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 The first ever Knowledge Transfer Partnership at the University Of The West Of Scotland’s School of Creative & Cultural Industries was officially signed off this morning.  Full details of the history of the project can be found here.
The bespoke training video which we created for Steve Briggs, Operations Manager  at Law At Work is now in post production at our Ayr studios where it is being graded and a fine edit carried out by diretor Chris Young. The training video, which covers all aspects of discrimination at work will be officially launched early next year when Law At Work rebrand their website and begin the marketing phase of the project. 
This Short KTP  has proved so successful that we currently have at least five others  in development with clients as diverse as a Recruitment Agency, an Organic Ice Cream maker, and company involved in the Scottish Football Associaton’s Get Fit Campaign. 
Each of these projects will involve under graduate or Post Graduate students from the UWS’s School Of Creative Industries going out and creating material for a specific client by sharing and developing knowledge gained  at University . In this way, Industry and University develop a relationship which can enhance the learning experience provided by  the former, and the balance sheet of the latter. I’ll keep you posted for the launch date in the New Year. If you think that your firm might benefit from just such a project, please get in touch with our Knowledge Transfer Staff  in the  IRO office at the University Of The West Of Scotland. 

News From Write Camera Action 

Hi everyone, check out these two great opportunities!

1) Lead Actress required for a short Horror film due to shoot in March. Seeking a talented,good looking actress between 25-30 for the female lead.  Please contact Producer Richard Conte at   with headshots and c.v.

2) Actors of all ages and genders required who are interested in performing comedy sketches for Comedy Unit’s podcast. Comedy Unit’s productions include Rab. C. Nesbit, BurnistounThe Limmy Show and Still Game. They have given a (see contact below for Paddy Kondracki Production) sketch group the chance to produce a 15 minute segment for their new podcast.

The podcast is mostly for creating an audience and for developing, and experimenting with material. And is also a chance for performers to get noticed and showcase their talent. Unfortunately the production company is not paying us so we cannot pay actors. The sketches contain a variety of characters. So we are looking for all sorts of performers and actors.
Performers will be encouraged to improvise (and occasionally bring ideas ‘to the table’) although this is not a requirement.

Recording will take place sometime between Dec 13 th and 21st in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. With auditions being held in both Edinburgh and Glasgow sometime in the next week (8th till 15th of Dec). (Although it is worth applying if you can’t make those dates as recordings will be taking place monthly.) This is a good opportunity to be heard by a wide range of listeners and to gain recognition within one of Scotland’s biggest TV production companies. It may lead to regular work for each monthly episode.

If interested send actors CV and availability for auditions to   Or if want to know more, and perhaps want some sample sketches then you can email the same address or phone 07733383381.


I am forwarding this from my colleagues at Step2CollaboTV . If you have a five minute short which you think may fit the bill, then get moving now.

A message to all members of Step2CollaboTV

We’ve had an amazing response to our competition so far with over 70 brilliant short films, but we’re greedy and we want more. The deadline has been extended to the 13th January 2011, submit your film here to win £500!

Dates to remembers:

  • 13th January 2011 – Deadline
  • 20th January 2011 – 10 shortlisted films get announced
  • 27th January 2011 – The winning film is revealed

Step2TV ‘Something Special’ Film Competition

We’re looking for short films that are special to you. Step2TV support growing talent and for the best film we’re giving away £500 cash! So whether your an experienced filmmaker or new to the film world we’re interested in seeing your ‘special film’.

Its free to submit your film and we welcome all film genres from animation to documentary, drama to comedy. Extended deadline – 13th January 2011. Good luck!


  • Embed your film on Step2Collabo.TV.
  • Your title must start with [Something Special]
  • Include a brief of your film and any related information
  • Your film must be under 5 minutes in length
  • Only films under 2 years old can be used in this competition
  • Open to residents of the UK and Ireland

Keep in the loop with further updates by following us on Twitter – @step2tv

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Some fab stills of one of our short film projects. Shot at a temperature of -10 C.
Thanks to Eileen Frater for the post.

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 Heh guys!  The new WarCry productions featuring a cast and crew made up of UWS students.  . The event is also helping to raise money for the homeless…so good karma points as well!

“WarCry Productions present Anthony Neilson’s ‘The Night Before Christmas’. It’s Christmas Eve in Glasgow and two guys, one prostitute and a possible elf are about to uncover the dark truth about Christmas.

Directed by Andrew Campbell
Written by Anthony Neilson
Starring Angela Taylor, Ross Hunter, Sandy Jack, Victoria Cassidy, Kester Dunn, Alys-Rose Green, Calum Hart and Chris Thorburn

Admission £8 (20% of proceeds got to Shelter)

16th/17th December
Market Inn, Ayr
Tickets on the door”

Sam Love, one of our talented young film makers is in dire need of two actors for his project on our Ayr Campus . Can you help? This could be a good one for your showreel. If you are near Ayr, please emailPlease email Sam at the email  adress below.
Actors in need: Commercial Homage
Sam Love []
Sent: 06 December 2010 00:10

Commercial Script Synopsis:

A steely, sexy, female voice introduces us to the year 2011. The world is under the tight grip of government organisation known as “Dark Light” dealing with water distribution for the entire planet. We follow a car on a dark road as the distant sound of a security breach stops audiences settling in. On top of all this are the voices of two men talking – tough men – in a large plush office. A rough hero confronting an uptight suit. The car pulls up – the sound of machine gun fire – they are security. Our hero is out of time. But he has the answer to everyone’s problems – RUSTY CAGE LAGER!

About Production:

Filming will take place this week, a more specific schedule can still be worked out. Filming should take just one day as the commercial is 59 seconds in length. It’s a homage project, my homage is to the inspirational John Carpenter and as such the character of CRAVEN is in the vain of Kurt Russell mixed with Roddy Piper’s Nada and Darwin Joston’s Napoleon Wilson from “Escape From New York”, “They Live” &  ”Assault on Precinct 13″. HAUK is a literal steal of the character HAUK from “Escape From New York”. How can you resist the temptation to kick ass like Kurt Russell?



HAUK: Male


Anywhere from early 20′s or older (especially for the character HAUK)


CRAVEN: Any kind of fit build, not too short or too tall.

HAUK: Slimmer than our hero


I’m not being too specific on this one, whoever feels they really want to take on the roles, I just want to see enthusiasm, a good attitude, show me why you think you can make it work. Come as you are with your talent and I am more than happy to work with you – I don’t want to not give talented people the opportunity due to a few insignificant complications.

What the Role asks for:

It’s a very short piece, it comes across as over the top but I want the piece to look high-tech and serious so I would ask actors to play the roles straight and it’s really keeping in line with Carpenter’s undermining of right wing society, problems with authority and paranoia, all about creating a heavy atmosphere with as little as possible. So we need a hard ass and a slimy corporate bad guy – it should be a lot of fun!

*** Thank you all for taking time to read this, I hope I’ve sparked some enthusiasm and I apologise for it being so short notice – but any help is very much appreciated I look forward to working with whomever is interested, it’s great for your showcase and we can even work again in the future – thanks for reading! ***

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Filmmakers United

A message to all members of Filmmakers United

Hi Guys,

tonight we are filming in the Piccadilly Circus area in London and were wondering if any of you wanted to join us. Its a fun project just shooting around that area. Text or email me to +447818830551  email  


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This is the view from my study window.Snowed in now since last Saturday. I am supposed to be writing a play set in the Adriatic tourist town of Rimini . Talk about the suspension of disbelief!
For some reason my thoughts keep drifting off to a new movie idea…. “The Big Perthshire Chill”… Or how about “Scots Of The Antarctic” ?


A small piece of good news from my colleague  Paul Tucker 

A team of Broadcast Production students has received a nomination in this years Royal Television Society’s Student Television Awards.

‘A Hound’s Day Out’ made by Jamie Hare, Karen Kinghorn, Lauren Alexander and Jen Sharp, received the nomination in the Undergraduate Factual Section.

The twenty minute observational documentary film was originally made for the third year TV production (b) module taught by Kirsten MacLeod.

The awards ceremony will be in January.  Fingers crossed for them and the Broadcast Production Team at UWS Ayr.
Paul Tucker considering the purchase of a Three D Camera for the UWS Broadcast Production Course. 

This is just to remind you that if you wish to write a short story for the See Me Creative Writing Competition 2010, the closing date is fast approaching!  Details of the Competition and entry forms can be found at


Some details:

Short story of up to 1500 words
Poetry with maximum of 42 lines
Tweet 140 characters (including #seemescot hashtag).


The theme is Support.


Open to anyone in Scotland.


Prizes:  £250 of Amazon vouchers for each of the three categories + entry into anthology of the best entries.

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