23 January 13
The BAFTA / Creative Skillset Guest Lecture Programme, formed in partnership with BAFTA and Creative Skillset, consists of a series of guest lectures that aim to bring the brightest creative and technical ‘behind the scenes talent’ from the world of film, television and games together with the next generation of creative and technical talent.
The BAFTA / Creative Skillset Guest lectures will be delivered to students on Creative Skillset Ticked courses in Media Academies across the UK ie. those institutions that have been identified as providing the best professional development for the existing workforce and for new entrants.
Drawing on the legacy of our five annual awards ceremonies, BAFTA will invite past winners and nominees to deliver informative sessions that will offer invaluable insights and inspiration to students within their field. The lectures will be delivered across a range of creative and technical fields including games design, animation, screenwriting, production and post-production, and all will stress the importance students developing their creativity alongside their business and technical skills.
In partnership with Creative Skillset
Tuesday 29 January
Liverpool John Moores University
Join BAFTA-winning screenwriter Neil McKay as he delivers the BAFTA Creative Skillset Guest Lecture on Screenwriting. Highly celebrated for his award-winning fact-based dramas, taking inspiration from real life events, his credits include Mo about the life of politician Mo Mowlam starring Julie Walters, See No Evil: The Moors Murders, his highly praised BAFTA-winning two-part drama Appropriate Adult, about the Cromwell Street murders and an adaptation of Kate Summerscale’s bestseller The Suspicions of Mr Whicher. In addition to his work in original drama, Neil has also written extensively for long-running drama series such as The Bill, Casualty and Holby City and several acclaimed radio plays. In his BAFTA Skillset Guest Lecture Neil will discuss his craft and career and examine the current popularity for fact-based drama across film and television, the challenges and responsibilities of real life stories – how to get behind the headlines to find the story, as well as offering practical advice on developing your craft for new writers and how to break in to the industry.
Wednesday 6 March
University of Glamorgan, Cardiff
Oli Hyatt has been Creative Director at Blue-Zoo for 12 years, helping it thrive through difficult times for the animation industry. His most recent show Olive the Ostrich for Nick Jr has been sold around the world. He is the Director of Alphablocks Limited, the company behind CBeebies Phonics show Alphablocks, as well as being the chair of AnimationUK. He has been Broadcasts 'Young Animator of the Year' and the Guardians 'Young Businessman of the Year' and has received two BAFTA nominations for Those Scurvy Rascals and Stitch Up Showdown. In 2012, Blue-Zoo won the Independent Production Company prize at the BAFTA Children's Awards. Oli sits on the BAFTA children’s committee.
Friday 19 April
Siobhan Reddy is Studio Director at Media Molecule, the band of creative minds behind the BAFTA-winning LittleBigPlanet franchise. Cultivating an early fascination with fanzines, technology, pop-culture and entertainment led to her first job at Spike Wireless. And when she relocated at age 18 from her native Australia to the UK, Siobhan entered the games industry as Production Assistant at Perfect Entertainment on DiscWorld Noir. By 1999 she had joined Criterion Games as Producer where she produced titles including Burnout 3 and Burnout 4. Siobhan sits on the BAFTA games committee.
Thursday 9 May
Birmingham City University, Birmingham
Mike O’Leary is a writer whose credits include multi-media work and written content for Misfits, which earned him a BAFTA nomination in 2012 and he penned the standalone online series, Misfits: Strung Out. He is also author of the official Misfits book. Alexandra Wall is a BAFTA-nominated online producer working in television, social media and the web, specialising in content strategy, social media management and multiplatform narratives.
Thursday 20 June
Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University
In his BAFTA Creative Skillset Guest Lecture Rob will discuss his craft and career as he has emerged as one of the most in demand cinematographers working today. Rob will offer practical advice on developing your craft and the camera department, how he collaborates with directors and filmmakers, working in both shorts, features and television drama, as well as offering advice to those at the start of their careers about breaking in to the industry.