Thursday, 21 November 2013

Graduate Panel on Friday - Who's Coming?

Some of the companies our graduates have worked for
Friday 22 November is the launch of our brand-new Graduate Panel - aimed specifically at careers in the creative digital arts. The panel will take place on Friday November 22nd from midday until 15.00 in the General Lecture Theatre (GLT).

Who will be there? Our guests are all Bucks graduates, all working in digital media, who will be returning to the Uni to share their insights into how they forged their careers. They were themselves students at Bucks, so they know better than anyone what it takes to turn a degree into a career. Below is a complete list of who's on the Panel. Bring a notepad, and get ready with your questions.

Rob Brandon
Since graduating in 2008 Rob has worked on award winning short films and music videos, following his undergraduate Exposures Film Festival successes both in 2007 and 2008.

Both long and short form work has been shown on terrestrial and digital television channels across the UK, Austria and Germany, including the BBC, Channel 4, ORF, Red Bull TV, Propeller TV, MTV & NMEtv, as well as work featured on prestigious websites and blogs including BBConline, and FakeDIY. Most recently Rob has worked as a full time Video Editor (2.5 Yrs) for the Red Bull Media House in Salzburg, Austria.

Chris Church
Chris is Senior Producer, Commercials at ITN Productions.

Film by Monika Dzikowicz

Monika Dzikowicz
graduated from animation last year and has worked on a short feature, and is now working on an animation for the Animation Talent Award. <>

George Hambleton
George graduated last year and is a freelance sound engineer, currently working on Channel 4's Stand Up for the Week and preparing for a tour with ChainSka Brassika. Worked artists such as Happy Mondays, The Beat, The Selector, The BlockHeads, Kids in Glass Houses, to name but a few. .

David Rolfe
David is a highly respected and experienced Producer and Director. As MD of Screenpro Films Ltd in the 1970s David was engaged in the Middle East filming specialist with contracts in Saudi Arabia, The Emirates, and The Oman. This was followed by a spell as a feature film post production supervisor for Paramount, Warner Bros., EMI
and other major distributors. During this period David was also Producer and Director of The Silent Witness – and Investigation into the Shroud of Turin, and was winner of BAFTA and Gold Awards at San Francisco, New York and many others. David was also a founder member of PACT and consultant to BBC Worldwide at this time.
During the 1980s David was Senior Producer London Weekend TV. He produced and directed series and episodes of:
Credo (ITV’s regular series on religious issues)
The London Programme
Weekend World (ITV’s flagship weekly current affairs programme) including award winning specials on The Underclass, The Collapse of Communism and The Threat of CFCs to the Environment
The Thatcher Years (Three hour studio special to mark her 10th anniversary as Prime Minister)
Jesus – The Evidence (3 hour special for Channel 4 on revelations in New Testament scholarship)
20th Century Box
The Walden Interviews
The Skag Kids
Family Affairs, and many others.

David also jointly oversaw LWT’s transition from film to video for factual output.
During the 1990s David took on the role of Senior Producer and Chairman of The Performance Group, an independent partnership comprising:
Performance Films, (Broadcast Commissions)
Performance Communications (Corporate Commissions)
Performance Consultants (Coaching based training for industry and commerce.)

David was responsible for establishing Performance Coaching, a business that pioneered the use of coaching skills in all areas of the workplace, took turnover from £60,000 to over £2m in 2 years.
David also undertook the following roles during this period:
Series Producer of Wild Islands 26 part film series on British and Irish Wildlife for ITV
Producer of Postcards from the Country (4 of 8 episodes) for BBC Natural History Unit
Panoramas for BBC 1 on AIDS, Satanic Abuse in Orkney and Horse Racing & the Jockey Club.
Gorbachov’s 5th Anniversary Event live from Moscow.
Executive Producer - Fight Again – A History of the Labour Party. (Three Parts) For BBC 2 Recorded at TLS.

During a 2000-2002 - Sabbatical David invented and patented an amphibious vehicle, now in production. (See
Between 2003-2006 David worked again with Performance Films Ltd, filming and editing sensitive and confidential subjects in the UK and abroad for Johnson & Johnson, Roche, Seiko and the World Health Organisation and developing film projects.
Between 2007-2008 David Produced and directed Shroud of Turin, presented by Rageh Omaar for BBC2 and RAI.
We are delighted that David will join the Graduate Panel on Friday November 22nd from 15.00 in Gateway Lecture Theatre.

Radek Sienski
Radek graduated in 2010. Since then Radek went on to win a few awards for my short films (such as Yobi Filmmaker of the Year 2010, Best Young Filmmaker at the Fastnet Short Film Festival 2010 and best film at Campus MovieFest 365, London 2011 (A Question of Time) and worked as a VFX supervisor on comedy/horror feature 'Kill Keith'.

 Radek studied editing at the National Film & TV School in January 2011, and is currently involved in various documentary and TV projects.

 He recently worked as an Editing Tutor/Advisor at BFI Film Academy teaching the technical and creative side of Avid.

Recent credits include 'Recession' directed by 3 time Bafta winner Beryl Richards, Sky Living's drama 'Talking to the Dead' (assistant editor) and BBC1's documentary 'Fox Wars' (audience: 2.4m).

Tom Wynn
Tom graduated last year and set up RiseMedia Ltd. in late 2011 with three friends who studied Digital Film and Screen arts at Farnham UCA. Tom took the role of Production Coordinator and location sound recordist. Clients to date have included FIXI Crescent Suzuki World Superbike Team, Lloyds British GBmoto British Superbike Team, The King Blues, The Institute of Hospitality and many more.

Cathy Valve
Cathy graduated in 2013 and is now working at Red Bee Media (


(Editor's Note: To see more about how we're taking active steps to help our graduates find work, check out our latest commercial project for Rocketseed, and our short film done for a global aid agency. And don't forget the Careers Fair at Bucks on November 21st.)

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