I’ve blogged before about the South Of Scotland Business Solutions Knowledge Transfer projects which the School Of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University Of The West Of Scotland has been developing over the past few months.
We have come to the end of the cycle and all the production, editing , paperwork and reflections have been completed and finalised.
In the end, the whole process has been a challenging and exciting experience for the Contemporary Screen Acting students and staff who took part, but the end result has made it all worthwhile.
Last year’s level 9 students students successfully produced their assessed assignments on time and achieved a 100% pass rate, and the feedback from them on their learning experience was outstandingly good. The project has thus proved an outstanding success as a work based learning module for the students.
Students reported that “ this has been a fantastic module for actually meeting with a client. This made it far more difficult than an ordinary module but far more rewarding “
“I was really proud of the work we did for ABC. I have never been involved in such an exciting module . It was totally different from just doing an imaginary project”
Feedback from the clients has also been overwhelmingly positive. Clive Rumbold of ABC Recruitment commented ” The finished video is a league away from our original film in terms of professional creativity, presentation and filming styles. In all we now have a professional, commercial film which delivers the messages significantly better and is already proving itself in a very short time.”
Wilma Finlay , from Cream O’ Galloway added ” The project provided us with a suite of high quality promotional film clips that we have used on our website and in social media to promote the fun that a wide variety of age groups can have at Cream o’ Galloway.”
Personally the most rewarding aspect of the whole process for me was the team who produced an HD quality video based on research into the life challenges of troubled youngsters. For this project, students Andrew O’Donnell, Amy Elftathi, Eileen Frater, James Todd and Anne-Marie O’Connor deserve special praise, along with DOP John Caldwell , who between them produced a fine piece of work.
Thanks also must go to Eva Milroy and the staff of South Of Scotland Business Solutions for their energy and enthusiasm, and also a very special mention from me to my colleague Joan Scott of the UWS Business School in Dumfries who was a constant support in this whole process. Finally, none of this could have been accomplished without the filming and editing skills of UWS MA students Louise Muir and Marta Adamowicz and that wizard of Adobe Premiere Eileen Frater.
I am now planning next years projects for the new intake of third year students which I hope will take this innovative knowledge transfer model to a higher level. We will be employing embedded Workplace Learning Students from the Filmmaking and Screenwriting Programmes at UWS, combined with the Project managing skills of industry professionals such as “Chewing the Fat” Director Michael Hines , and award winning Screenwriter and Actor Martin McCardie. Watch this space for details.
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