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Emilia Barry

Aspiring Film Producer

By | Awards, Community, Course News, Film Studies, Fine Art, French, Media

Former Wyke Sixth Form College student, Emilia Barry, has spent the last couple of months overseeing the pre-production of Young Adults, a short film in association with the National Youth Film Academy.

After collecting her A level results in Film Studies, French and Fine Art this summer, Emilia will leave for London’s Ravensbourne University where she hopes to pursue her lifelong dream of working in the industry.

She said: “My obsession with cinema started when I was about four-years-old. I became really obsessed with Tim Burton after seeing Corpse Bride because that was the first film that made me cry and I developed a massive love for him and all of his films.

“Then when I was eight I watched the academy awards and I sort of got this sense that this is where I belonged and this is where my future was going to be.

“So from that point onwards on knew the film industry was the industry I wanted to work in it was just figuring out where I wanted to work that was a challenge.”

“I went through phases of wanting to work in all different types of roles and then when I was 16 I worked with BFI to produce my first ever short film and I realised that I’m sort of a natural producer.

“Ultimately I’d like to be a producer/writer/director but right now I’m focusing very much on producing because that’s the thing I need to learn the most for.”

She said being an aspiring filmmaker in Hull isn’t easy but more distinguished names from the area are often willing to lend a hand.

“It’s definitely more challenging than it is for a lot of my friends in the industry who are based in the south or bigger places like Manchester where the film industry is more prominent,” she said.

“But it is still absolutely possible to get involved with it from Hull.

“There are a few big film makers from Hull such as Chris Hees and Sean McAllister – if you can in touch with them or get involved with BFI then that can be a great opportunity, if you really prove yourself to them and then they will be a reference for you.”

This year her A level results will be determined by predicated grades and coursework. What had promised to be a hectic few months suddenly became a clear schedule. Emilia took full advantage of the time, throwing herself into the production of Young Adults.

She said: “At the start of May I was put in touch with 14 other people who were aged between 16 and 26 from all around the country.

“I’d never met them before and we all had to come together to come up with a concept for a film and then just create it.

“My job in this has been pretty major so far because it’s all been pre-production. I had to spend pretty much every day of lockdown down on meetings, with emails, and dealing with paperwork.

“We’ve also been doing a lot of script surgery and contacting businesses, making sure everyone knows what’s going on and trying to establish locations for the film, additional casting and everything.”

She described the film as a part coming of age tale and part family drama, with a focus on the tensions within families.

As part of the project the team must raise funds to meet the production costs of the film which includes equipment, locations, casting, distribution and advertising.

Visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/young-adults-short-film to help Emilia reach the £8,000 production target.

 

Media Studies

Preparing for Study: A Level Media

By | Course News, Media

If you are in Year 11 and starting to think about preparing for your A Level Media course at Wyke, there are a variety of free online resources available that we would recommend using; The Open University and Future Learn.

Both websites offer free short courses covering a wide range of fascinating and current topics including:

  • Gender representation in the media
  • Connecting films with audiances
  • Sport media and culture

These are really useful for doing some deeper reading, getting a head start on your subject along with exploring university/career pathways and identifying how your subjects relate to everyday life and society.

They also provide a great way to discover potential EPQ topics if you are looking to include this course in your study programme.

Student working in the library on her Extended Project Qualification

Calling all aspiring screenwriters!

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

Writing is a great creative outlet, especially during times like these. So how about turning to script writing as a way to channel those creative energies?

The BBC Writer’s Room is currently running a competition called ‘InterConnected’.

They are looking for original short-form scripts whose characters are now in isolation but connecting with each other via video conferencing.

The deadline for this competition is Monday 30th March.

Do you want give it a go? Here are a few guidelines:

  • Scripts must be between 5 and 10 minutes in length (around 5-10 pages)
  • Scripts must contain between 2 and 4 characters
  • Characters must be over the age of 16

For more information, follow the link to the main page: https://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/interconnected

The winning scripts will be produced with professional actors and released on BBC platforms throughout April. The selected scripts will each receive £300.

You don’t need to have previous experience of script writing, and if you’re thinking “I’ve never written a script before” don’t worry, the BBC Writer’s Room website has plenty of advice and an archive of published scripts to help you get an idea of how to format your work.

Head of English, Jamie Farrow, is happy to read your work and provide feedback. If you’d like him to do this, please make sure you email him your submission by the morning of Saturday 28th March.

Good luck!

#MakeItHappen

Media Career for Millie

By | Course News, Media

Former Winifred Holtby Academy Head Girl Millie is now enjoying the first year of her degree, studying Media at The University of Salford.

Over the next three years, Millie will be advancing on topics covered during her A Level course. She will be located at the impressive Salford campus which is partnered with Media City, the home of the BBC and ITV in the North of England.

Millie really enjoyed her creative courses at Wyke, especially the practical element of creating a new fashion magazine brand which ultimately inspired her to take this career further.

Speaking of her time at Wyke, Millie said: “My love for the subject started with my Media coursework where we made a new fashion brand. It all branched from there, I was really into the Marketing side of this online.

I would strongly recommend choosing A Level Media Studies if you are creative like me, the course and the teachers are amazing.”

We wish Millie the very best as she continues with her studies.

Radio 1

Let’s Talk About Sex

By | Media, News, On Campus

Today BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat’s Nesta McGregor visited Wyke to interview students about their experiences of sexual health education in school.

The news programme, which is aimed at a target audience of 16-24 year olds, is broadcast worldwide via BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1XTRA and the BBC Sounds app.

Six students, Joe, Arthur, Tyler, Ryan, Nadia and Meg, were interviewed about their thoughts on sexual health education lessons and what they think could be done to improve them.

Nesta’s visit comes after a joint report by the Terrence Higgins Trust and the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, claimed that spending on sexual health education in England has been cut by 25% since 2014.

It follows on from the announcement that sexual health education will become a statutory feature in all schools and colleges in England in September 2020, in accordance to the proposals made in March 2017 by then Education Secretary, Justine Greening.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Nesta for taking the time to come and speak to our students.

flyers programme

Top 10% Status Confirmed!

By | Awards, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Media, News, Physics, Sociology

Wyke Sixth Form College are proudly celebrating another exceptionally successful year. The Department for Education 16-18 performance tables, published today, confirm that Wyke is “the best” A level provider in Hull, the East Riding and North Lincolnshire, placing us in the top 10% of all schools and colleges in the country.

In addition, Ofsted’s recently published Inspection Data Summary Report, highlights our students’ achievements as significantly above the national average. Students studying Biology, Sociology, Chemistry, Physics, Sport/PE and Graphics make particularly significant progress.

Examples of Wyke students who made exceptional progress are former Sirius West student, Bongani Mathema who gained a place on BSc(Hons) Sports & Exercise Science at Loughborough University with three A*s in Biology, PE and Psychology. Will Brandrick, former Baysgarth student, achieved three As in science to secure a place to study Medicine at Lincoln University. And, in an amazing year, former Hessle High student, Daisy Betts won a national dance competition, and gained A*\A\A in Dance, PE and Criminology to move onto a Dance degree at LIPA.

Wyke’s GCSE success is also highlighted in the document. Students on our foundation year, re-taking their GCSEs, are making notable progress. 68% of students who didn’t achieve a GCSE pass in English at school have improved by a grade, with 62% who didn’t achieve a GCSE pass in maths, making similar progress.

Alongside our A level students, 80% of students on vocational programmes, including Health & Social Care, Applied Law, Sport, Music Technology, Creative Media, Performing Arts, Applied Science and IT, achieve the equivalent of three A*s.

In this academic year, outstanding results accompany other indicators of excellence. Our Sport, PE and Dance teachers won the Pearson Teaching Team of the Year Award, eight students have received offers from Oxbridge and our Pre-medical Programme has grown by over 100%.

Principal Paul Britton said, “I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work, determination and effort that all our students and staff put into ensuring that the young people of Hull, East Riding and North Lincolnshire can achieve exceptional success.  These results show that we are well on our way to being the best sixth form college in the country.”

Wyke are currently interviewing students for a September start and welcome applications through the college website, wyke.ac.uk, LogOnMoveOn and Lincs2u.

 

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.

Stuart Lilford

A Level Media Studies Conference Day

By | Course News, IT & Computing, Media, News, On Campus

The Wyke Media Department welcome Hull University academic Stuart Lilford to the college this week. Stuart, who lectures in Game Design, will be discussing issues of media regulation, censorship, age certification together with legal and ethical considerations in game development, to A level Media Studies students.

Before taking up his post at Hull, Stuart worked for a number of prestigious companies, such as Rare and Codemasters. He also developed his own gaming titles. Time Stone, a point and click adventure game that won the 2013 Adventure Game Studio Award for Best Short Game, and Splodey Vaders, is a mobile game available on Android.

Read more about Stuart’s independent games development company at https://scared-square-games.itch.io/

 

Digital Skills Conference

Digital Skills Conference

By | Course News, IT & Computing, Media, News, On Campus

Students with an interest in Computing, IT and Media attended a Digital Skills Conference in February, hosted by the University of Hull. Wyke students joined their peers from colleges across the Venn Partnership as part of an initiative organised by Wilberforce Sixth Form College.

Ben Wallis, Wilberforce Vice-Principal, addressed the opening of the conference to an audience of 200 tech-savvy students. Ben highlighted the rapid pace of change that the digital industries had experienced and how Moore’s Law was continuing to accelerate.

Contributors from major employers through to emerging companies were part of the agenda. John Polling from Sauce software development was keen to highlight the many routes students can take post-college. He said, “Students should also consider advanced apprenticeships as an alternative to the traditional university pathway.”

In the afternoon, the day concluded with an opportunity to network with the guest speakers and tour the university campus. Wyke Careers Coordinator, Vicky Riseham said, “This is such a great opportunity for students to talk face-to-face with their potential future employer.”

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.