action Images sports photographic agency and has been with them ever since. Originally he joined as a member of the picture desk, shooting mainly features and studio assignments but slowly taking on more sport and working less in the office.

During this time he has covered many different events in all areas of sport ranging from the obvious (football, rugby, tennis etc.) to the strange (bog snorkelling & toe wrestling!), and all areas relating to sport (sponsorship, events, awards, PR) and has worked for many prestigious clients including FIFA, UEFA, Powerade, Lucozade, Barlcays and the WTA.

Some of Paul's pictures:

Lindy Heymann

Lindy’s second feature film, KICKS was released theatrically in the UK in June 2010 and is due out on DVD in November. Her live concert film for legendary British band The Specials to celebrate their 30th Anniversary Tour was released on DVD in March 2010 and has been nominated for a UK Music Video Award for Best Live Coverage.

She has a prolific career in Music Videos, directing well over one hundred to date. She has worked with artists and bands as diverse as Take That, The Charlatans, Suede, John Lydon, Sinead O'Connor, David Gray, Paul McCartney, Leftfield, Terry Hall and Faithless. She directed both Suede's first video and their last, which starred the veteran British actor John Hurt.

She has recently completed the screenplay for her next feature, IN CLOSE UP, which she has co-written with Ben Bond, having been awarded development funding from the UK Film Council.


Suede- final video starring John Hurt

Take That- behind the scenes

Kicks site

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