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Last week was the first recording run  through of the TV Studios at the University Of The West Of Scotland‘s new 80 million pound campus in Ayr. Camera Acting students from the Contemporary Screen Acting Programme were recording the first ever series of screen dialogues at the new campus. Students re-enact duologue scenes from movies such “Juno”, “Bridesmaids” and  ”Let The Right One In” in order to gain experience of working in a multi-camera studio set up. The above photo shows 4th year honours student  Alana Murray working on the production of her multi-media Creative Project with her cast.

Along with the finest radio and music studios in Scotland, UWS Ayr now boasts two  state of the art HD studios with Green Screen Technology,  Autocue, and top of the range sound and editing facilities. There is space for large scale productions such as dramas, orchestral performances and musical theatre, as well as room for up to 30 students to view the process from the gallery.

The feedback from the students has been very positive. Debbie Lochran commented ” This is fantastic. I’ve never seen a set up like this before anywhere else. You get the idea that you could create any programme you wanted”

Rachel Kennedy preps her Gaelic Children's programme

Zoe Silver said ” I feel like a real professional. The first job I had to do was to be a camera operator in headphone contact with the control room and it went really well”.

Jess Munro commented “I’ve never acted in a studio before, but within minutes I had forgotten about the cameras and lights and was able to concentrate on my performance”.

As we roll out the use of the studio for the fourth year honours students and  post graduates, the amazing potential of this resource is going to be unleashed. Students will be able to create , record and distribute HD broadcast quality programmes , be they filmed dramas,  documentaries or  light entertainment shows.

It’s a genuinely exciting time for all involved.The first slate of programmes recording in the next few weeks  include a Gaelic Children’s show, a modern digitised re-enactment of Tam O’Shanter, an experimental multi-media theatre piece and a  Scottish take on the “Creep Show ” horror format.

I hope to post footage of the work as it is created, and release them through the UWS  Skillset Media Academy 

Television Presenting Workshop

Hi Folks,  Hope you’re all well – another great CAST CALL for you so get on the bell, get involved, have film fun, and this time it’spaid!  

 Message from John:   We’re looking for the following roles to be filled for SQA drama shooting 1st – 10th December

Jasmine – playing age between 33-40
Johnny – Jasmine’s husband – playing age between 35 – 40
Frank – Age 60 – 75
Brenda – Social worker age 50 – 60
Martha – Age 60 – 70

Contact John Rae at  




The Pitch

On February the 28th, 2012, Cheeky Breakfast Productions will be hosting an exciting and experimental event at the CCA.
The experiment will take the form of a multi performance and arts event, where many performers, writers, filmmakers and musicians all showcase their work based on one stimulus, provided by Cheeky Breakfast Productions.

We are accepting proposals of any medium, genre or style. If you have an idea for a 0-20min play, film, performance, event, monologue or happening, we want to make it happen.

Simply type a short proposal on no more than one side of A4 with the following details:

• Your/company name.
• Your proposed work.
• How is relates to the stimulus
• The approximate length of the work.
• A rough idea of previous experience.
• Your technical requirements

Because the Economic crisis deepens further, fossil fuels continue to run out, the ice caps continue to melt, and the Mayan calendar runs out in the coming year, the stimulus for this first experiment will be, ‘The End of the World’.

Participants can be as literal or as broad with the stimulus as they desire. Artistic licence is encouraged. Although there is an upper limit of 20 minutes, there is no lower limit time-wise.

Send this to before Christmas Day, that’s the 25th OF DECEMBER 2011. Please name the subject of the proposal, ‘The Pitch Proposal’.

This is a great opportunity for student, new, or emerging artists to have work seen in one of the most important art institutes in Glasgow and Scotland.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Cheeky Breakfast Productions.


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3 Exciting Events for you to give your Full Filmmaking Support to!  


1)  Support Home Grown Web Series ‘The Crews’ launching tomorrow Online – Arrabest guys!!!  Crews Trailer   Crews Website
2)  Support Home Grown Promotion for feature film ‘Up There’ see attached flyer and cya at GMAC Thursday 10th! Promo & fundraising evening 
from 8 p.m. £5: exclusive preview of film excerpts, Q & A with Director, Cast and Crew PLUS Entertainment by several bands.

  for WCA XMAS PARTY 12th December!  Get onboard the Line Up of Acts for the WCA Xmas Talent and Party Night. We have a variety of Stand Up Comedians, Singers and even a Magician this year! So, if you want to show us what you can do and can commit to the date this is your last chance to let me know before the running order is set for the night. Email me or Call me but NO LATER than 6 pm Tues 10th Nov.  It will be hard but let’s try to TOP last years night!

TICKETS FOR THE XMAS PARTY NIGHT MAY BE RESERVED BY PARTICIPANTS ANYTIME ON THIS EMAIL. Last year SOLD OUT so you are advised to reserve your tickets asap. £10 includes Cloakroom, Security, Entertainment, Raffles, Screenings, Networking and FUN FUN FUN!

Linda Campbell,
WCA Coordinator,

WCA is a voluntary run, not-for-profit organisation
supported In-Kind by CCA, Cineworld, Unity Enterprise & Affiliated Groups & Organisations

It has been long overdue, but the time has come for The Crews to be launched online as a web series on Monday November the 7th 2011.  

The Crews as many of you know was devised as a project to be pitched to TV Networks, but this has not succeeded.  The only way forward for us now is to put The Crews out into the world and see what kind of response we get.  The Crews has been split into six 16-18 minute webisodes.  Each episode will be launched every monday from the 7th for six consecutive weeks.  

In order for The Crews to be a success it will need the help of you, the cast and crew who helped make it.  I will be writing up an e-mail with some bullet points on how you can help us spread the word of The Crews using Social networking sites and e-mail virals.  

If we can build an audience then it may help the TV Networks stand up and take notice of the product.  

The series will be launched on the website, which can be found at:  


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