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“There are loads of direct benefits. I myself aspire to become a freelance offline editor so my contact with Colette has been really useful, she has given me great advice on how to get started in the industry and what kind of things to expect”.  Liam Bauckham

 

Skills2Film Foundation Camera Craft workshop at the 2010 Shepton Mallet Digital Arts Festival with award winning Director of Photography Jeremy Humphries

July 17th, 2011

The Shepton Mallet Digital Arts Festival has helped many people either take their first steps towards working in the digital creative industry or progress, develop and make industry connections.

Examples of those people helped by the festival to reach the next step in their career include part-time student Liam Bauckham from Shepton Mallet (age 27), Glastonbury-based film-maker Simon Power (age 52) and Bristol student Claire Mitchell (age 20).

Industry professional (editor/director ) Colette Hodges, who ran a master class at the festival, gave advice to Liam which has led to him making industry contacts and securing his first professional paid work, broadcast on BBC 2 in April, 2011.

Liam says:  “The Shepton Digital Arts Festival has helped me develop my skills via the feedback I have received from industry professionals. The workshops that the festival organises are brilliant.

“There are loads of direct benefits. I myself aspire to become a freelance offline editor so my contact with Colette has been really useful, she has given me great advice on how to get started in the industry and what kind of things to expect”.

Simon, a local film maker says: “It has helped to develop my work, because receiving an award for the short film entry has meant that I can promote my work using this accolade as a spring board to add prestige to my presentations.

“Following the festival I have been approached by a major cosmetics firm in the USA who wish to use the concept of my short film in their upcoming advertising campaign.”

Claire, a student of the University of the West of England entered her very first animation for the Shepton Mallet Digital Arts Festival 2010 showcase competition.

 She says: “I hadn't previously entered any competitions for my creative work and this gave me a great boost in confidence with my projects for university.

“I sent my animation to a record label CEO and he asked me to create a promotional music video for his new album in reply.

“Winning the award and attending the ceremony at the festival encouraged me to take more pride in my work and thus was beneficial to me when producing my second stop-motion animation for Hospital Records. “


The Shepton Mallet Digital Arts Festival, now in its third year, is the South West’s only community-run digital creative industry festival.  It celebrates all aspects of the digital creative industry – from film-making and animation to photography and computer-generated artworks.

Its aims are to showcase and celebrate the region’s incredibly rich background in  creative digital work; interest the public in such work and – crucially – help bring established and novice practitioners together, to enhance their skills sets, build contacts and encourage each other to take the next step in their careers.

With the digital creative industry being more critical than ever to the economy of Somerset, Bristol, Bath and the surrounding area, the Festival provides a major forum that allows creative artists/practitioners to share experiences and techniques.