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Don’t miss LU Arts’ two-day online creative media programme

LU Arts is hosting a free online programme exploring photography and film-making on 16-17 May.

Whether you are looking to develop your hobby, learn a new skill or make a career out of it, the Creative Media Weekend has something for you.

The Art of Economical Filmmaking (workshop) with Tomisin Adepeju

  • Saturday 16 May, 1-3pm
  • Free (but booking required)
  • Open to students and staff
  • Via Zoom

Would you like to learn more about low budget film making, single location shooting and story & visual film making?  LU Arts has invited talented filmmaker Tomisin Adepeju to lead a workshop that will introduce you to the art of concise and economical filmmaking.

Tomisin shot his short ‘The Good Son’ when he was in film school for £500 in his living room; it went on to screen at over 65 film festivals, winning awards and getting him recognised within the film industry. Tomisin's short film The Right Choice premiered at Sundance film festival in 2018 and screened at over 45 festivals despite being another low-budget, DIY film. So, successful film making does not have to mean big budgets.

This Zoom workshop is open to staff and students and will break down the challenges of making a successful low budget film, which encompasses one location shooting.  It will explore how Tomisin developed narratives for his early short films and utilised the tools of cinematic language to make it an engaging experience. The content will be suitable for aspiring film makers just starting out in their careers as well as those looking to get into film making in their spare time.

Double Edged (screening)

  • A short film by Rennae Walker
  • Saturday 16 May, 5pm
  • YouTube 

Double Edged is a short film by Rennae Walker on the psychology of a young man who is pressured into gang culture.

Rennae Walker is the LU Arts Multimedia Scholarship winner for 2019/20. From a young age, Rennae always knew that she had a distinctive voice, which she eventually channelled through acting. However, her dream to act changed when she went to a Film and Writing Workshop in 2018. Not long after this, Rennae began to write and started making films.

Get Photographic workshop

This introductory workshop will be run by Thomas Lupson-Darnell. Thomas is LU Arts’ student photographer and chair of LSU Photosoc. For the last month, Thomas has been streaming live sessions each week on the Society’s Facebook page, sharing his top tips and skills with others.

Thomas will be sharing some tips on how to get more out of your camera, whether you’re using a phone or a dedicated DSLR, and showing how you can get amazing results with the equipment you already own. So much of getting better at photography is practice, so there’ll also be some fun and cheap at home projects you can try for yourself.

Alex Widdowson in conversation

Nick Slater, Director of LU Arts, will be interviewing Loughborough Fine Art graduate and animator and director Alex Widdowson.

Alex who graduated from Loughborough in 2012, has had his creative talent recognised with two wins at the Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Student Awards. He won the Judges’ Award for Best Student Film and the award for Best Postgraduate Animation for his animated documentary about Down’s syndrome, Music and Clowns.

Alex specialises in documentaries that represent psychology and neurodiversity. He is also the Festival Programmer for the Factual Animation Film Festival, London, Writer for (the UK’s leading blog in this field) and a graduate from Documentary Animation Masters degree at the Royal College of Art.  You can view some of Alex’s work here.

Alex will be talking about his career and sharing his knowledge and advice for those who might want to follow in his footsteps.

This weekend event also launches the brand, new short film competition. LU Arts is offering cash prizes of up to £250 and the opportunity to showcase your work at the Arts Week Festival in June. Find out more about the competition and how to enter.