Media student gets film career kickstart
15th April 2011
An innovative internship scheme has given media students from Lincoln the experience of working on professional film shoots before they graduate.
Rishi Hindocha from Harrow in London was one of five media students from the University of Lincoln who have benefited from placements arranged and part-funded by EM Media, the screen agency for the East Midlands.
He spent six weeks working at the Molinare editing studio in Soho observing the post-production process on the film Grabbers, a sci-fi movie by Forward Films.
Through its Kickstart scheme EM Media, the screen agency for the East Midlands, and the Lincoln School of Media chose five final-year students to work as crew on productions shooting between November 2010 and May 2011.
“The film was shot in Ireland and I was able to observe the post-production and editing process in Soho,” said Rishi, who will graduate this summer with a degree in Media Production from the University of Lincoln.
“It was an amazing experience and really good to work in the real world and see how the post-production processes happen and how decisions are made.
“Grabbers is a horror comedy about a gang of monsters that attack a very small island, so there was a lot of CGI involved, which made it even more fascinating.
“The internship has definitely helped me and given me an insight into the industry,” Rishi added. “I want to go into directing and I’d like to think I know a bit better now how to go about it and how to handle myself.
“It was an absolutely fantastic opportunity and one which I definitely woudn’t have been able to do it without the Kickstart scheme.”
Marcella Forster, Senior Lecturer in Script and Screenwriting at the University of Lincoln, came up with the proposal to place students on feature film productions after six Media Production students worked as runners and sound assistants on her award-winning short film The Lamb and Flag.
Working with colleagues Janice Kearns, Dr Sarah Barrow and Dr Tony Daniels, Marcella successfully bid for £10,000 from the university’s Innovation Fund to cover expenses and mentoring for up to five interns. EM Media then secured match funding from Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the creative industries.
Dr Sarah Barrow, Head of the University of Lincoln’s School of Media, said: “We’re committed to providing as many opportunities as we can for our students to gain experience of working in the media industries.
“Kickstart offers students a fantastic chance to work with top film-makers, to develop their creative and technical skills and to get their foot in the door of an increasingly competitive world of work.”