In January I was asked if I would like to return to the university at which I studied my undergraduate degre
e, to deliver a two part lecture to the third year Media Production students. The first hour was to be on the subject on forming and running a company in the media, and the second part on making films and how this links into our overall business plan.
The sight of the cathedral was always a welcoming site when returning to Lincoln as a student, and this has not changed. Viewing it, all lit up from the train through the freezing rain still instantly put me at ease.
Waking up the next morning, a cold that had been slowly trying to take hold for the previous few days finally broke through, stealing my voice and giving me a running nose. With the prospect of talking to a full lecture theatre, the nerves started to kick in the for the first time, as I contemplated that my ability to talk could disappear completely over the course of the two hours.
Meeting Head of Media Production, Issie Sleight, in the Atrium building, my nerves started to settle. She was very laid back and briefed me that I should try to show that our company works with people across all disciplines taught on the course such as photographers, sound designers and web skills.
I was seriously impressed with the level and enthusiasm of the questions posed by the students afterwards. Even when the lights went up, a large number of students came forward to ask about subjects ranging from how to produce a project from nothing through to market research before starting a business. We decided to take this discussion to The Shed (a bar near the lecture theatres) to continue with answering all I could.
The next day, I was greeted by a number of very complimentary e-mails and tweets about the lecture, which considering the cold, I was over the moon to hear. The students seriously impressed me with their level of knowledge and passion for their subjects. I hope to be able to return again one day to do another lecture.
It has now been confirmed that I will get to deliver a lecture on making short films to the MA Producing Film and TV course at Royal Holloway, University of London on 24th February this year.