Content of the day: Education Event 2014

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The Insight Education Event is starting to take shape.

New developments

The Insight education team are working hard behind the scenes to make the Education Event to be held on 12 February 2014 special, memorable and perhaps even life-changing for the local schoolchildren in Manchester who will be taking part on the day.

We are now able to confirm several new elements of the Event that we hope will excite and inspire teachers and children alike to want to attend.

Workshops and talks

Insight can now announce some of the confirmed interactive aspects of the day, including identifying some workshop sessions and talk we shall be running.

Willis McBriar

Willis McBriar

Willis McBriar will lead a workshop on how to edit film using simple, cheap equipment that is easy to find and intuitive to use.

Willis was a senior BBC staff trainer for many years, working as a production adviser in broadcast technology.

Willis has a deep understanding of how broadcasting works, from his inside experience and his engagement with BECTU, the broadcast union for technical staff.

His current role with BECTU in Northern Ireland includes working as a web editor and as a representative for the training needs of members, working particularly on behalf of new joiners in the media industry. ‘Willis is passionate about lifelong learning and evangelistic in his drive to impart his wealth of learning on to the next generation of technicians’ according to one satisfied customer commenting on Wilis’ LinkedIn profile.

Willis is also a trainer and writer for View Digital, an online news magazine for the community/voluntary sector in Northern Ireland. He designs and delivers workshops on ‘Practical Multimedia Production’.

Michelle BaileyHappy filmmakers3

Michelle Bailey will talk about her experience of winning the Insight Young Filmmakers Award in 2013 and how the award has helped her career in film.

Michelle won her award for the film, Dad (11.26), at Insight 4. She gave an interview to the Insight blog a few weeks after winning her award that highlighted her excitement about winning and her looking forward to attending a summer course at EICAR, the film school in Paris, France. Her talk will touch on how EICAR has helped her development as a filmmaker.

Michelle works as writer, director and producer for an independent film company called Baileyface Productions, based in Coventry, West Midlands.

Horror movie session

More details will be forthcoming, but the workshop will include a section on ‘zombie make up’.

Panel of guests from BBC Religion

Attendees will have the chance to pick the brains of a team of broadcasting and filmmaking experts who work for BBC Religion.

Current university students in Manchester

Students from the Screen Studies Department at the University of Manchester will share their filmmaking experience and provide tips on the art of filmmaking. Join the Insight filmmaking team as they document the day and involve the audience.

Film screenings and discussions

We will screen films from previous Insight Film Festival events made by young filmmakers that showcase to the audience what is possible and mentor them to consider making their own films. The films chosen will be a representation sample of excellence from different cultures and countries in genres including animation, documentary and drama.

Group discussions will be held about the content and production of the Insight films that involve Lewis Entwistle, Head of Drama at Xaverian College, and members of the Insight Festival Board.

Competition films and awards

We shall screen the best 2-minute films submitted for the School Film Competition 2014, made by 14-19 year olds from schools and colleges in Greater Manchester.  All the films will be projected on to the big screen.

All attendees will join the jury in voting for the Audience Award on the day, which will form part of the Awards Ceremony for winners of the competition.

PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival

We shall introduce PLURAL+ and explain how schools can get involved in making films for international audiences. The latest PLURAL+ Festival concluded with an Awards Ceremony held in New York on 5 December 2013 that announced the winning films in many different categories.


Full details about the event can the found at the Education Event 2014 page.

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