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Media course students at the Wigston campus in North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) have benefited from the insights of renowned television director Andy De Emmony in a directing masterclass.

Andy has directed many high profile film and television shows, working with actors such as Michael Caine, David Tennant, Julie Walters, Michael Sheen and Ray Winstone. His notable works include West is West, Four Children and It, Red Dwarf and The Last Kingdom. He won a BAFTA for Father Ted and received nominations for his work on Spitting Image, Cutting It, The Canterbury Tales and Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!. Andy is currently working on The Larkins for ITV.

During the master class, Andy directed the students, who are taking part in a Level 3 media programme, in a scene from the ITV drama ‘Him’ where they had to learn a script and film their own performances. As part of this session, the students had the opportunity to ask Andy questions about his career and he was able to provide many ‘behind the scenes’ insights into how the industry works and how best to start a career. Andy’s advice also extended to the practical aspects of shooting scenes and bringing scripts to life.

Andy said: “The television industry continues to expand in this new golden era of streamers, with more quality content than ever before. I think it’s important that we bring diverse talent and skills to the sector from across the UK. My goal is to show students the variety of jobs and opportunities available and the real possibilities of working in the television and film industry. It was great fun doing a simple workshop with the students to demystify the process.”

Media Tutor at NWSLC Harvey Sharman-Dunn said: “We are very grateful to Andy for visiting our students as he has on previous occasions. He provided useful insight into the processes of filmmaking, from working with scripts to setting up scenes and camera angles. Andy also shared hints and tips on how to be perceived by set and production designers. He highlighted career opportunities in media hubs such as London, which will soon be home to a new Amazon studio, as well as Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and Scotland. And of course Leicester is home to an emerging cultural district if students want to work closer to home.”

Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Principal and Chief Executive of NWSLC, said, “What a fantastic opportunity for our media students to learn first-hand about filmmaking careers from such an experienced and talented director. Part of our mission at the college is to provide students with career paths to follow once they have earned their qualifications and to provide them with inspiration and insight into the practical aspects of working in their chosen sector.”

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