Games and Films from Liverpool Media Academy Students
Head of Media at Liverpool Media Academy, Alex Harrison, introduces the first LMA Film and Games Festival which is set to take over FACT this week
17 June 2014
As the first LMA Film and Games Festival approaches there is a distinct excitement in the air amongst our students – and tutors. We are delighted to be working alongside FACT for our event, and could not imagine a better place for our students to be screening their work.
FACT’s work with young people is incredible and I am proud to say that I myself started out in the very first programme for young people ten years ago! We ran a min-film festival called Microwave and it was an invaluable experience. Many of the skills I gained then have helped me work towards this upcoming event on behalf of LMA.
As the Head of the Media department at Liverpool Media Academy, and Film and TV 2nd Year tutor, I am immensely proud of the achievements of all students across the college this year. The standards have been raised yet again; from our corporate videos working with a variety of arts organisations across the city (including FACT) to the incredible work our 2nd year gamers have undertaken in developing an interactive 3D story. The work is vibrant, fun, creative and to very high technical standards.
Many of our students have been working at a variety of film and games studios on work experience throughout the year (again, FACT included), we have also had a number of master-classes and guest speakers. In the past two terms we have Skyped with Oscar nominated animator Joanna Quinn and American Independent Games developer Karla Zimonja, from the Fullbright Company, recently winners of a BAFTA for their multi-award winning game, Gone Home. Both of these events tied in with projects that will be on display at the festival.
Films will be screened intermittently in the Box throughout both days and there will be films, animations and games to play in the foyer. The festival is free and open to the public, with a wide variety of subjects and genres being showcased. From pirate ships to crime scenes, a zombie apocalypse to a mysterious time-portal, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.