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Rob Aramayo

Netflix Casting

By | Course News, Drama & Theatre, Film Studies, Government & Politics, Media, News, Performing Arts

Former Wyke student, Rob Aramayo, continues to climb the ladder of stardom, appearing in many notable film and television productions since graduating from the prestigious Julliard School, New York.

Recently, Rob has been confirmed in the casting of a new Netflix psychological thriller, “Behind Her Eyes”. The series is an adaptation of Sarah Pinborough’s best-selling novel of the same name. Rob will appear alongside established household names, Simona Brown, Tom Bateman and Eve Hewson.

The production tells the story of Louise, a single mother and secretary who is stuck in a rut. On a night out she meets and kisses David, a young successful man, who turns out to be her new boss. To complicate matters she meets Adele, a new friend in town, who turns out to be David’s wife. As she becomes obsessed with the couple and entangled in the web of their marriage, they reach out to her. But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks.

The drama is currently in production and will be released on Netflix in 2020.

students standing in front of the remains of the Berlin Wall

Stasi, Spionage und Showbusiness in Berlin 2019

By | College Trips, Film Studies, German, History, News

In the very wee hours of the morning, the Berlin trip departed from Wyke Sixth Form College for 4 very full days of history, culture, participation in the Berlinale film festival and German language!  17 students, largely from the German and Film departments and 2 staff enjoyed a veritable smorgasbord of activities throughout the week and fell into bed exhausted every night, after averaging 22,000 steps each day!

On the first day we ascended the Berliner Fernsehturm, the tallest building in Europe. In the 1960s, the GDR government arranged to have the TV Tower built at its current location, with the aim of demonstrating the strength and efficiency of the socialist system in mind.  Today the Tower defines the silhouette of Germany’s capital city – a symbol of the reunified Germany, just like the Brandenburg Gate. We also saw a very moving Japanese film called ’37 seconds,’ which followed the struggles of a 23 year-old woman with cerebral palsy as she navigates the world of work and sexual relations. A real eye-opener, providing food for thought for all.

The next day we all visited the highly informative DDR museum, a vast treasure trove of East German artefacts and memorabilia with real insights into life behind the iron curtain. A well-balanced experience, the museum described the underbelly of socialism – how the elite, whilst preaching equality for all, creamed off the luxury goods, had private healthcare and escaped to secret holiday destinations.  The students experienced life in a Stasi prison cell and the lack of creature comforts in the Plattenbauten (GDR concrete apartment blocks). On the other hand the interactive displays described a happy life under socialism – where nature was appreciated, sport was encouraged and a feeling of community was engendered.  Because of the shortage of basic goods and the lack of choice, materialistic consumption was not an issue and people enjoyed sharing with one another, camaraderie and building a life for the greater good.  After time for shopping and eating, which all thoroughly embraced, we headed over to the Zoo Palast for our second film screening, namely ‘Bulbul can sing,’ an Indian European premiere about 3 teenagers on the verge of adulthood.  The experience of first love puts them under the pressure of high expectations and strict moral codes of the villagers, resulting in tragic consequences.  Students gained a real insight into the cultural differences across the globe, especially when the director appeared live on stage to do Q&A.  We also found time to pay our respects to the victims of the terrorist attacks of 2016 when a truck drove through the Berlin Christmas market outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedaechtnis-Kirche, a bombed church, deliberately left in its post-war ruined state to act as a daily reminder of the horrors of war.  In the evening, after a delicious curry, we had an audio tour of the Reichstag, the German houses of parliament which had previously been burnt down during Hitler’s reign and had been re-built with a glass dome by architect Norman Foster, enabling one to look down on the government when they are in session, the idea being that the people are ‘above’ the government. Germany’s aim was to create an open building where politics are ‘transparent’ and not hidden, unlike those of the Nazi era. On the return to the hotel, we happened upon a very lively German busker who was keen to indulge their requests – I shall never hear John Denver’s ‘Take me home, country roads’ again without reflecting on how our jolly bunch sang and danced along!

The third day saw us split into 2 groups, in which film students went to see an American teen film about the disappearance and subsequent death of a schoolgirl. The film bordered on experimental and was reported as being somewhat absurd, with the events driving the inhabitants into a nightmare of angst and suddenly revealing strange personal details about themselves. Students found it quite quirky yet sinister, however they appreciated the creativity of the director in her use of bizarre visuals.

The German and history contingent spent the morning meandering down the Bernauer Strasse, a famous ‘memorial street’ which was cleaved in half overnight as the Berlin Wall was constructed. Locals jumped out of their windows to avoid being trapped in the GDR, some being caught in blankets held outstretched by the West German fire brigade. Many of these horrifying escape attempts ended in death and the street tells the poignant stories of many individuals who did not escape unscathed, serving simultaneously as a museum and memorial. The tall visitor centre enabled us all to look at a preserved section of the Todesstreife (death strip) with its bleak watchtowers and barbed wire fencing.  In the afternoon we ventured to the East Side Gallery, the last remaining section of the Wall, 1.3km in length, upon which political / controversial art is exhibited.  Students really enjoyed interpreting the meaning of said art and graffiti, for instance where Honecker is kissing Brezhnev, in a supposedly fraternal gesture of friendship, although many view it as satirical.  Later we all reconvened to visit the Holocaust memorial and to reflect on the horrors and magnitude of the suffering of the Jews under the Nazi regime. The memorial consists of 2711 concrete pillars of varying heights erected on a slope, with the ground underneath undulating.  As you walk deeper into the memorial, the blocks become taller, shutting out the light and you easily become disoriented. Many students experienced uncertainty, a feeling of oppression, a sense of giddiness and felt that the smoothness of the concrete left no way of vertical escape. A moving plenary followed this.  We watched our penultimate film screening at the rather glamorous Haus der Kulturen der Welt which was ‘Guo Chun Tian’, a Chinese film about a teen smuggling iphones across the Hong Kong border, in a bid for independence and to raise money for a long-desired trip abroad. We experienced the ups and downs of the girl’s emotions and experiences and most enjoyed the insight into the people who commute daily between Mainland China and Hong Kong. The subsequent Q&A with the director and main stars was riveting and provided some great tips for budding filmmakers, such as our students!  We then sauntered to the fabulous Lindenbräu restaurant in the impressive Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz where we all gorged on some very tasty and satisfying Bavarian fare.

Our final day saw us heading to Checkpoint Charlie, a famous crossing point on the Berlin Wall and was accompanied by a trip to the Mauermuseum there: Haus am Checkpoint Charlie where gruesome stories and documents describe attempts to escape over, under or through the Berlin wall; many of which were near misses.  In the afternoon we split off again with the German students delving into the very strange world of global secret service organisations at the interactive Spionage Museum.  Upon discovering an early German enigma machine and other gadgets utilised by secret agents, I fear our students were a little too keen to join MI6! They rather overlooked the whole ‘risking your life’ element and assassinations by Bulgarian umbrella.  The film students were meanwhile watching a screening of ‘We are little zombies’, a tale of 4 orphaned Japanese children and their lives after the deaths of their parents, involving a good dose of tragedy, comedy and social criticism, as they start a rock band together.   Finally, after a hearty lunch and final chance to spend our remaining Euros in the Arkaden at Potsdamer Platz, we hefted our luggage back to Schoenefeld airport in readiness for our return flight to Manchester. We were back at Wyke at 0100 on Friday morning, exhausted but uplifted.

The trip participants were absolute an absolute pleasure to lead around Berlin. Punctual, organised, enthusiastic and at all times respectful – even waiters commented on their politeness and overall comportment.  They soaked up all the experiences offered to them, asked pertinent questions and were cautiously adventurous. Harvi and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with them – they were a delight, keenly trying out new foods and Berlin specialities.  Have any of you tried Currywurst, a Spezi, Kaiserschmarren, Gulasch mit Knödel und Rotkraut, a proper Turkish Döner or a KiBa? Go on. I dare you.

 

Heather Lorch

Teacher of German

A Level Film Studies

Extra Work For Film Students

By | College Trips, Course News, Film Studies, Media, News, On Campus

Both first and second year A level Film Studies students had the opportunity to step in front of the camera when they became “extras” at a feature film shoot.

The title of the film is a closely guarded secret and students had to commit to a non-disclosure agreement with the film producers. This meant no mobiles on set and an agreement not to distribute material through social media.

The film, a psychological thriller based around an enigmatic relationship, will be released in UK cinemas in 2019. Students spent the day at the KCOM stadium, the location of a flashback sequence, shooting the days rushes.

Harvi Kaur, A Level Film Studies teacher, coordinated the opportunity and said, “Taking part in a real film shoot enabled students to experience the technical process and the scale of production required to create a feature film.”

Film Studies at Wyke is one of a family of courses that supports creative students. These include Media Studies, Creative Digital Media, Photography, Graphic Design and Performing Arts. Applications are now open for 2019 and interviews are currently beginning scheduled. To avoid disappointed, we recommend that students apply by February 2019.

Introducing the Wyke Student Media Team!

By | Creative Media, Drama & Theatre, English, Film Studies, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Media, Music, News, Performing Arts, Photography, Physical Education, Sport, Uncategorised

What is the Student Media Team?

Fancy a career in the media or just want to get involved in some amazing projects? The Wyke Sixth Form College Voluntary Student Media Team is brand new this year and brings together different media platforms to help you gain experience for your future or simply follow an interest.

We are looking for students to take up the role of Journalists, Presenters, Camera Crew, Social Media Content Managers, Content Editors, Video Editors, Photographers and Graphic Designers to help cover news, events and activities from around the College including student successes, sports competitions, charity days and awards evenings. You may even have your own ideas for a project.

If you are interested in joining email marklucid@wyke.ac.uk stating which role you are interested in, along with a short personal statement introducing yourself and why you will be good for the role! Application deadline is Friday 30th November. 

 

Available Job Roles and Descriptions

Journalists

We are looking for student journalists to research, write and assemble together news stories from around the College in print and online. The aim of this job is to keep your audience abreast and interested of the events around the College.

Photographers

If you have a keen eye for detail then this job may be for you. We need a small team of photographers to use a variety of photographic equipment to capture moments of events, people, objects or scenes from around the College.

Graphic Designers

As a graphic designer you will design art/graphics for use in all media products such as magazines, advertisements and social/web posts.

Camera Crew

The camera crew will be responsible for operating all camera equipment both in College and out on location to creatively frame and capture action. Other responsibilities include; planning, preparing and rehearsing scenes, assembling and setting up equipment and adjusting sound and lighting.

Video Editor

As a film or video editor, you’ll be responsible for assembling recorded raw material into a finished product that’s suitable for broadcasting. The material may include camera footage, dialogue, sound effects, graphics and special effects.

Content Editors

We are looking for students with excellent grammar and communication skills and a keen interest in publishing to support all stages of the publication of; online material, publicity materials, news articles and more.

Presenters

We are recruiting confident student presenters to provide a voice or face to a range of shows and videos to feature live, on WykeTV and the internet. Key tasks include; writing and rehearsing scripts, presenting on news and activities from around the College and conducting interviews.

Social Media Content Managers

Social media content managers are needed to create informative and engaging content for the Wyke website and for Wyke’s social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The social media content manager will work closely alongside the Journalist to gather content and then adapt this for online purposes.

Transformers: The Last Knight

King of the Screen

By | Community, Drama & Theatre, English, Film Studies, History, Media, News, On Campus, Performing Arts

If you’ve recently streamed the latest Transformers movie you may have spotted a former Wyke student in the cast.

Liam Garrigan plays the role of the legendary King Arthur in a scene narrated by Anthony Hopkins in the latest instalment of the global sci-fi franchise “Transformers: The Last Knight”. After studying A level Theatre Studies, History and English Literature at Wyke, Liam attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Soon after graduating from drama school Liam became a household name, playing the role of Nic Yorke in the BBC TV drama Holtby City. Since then he has appeared in a number of film, television and theatre productions in both the UK and USA.

In between his busy schedule, Liam finds the time to return to Wyke to offer advance to our current performing arts students. Drama teacher Andy Feetom says that having regular input from working actors is invaluable. “Alongside Liam, we have also had talks from other successful former Wyke students, such as Rob Aramayo (Harley and the Davidsons, Game of Thrones) and Marc Pickering (Sleep Hollow, Boardwalk Empire). The students really appreciate the opportunity to question former students who had been there and done it.”

At present, the Drama department are in the early stages of this year’s cross-college production, “P T Barnum, the Greatest Showman”. For further information on the college’s outstanding drama and performing arts provision, visit Wyke at our up-coming open events.

Victoria series 3

Back to the 1850s

By | College Trips, Community, Course News, Drama & Theatre, Film Studies, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Media, News, Performing Arts, Photography

BTEC Creative Digital Media students will be stepping back over 150 years as they visit the set of an internationally acclaimed television period drama.

Over three days the cast and crew of Mammoth Screen have been shooting scenes for series 3 of “Victoria” on High Street in the Old Town of Hull. Against a backdrop on cobbled lanes and fine Victorian architecture, the High Street has been dressed to disguise any indication of modern life. Street lighting has been covered with stacks of wooden barrels, period posters have been placed over modern billboards and the yellow double lines have been painted over in a dull grey paint. These simple changes have made one of Hull’s most famous streets the ideal film set.

Rebecca Ives, Head of Media and Film at Wyke, is using the occasion to inform her students about the employment opportunities in the wider media industry. She said, “On Friday I will be talking two groups of BTEC Media students to observe the media industry in action. It’s great for students to experience the scale and professionalism of such a well-respected television drama. Not only will they see the use of camera, sound and lighting, they will also see the supporting assistant directors, the set dressers and continuity assistants.”

Mammoth Screen selected Hull over many other rival locations. The scenes shot on the High Street will form 15 minutes of action on screen when the new series is aired later this year.

Media Studies

Model Music Video

By | Course News, Creative Media, Film Studies, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Media, News, Photography, Uncategorised

The deadline for A level Media Studies and A level Film Studies coursework is approaching. As students are putting the final touches to their submissions, it’s an opportunity to view some of the outstanding work produced by this years creatives.

First up is Maisie Tongeman’s re-working of “1 Night” by Mura Masa & Charli XCX. The video stars a retro shop manikin bought off eBay, shot in a local hotel room and the newly developed Humber Street area. Excellent art direction, skillful editing and quality cinematography – it’s a great piece of work. Well done Maisie!

The full video is available to view on the College’s YouTube site alongside other student production. https://youtu.be/enTmAjogfFI

Kofi Smiles

Kofi gets Social

By | Community, Course News, Drama & Theatre, English, Film Studies, Media, Music, Performing Arts

Kofi Smiles, the BBC “Face of 2017 Hull UK City of Culture” has contacted Wyke Media and Film department to discuss an exciting new online platform. ‘The Social’, a website for 18-35 year olds, is made up of content for them and produced by them.

Kofi has an interesting way of describing this new hybrid concept. “Think of it as if BBC Three and YouTube had a baby and then raise it in Hull and the East Riding.”

The project has already been successfully launched in Scotland with those contributing to the site using it as a gateway to producing work for BBC Three, BBC iPlayer and Netflix. To get a better understanding of the possibilities visit https://www.facebook.com/bbcthesocial

Kofi is now gathering together enthusiastic partners who would be interested in participating in this project, hence he contacted Wyke. “We are literally just getting started so right now we’re looking to see who’s out there, who’s creating, who’s interested in taking part, who’s got great ideas and who want to be part of this in the next few months.

This can be anyone, 18-35, film makers, music makers, script writers, comedians, videographers, bloggers, vloggers, gamers, sport enthusiasts, any individual who wants to do something or has something so say.”

The initiative is still in early stages of development and Wyke will be inviting Kofi to speak to students on campus in the coming months.

Great Swift

Summer Trend Setter

By | Accounting, Course News, Film Studies, Media, News

It’s not every day you get to comment on what Rita Ora is wearing but this is what Greta Swift was doing during the summer.

Greta, a former A level Media Studies student, spent August on work placement for Trinity Mirror. She was working as a journalist for the Sunday Mirror’s magazine, Notebook – a lifestyle supplement covering fashion, beauty and celebrity interviews .

You can see the double page spreads that Greta produced on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WykeSixthFormCollege/. Whilst on placement Greta also wrote make-up reviews for the ‘tried & tested’ column, sat in on news conferences and submitted pieces for the Daily Mirror newspaper.

Later this Autumn Greta is returning to Leeds Beckett University to compete her BA(Hons)Media, Communications and Cultures degree. She said, “I’m really enjoying my media based course at University and I’m forever grateful for all the help I had throughout my Media A level at Wyke.”