Studios/Post Production Facilities and Training

Interactive Media Centre is a moment's walk from Chippenham train station, frequent mainline service to London and Bristol and about 10 minutes from J17 on the M4. Easy access to shops, coffee bars and hotels in the town centre. IMC is opposite the Olympiad: modern swimming pool, gym, sauna and other facilities. The riverside park nearby offers a place to relax, stretch your legs and rest your eyes.

Creative Wiltshire: production,facilities,training, networking the networks
www.creativewiltshire.co.uk

Mediahubbub: News, opportunities and networks: Young media makers and emerging talent www.mediahubbub.co.uk

About

IMC evolved as part of a recognition by government and industry of the high standard of vocational training for the creative industries taking place at Wiltshire College.

Interactive Media Centre was established in the Corsham Media Park transferring in 2005 to the new facility at Wiltshire College Chippenham. The new studios and refurbished theatre were a tangible expression of the College’s new status as a Centre of Vocational Excellence in Digital and Broadcast Media. Innovative education industry partnership activity at IMC was core to the College gaining recognition as part of the Wiltshire and Gloucester Skillset Media Academy. IMC continues to host industry internships and incubator activity. IMC supports a number of full time vocational creative industry training programmes including the University of Bath Creative Digital Media degree programme. The Centre also hosts short course training programmes, a radio station, facilities include tv studio, sound studio and post production suites. IMC is the home of Sparkradio www.sparksite.co.uk. The Cove Theatre adjoins the studios. In the theatre, Mediahubbub hosts local heats and finals for Preloader, the Wiltshire wide short film festival. More about this on mediahubbub: www.mediahubbub.co.uk

Creative Wiltshire takes the IMC initiative across Wiltshire and beyond
www.creativewiltshire.co.uk

Address:
Wiltshire College Chippenham
Cocklebury Road
Chippenham
Wiltshire
SN15 3QD

Courses

IMC hosts a range of fulltime Wiltshire College and University of Bath Courses Professional development training is available through Wiltshire Enterprise and Creative Wiltshire.

University of Bath Foundation Degree in Creative Digital Media

University of Bath  BA(Hons) Creative Digital media

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Media

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games development

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in TV and Film

Resources

IMC offers downtime access to a range of resources and facilities on a hire or partnership basis.

  • Air-conditioned Multimedia Suite with tutor controlled projection facility:
    • Networked high end PCs offering a range of interactive, multimedia design software including 3DSMax, Adobe CS3
    • linked to scanners, wacom tablets and printer
  • Post-production Suite
    • 7 edit ‘booths’ MacPro environment running Final Cut Studio apps, Shake, Logic, Creative Studio
    • each booth equipped with double screen,dv deck, tv monitor and speakers
    • clustered around a central meeting/viewing space equipped with projection facility
  • 2 x Mac teaching/seminar rooms with projector linked to tutor machine
    • Final Cut, Logic, ProTools,  Ableton Live, Garage Band, etc
    • Internet, each with music keyboards
    • DVD/VHS playback with surround sound
  • Radio Studio
    • Radio production studio and radio workshop
    • Local radio configured broadcast booth
    • workshop area with radio desk
  • Animation studio
    • Animation bench  resourced with I Can Animate
    • light rig
  • TV Studio
    • 10mx10m TV studio with chroma blue wall, linked observation and control room
    • professional light rig
    • 3 studio cameras
    • talk back
    • Tricaster vision mixer/virtual studio

For hire and availability:
contact@creativewiltshire.co.uk
01249465348

 

Portfolio Archive

Working with artists

Lorna Brunstein

Katherine Shepherd

Paul Lewis

Animation

Foundation Degree in Digital Media Arts

Interface Design

 

Working with Artists

Lorna Brunstein

Installation artist, Lorna Brunstein, received training and support towards her Arts Council funded installation:

"so how come I got it then?"  presented at Walcot Chapel, Bath. Sat 21 Oct to Sun 29 Oct 2006.  A reworking and remix of the media generated for the installation was selected for screening in June 2007 as part of a curated show for Bath Fringe under the title: From Poole to Treblinka.

artwork

      The installation consisted of 3 'booths' click here to view some of the media used:

       Farewell and Forgiveness (9Mb qt)

       Behind the Red Doors (11Mb qt)

 

The project provided working examples of developing media for an installation, the tutor is using this with students on the new Foundation Degree in Digital Media Arts.

 "so how come I got it then?" is a large multi-media piece that offers a journey into past, present and inherited trauma through the experience of a breast cancer and second generation Holocaust survivor. (more)

Katherine Shepherd

Digital fine artist, Katherine Shepherd, worked at IMC on an Arts Council funded project. As part of the residency Katherine gave presentations about her work to Wiltshire College Art & Design students. The project provided an opportunity for students to see a piece of digital art evolving and work alongside an artist using this medium.

Read Katherine’s statement about her work [click here]

Katherine originally trained as a painter and has been working in animation/video over the last ten years.

The completed work is now on the web at  www.vitreoushumour.co.uk

 

IMC actively supports digital artists and artists developing skills using digital technology.

Contact us now for further information: info@imc24.co.uk

Paul Lewis - Art for Darfur

muna and friend.photograph by Paul Lewis

Visual artist Paul Lewis contacted IMC for support with digital photography and webskills. This initial approach turned into a major project, Art for Darfur, when Paul started to work with photographs he had taken in Sudan in the early 1980's. Coincidentally, both IMC Development Officer, Richard White and Wiltshire College Vice Principal, Andy Smith had worked in Sudan during the same 'window of peace' period. IMC/Wiltshire College resources were harnessed to support and promote the development of a web-based version of the touring exhibition Paul had curated to focus attention on the crisis in Darfur.

The website exhibited work by a number of amateur and professional photographers including Claude Iverne and Caroline Irby, the live exhibition also had a contribution from artist, Khalid Kodi.

The entire project was supported by Medecins Sans Frontieres

Contact MSF for more information about supporting the people of Darfur

Animation

What happens when clay characters turn bad? What happens when clay characters turn bad?
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The day We Met Mark Patterson's witty animation"The day We Met" Mark Patterson's witty animation about a fateful meeting between to robots. It's nuts!
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Foundation Degree in Digital Media Arts

Work screened at the Preloader festival produced by the first group of multimedia students on this course in 2005. Foundation Degree in Digital Media Arts is now fully transferred to the Interactive Media Centre [more]

The Great Zardeni by Tom Barnett. A magic little number by a great animator "The Great Zardeni" by Tom Barnett. A magic little number by a great animator
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Thats all Folks A postcard from mushroom land."Thats all Folks" A postcard from mushroom land.
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Interface design

An excellent Example of Dan Nagorski's talent Art & Design student Dan Nagorski's talent for combining slick graphics with formidable funtionality was used by IMC in the web partnership production for Cleaning Enterprises



 

News Archive

Industry recognition

Skillset Media Academy status

The North by South West Skillset Media Academy consists of Wiltshire College, University of Gloucestershire, Cirencester College and Gloucestershire College

Skillset is the sector skills council for the audio visual industries.

This status will be recognised by both informed educationists and creative industry people; crucially it is an industry rather than government generated quality marque.

IMC Wiltshire College is now a recognised part of the Skillset Media Academy network....
there were over 140 applicants, only 17 were successful.

In the Southwest there are only three: North by South West, one based on Falmouth and the Bournemouth Academy

Other Media Academies include the National Film and Television School.

 The recent link up with Endemol is evidence of opportunities coming to Wiltshire College as part of the network, high quality expert trainers will be leading the next run of short courses, there will be a gathering of industry supporters in Jaunuary to review on-going work, a staff conference will also take place in the New Year plus more events, visitors and link ups.

Richard White Development officer says:

Skillset Media Academy status is national recognition by the media industry of the work Wiltshire College is doing. We already have the status as a centre of vocational excellence but this is an important recognition from the industry we are seeking to serve. Media Academy status shows that we are at the leading edge of training for all areas of the media industry from interactive games development and web design to film and television production. We have excellent facilities and provide training and education to young creatives throughout Wiltshire at all levels and a growing professional development offer to the industry.

Media Academy status is already bringing many benefits to students including opportunities to work with media professionals. It will enable us to develop our existing mentor programme, to further develop our production-led training offer and provide more incubator opportunities for recently graduated students. For the industry this will provide a quality marqued supply of entry level workers and training provision, supporting the local media economy by developing local talent. For the region it is further acknowledgement of the growing creative industries sector and rewards the part played by Wiltshire College in supporting and developing it.

more on this story from Skillset

October 2007


Digital Arts Westbury

job done!

Triad Collaboration

3 way partnership with Wiltshire College, Corsham School and Suited & Booted

Skillset Academy status?

...looks like we got there....a long hard year but we're still having to say this quietly

Association of colleges

video for parliamentary lobby

May 2007:


Arson Reduction!

Media Students from Wiltshire College Chippenham worked with Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service on a major programme to combat arson.

 

 

The project began with a series of focus groups in the local secondary schools culminating in the production of a series of short films. The films will be used in the Service’s forthcoming teaching pack on Arson Reduction and will run from the website.

 

The production project enabled National Diploma Media students to develop a professional brief as part of the commission, this was assessed work for a unit on Social Action and Community media.

 

Sparksite:

Wiltshire Young Peoples Information and Radio

 mystery surfer winner!

 spark radio celebration day

Sparksite recently came top in a mystery shopper survey of websites for young people.

A team of youth workers are now in place at eight centres across Wiltshire working with young people to review and develop the site.

Sparkradio is growing following a successful bid to the Wiltshire Young Peoples Opportunity Fund. A portable radio station is now being assembled based in Salisbury and serving the south of Wiltshire.  IMC continues to support Sparksite and Sparkradio, hosting Sparkradio at the Wiltshire College Chippenham campus.

www.sparksite.co.uk

 

Westbury Voices

A film by young people about youth activities in Westbury kicks off a series of collaborations with agencies in south west Wiltshire. The film was shot by a team working with interns from the University of Bath FdA Digital Media Arts. Constructed around a series of vox pops recorded at the Innov8 festival in Westbury in April, the film records young peoples discontent with their home town and suggestions for improving it.

view film      media swf

IMC is currently developing proposals for continuing media production and training work with Arts Extend, Matravers School and the Youth Development Service in Westbury and Warminster

AS Media production support

tv studio

AS Media students from Chippenham had the chance to use professional tv production facilities at IMC. The students were working on the practical component of their Media Studies course. Two productions were completed using the Final Cut based post production facility and the television studio. IMC provided expert support and supervision from script to screen. Following the success of this pilot project the school is negotiating the continuation of the relationship into the next academic year. Students benefit from expert industry and vocational support at Wiltshire College whilst retaining traditional school based academic supervision and guidance

Wiltshire Triad

Far from being a drug trafficking cartel the Wiltshire Triad is an innovative collaboration between Corsham School, Wiltshire College and production company Suited and Booted Studios. Over the past 3 months media student teams have been meeting to devise a production project. Suited and Booted has brokered this school/college partnership culminating in June in a two day residency at IMC. Students from a number of media related Wiltshire College courses and media students from Corsham school will work with media professionals on a series of 60 second productions on a theme of Life and Death. The shorts will be compiled into a tv studio show with live inserts and a reality tv style news breaks.

Fashion Show 07

Each year the Wiltshire College Fashion Show at Trowbridge reinvents itself, each year its reputation grows, each year it is new and different, reflecting the astonishing talents of students and staff. This year  the show on June 5 will be the product of a collaboration with artist Ian McGinn using VJ technology. The students have been working with Ian to programme sounds, music and imagery for him to work with, the finished work will create a visual environment to reflect and enhance the clothing they have designed. IMC brokered the relationship and is supporting Opentone in preparation for and during the event.

(if you would like to know more about internship opportunities at IMC then contact us at: info@imc24.co.uk)

Networking

Mediahubbub: Preloader 2007...In the heat?

 

A new format Preloader takes place in October and November 2007.  Short films by young people and emerging talent. Local heat screenings will take place in Swindon, Salisbury, Chippenham and Westbury with a gala final taking place at the Swindon Film Festival.

Screening details:

Westbury: Matravers School Monday October 15

Chippenham: Cove Theatre, Wiltshire College, Thursday 18 October  doors 21.00

Salisbury: Salisbury Arts Centre Tuesday Oct 23

Swindon: tba

all entry £1.00

A bargain night out! Support your local filmmakers!

Working with Artists:

Lou Hamilton

         

Lou won the commisWiltshire History Centre opening shortly in Chippenham, IMC supported the consultation process and enabled a series of developmental workshops with local young people. Digital Media Arts students are currently reversioning the piece for use by schools.

Lorna Brunstein

IMC supported the development of moving image pieces for the installation

So How Come I Got It Then?”. based on the artist’s experiences as a breast cancer patient and as a second generation Holocaust survivor. The artwork is about terror and mortality in everyday life and offers an exploration of trust and betrayal within a family haunted by a horrific past.

“So How Come I Got It Then?”  was exhibited at Walcot Chapel in Bath from 21 to 29 October 2006, timed to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month

From Poole to Treblinka, a video installation developed from So How Come I Got It Then? was selected for screening at 2007 Fringe Arts Bath.

September 2005:


Productions:

Preloader. It gets you talking!

A new cycle of the Preloader short film festival kicks off in November. Deadline for submissions is Monday 10 October. This year the aim is to build on the success of the first cycle in stimulating lively discussion, involving the audience in choosing their best films. Preloader is an initiative from mediahubbub, the Wiltshire and Swindon Moving Image Education Hub, IMC is playing an active role in developing the hub, hosting the portal and bulletin board at www.mediahubbub.co.uk

Interns at IMC
Preloader offers many opportunities for interns wanting to gain experience of setting up and running a film festival. Wiltshire College students provides technical support and front of house for the Chippenham screenings.

IMC successfully hosted a production internship through early summer 05 and currently has openings for an internship on a video production slated for October. IMC is also able to broker work experience and is currently helping fill a placement at a local radio station. If you want to know more about work experience and internship opportunities at IMC contact: info@imc24.co.uk

Fresh Five
Pedro, an animation by Wiltshire College media students was selected for the recent West Country festival of young people’s filmmaking, Fresh Five. Pedro was screened alongside work by other young filmmakers at the Watershed in Bristol. IMC will be screening highlights from Fresh Five later in the year.

Skillset

Richard White, IMC development officer, has been involved in consultations with Skillset in the South West on developing the Sector Skills Agreement for the audio visual industries. Representatives from colleges in the South West, SWRDA, LSC, South West Screen and Skillset recently came together to review progress on the Sector Skills Agreement.

As part of a growing involvement with Skillset, IMC organised a local response to the Skillset audio visual industries training day in May. Over a dozen local media practitioners and audio visual industry colleagues joined staff, students and other colleagues in a series of workshops and discussion forum along the theme of ‘Looking to the Future’.

New Productions

Patient Forums Get Your Voice Heard
Just in time for the country festivals and a full promotion in the autumn, IMC delivered a new campaign video to clients. The Health Advocacy Partnership supported by the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health commissioned IMC to produce a video promoting the new Patient and Public Involvement Forums. An intensive production period involved the IMC crew filming in hospitals, doctors surgeries and an ambulance station and collecting vox pops on what felt like the hottest day of the year. Original music supplied by composer Archer Endrich.


Wiltshire Heritage Museum
IMC recently completed a presentation for Wiltshire Heritage Museum about what goes on behind the scenes there. The film shows the work going on at the Devizes based museum to open up access and care for some of the most important historical evidence in the UK. The production contains 4 short stories on DVD, it can be viewed on the touch screen booth in the museum foyer. Julian Richards of TVs Meet The Ancestors fame presents.

A1 Assessor training video
IMC completed production on an assessor training video for the Wiltshire College/SCAT partnership, Joining Forces. The video is designed to show role model assessment activity. Production was undertaken by HND Media Production students as part of a shoot and edit assessment exercise, supervised by IMC. The final piece was assembled from the student exercises.

Mentoring

As a Centre of Vocational Excellence, IMC was chosen to participate in pilot Aim Higher mentoring programme. Aim Higher is part of a government initiative to encourage more young people to go to University. As graduate entry to the media industries increasingly becoming the norm, IMC piloted an innovative mentoring model with final year level 3 students mentored by creative industry workers.

Leapfrog

Leapfrog provides an innovative solution to IMC business clients’ web training and development needs. Following a series of free consultations IMC brings together a group of clients who are wanting to be more hands-on in the development of their web presence. Some clients want to develop skills in order to build or enhance their website, other clients aim to develop their understandings in order to be able to brief a web designer more effectively. By pooling training activities, economies of scale are achieved thus lowering the costs of what comes close to bespoke training. IMC has just launched a new Leapfrog group with core partners, Deaf Essential. If you are interested contact: info@imc24.co.uk

Curriculum Development

IMC is the flagship of the Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) in Digital and Broadcast Media at Wiltshire College. IMC development officer, Richard White has been working with HND Media Production and BTEC National Diploma Media from the start. Now, IMC web designer, Paul Higgins, is working with the Art and Design department

IMC has been supporting the development of a Foundation Degree in Digital Media Arts for Bath University, a course involving both Media and Art & Design faculties. IMC has been coordinating a consultation from employers and key industry agencies in the region.

Bubbling Under back to top of page

IMC is currently taking part in a feasibility study for a Wiltshire wide Young People Radio and Information Portal. This will involve a major design and build on the website and possibly coordinating the development of an online radio station.

January 2005


New Shorts back to top of page

2 new productions are underway as part of Preloader; New Shorts. A group of young people pitched their film ideas to the audience at the Preloader1 screening at Chippenham in November, two ideas were chosen. The films are due for completion in March and will be shown as part of Preloader 2. IMC is supporting the productions, SWScreen funded professional input and the local branch of Dixons is helping with £100 worth of goods.

Preloader

IMC hosted the local screening for Preloader1 and will be playing host to Preloader2 in March showing the best short films from Wiltshire and Swindon. Preloader offers many opportunities for interns wanting to gain experience of setting up and running a film festival. Preloader is an initiative from mediahubbub the Wiltshire and Swindon Moving Image Hub IMC is playing an active role in developing the hub, hosting the portal and bulletin board. http://www.mediahubbub.co.uk/

Culture Things

Two films made at IMC as part of the mediahubbub summer It’s a Culture Thing initiative were selected for a major European festival of young people’s cinema in Greece. Three members of the production crew were able to go to the festival in December.

Art for Darfur

IMC has continued to support this project, the website has now been handed over to artist, Paul Lewis.

Interns at IMC

IMC is currently hosting internships in video production. Places continue to be available as productions are developed. Intern web design Mike Owen successfully developed his portfolio and has now moved from freelance work to a fulltime web development job in Swindon. Wiltshire Heritage Museum back to top of page

IMC is collaborating with Wiltshire Heritage Museum on a presentation about what goes on behind the scenes there. The finished films will show the work going on at the Devizes based museum to open up and care for some of the most important historical evidence in the UK. The films will be on display in the foyer at the museum later in the year.

Leapfrog

Leapfrog provides an innovative solution to IMC business clients’ web training and development needs. Following a series of free consultations IMC brings together a group of clients who are wanting to be more hands-on in the development of their web presence. Some clients want to develop skill in order to build or enhance their website, other clients aim to develop their understandings in order to be able to brief a web designer more effectively. By pooling training activities, economies of scale are achieved thus lowering the costs of what comes close to bespoke training. IMC is currently actively developing a new leapfrog team, if you are interested contact IMC now! info@imc24.co.uk

Recent client sites:
HonestArt
LBS Consultancy
Malcolm Macintosh

Curriculum Development

IMC is the flagship of the Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) in Digital and Broadcast Media at Wiltshire College. IMC development officer, Richard White has been involved with HND Media production and BTEC National Diploma media from the start. Now, IMC web designer, Paul Higgins, is working with the art and design department at Chippenham.

IMC has been supporting the development of a Foundation Degree in Digital Media Arts for Bath University, a course which will span the Media and Art & Design faculties. IMC has been coordinating a consultation from employers and key industry agencies in the region.

IMC has successfully represented media courses at Wiltshire College to the University of the West of England: both HND Media Production and ND Media are now recognised within the UWE Progression Partnership.

Bubbling under

IMC is developing a proposal for an artist-led residency in Summer 2005, the proposal will bring together 3 performance and digital artists leading a week long workshop culminating in a public event. The residency will be open to young people with some experience in performing arts or media as well as colleagues working in formal or informal education.

A production partnership supporting Patient Forums in the South West is currently in negotiation, this will create more opportunities for interns, for further information contact IMC

November 2004


Walcot Nation Day 4 Minute Film Challenge

IMC provided facility support for two short films in the Walcot Nation Day 4 minute Film Challenge. These productions were all shot at Walcot Nation Day in Bath, a street festival that takes place at the end of the Bath Festival Fringe in June each year. This was the first such film challenge and culminated in an evening screening of the finished pieces at Invention Arts in Bath in July.

Culture Things: Super Dave and Moose

IMC hosted the production of the two 90 second shorts made under the auspices of the Wiltshire and Swindon Moving Image Education Hub. The films will be shown at the Little Theatre, Bath on November 3, at the Culture South West site www.culturething.com and at the Watershed site www.dShed.net Further screening will take place across the region.

Art For Darfur

IMC is contributing to a project to raise awareness of the humanitarian disaster currently taking place in Sudan. The project arose out of the chance discovery of shared experience of working in Sudan by IMC Development Officer, Richard White and a client, Paul Lewis, undertaking professional development through IMC. Paul Lewis is coordinating Art For Sudan he has curated the London exhibition, future exhibitions planned in Stroud and at Wiltshire College. IMC is curating, designing and temporarily hosting the Art For Sudan site and working with Paul Lewis to develop his own site www.honestart.co.uk

Malcolm MacIntosh at www.malcolmmcintosh.org

Malcolm McIntosh is an independent writer, broadcaster and teacher on corporate citizenship, sustainability and accountability. IMC is currently developing his website aimed both at the academic speaker circuit and at those interested and working on issues of sustainability. The first update of the new website is being very well received.

Hubbub

IMC continues to play an active part in the Wiltshire and Swindon MIE Hub, maintaining the portal at www.mediahubbub.co.uk and working on a number of initiatives including:

Culture Thing
The hub successfully attracted funding to make 2 of the 14 short It’s a Culture Thing Byte Size films. The project, funded by Culture South West and administered by South West Screen, was designed to give young filmmakers the opportunity to come together and make short films under the guidance of experienced film makers. A group of 7 young filmmakers were recruited on a referral basis with a further 5 young actors joining the project. They worked with a professional director and script developer before the intensive production fortnight in August. The production project was led by Bath filmmakers Suited and Booted and hosted by IMC. The films are now in distribution. More information at www.mediahubbub.co.uk

Preloader
Recognising the need for more exhibition opportunities for locally made short films IMC has been active in the development of Preloader a rolling programme of screening and learning opportunities. Some funding has already been awarded, a grant application has been made to SW Screen. Preloader is planned to begin with a round of workshops in early November and the first screenings taking place toward the end of the month. More information at www.mediahubbub.co.uk

Courses/Curriculum development


Leapfrog: bespoke web production-led training
Leapfrog is a new approach to bespoke training and is now underway. IMC brings together a diverse group of clients to develop web design skills as part of a production led programme. Following a one to one consultation clients have agreed that other clients on the programme may see their website in development and use it as part of their training. Each client completes the programme with a final one to one training session and, where appropriate a revised website goes live. 3 enterprises are currently in the programme now booked through until the end of October, Art For Sudan is the first project.

Internship
Following a successful internship through the summer for HND Media Production student Helen Hayward, IMC is now providing an internship for an outside client, Mike Owen.

Foundation Degree
IMC is currently assisting in curriculum development for the Bath University Foundation Degree in Digital Media Arts. This will involve building on existing links with media employers and IMC clients, engaging them in the process of creating a robust vocationally relevant qualification.

P2M
Passport to Media continues to feature in IMC development plans. The programme is now in development in partnership with Suited and Booted as a social inclusion agenda programme with support from SW Screen and Skillset

Short courses
The Autumn Programme has now been launched focussing on Creative Imaging and looking to develop niche market areas for professional development working with artists, designers and opening up the Mac resourced training offer.

Coming soon

Culture Things: Bath Screening Wednesday 3 November
Brief Encounters: IMC represented via Wiltshire and Swindon MIE hub Wednesday 17 November
Preloader: Chippenham Screening Thursday 25 November

June 2004


The Move
IMC has now moved from Corsham Media Park to Wiltshire College:Chippenham. IMC is located in a purpose built media centre adjoining a refurbished theatre space and music studios.
Facilities include:

air-conditioned Multimedia Suite:
Networked high end PCs offering a range of interactive, multimedia design software including 3DSMax, Director, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, After Effects.
With scanners, wacom tablets and printers
Mac video editing stations
Post-production Suite
5 edit ‘booths’ Mac environment running Final Cut Pro
With dv decks, tv monitors and speakers
2 edit ‘booths’ PC environment running Premiere
‘Smart’ Seminar room
Animation studio
TV studio and control room
There is still much to do to bring each area into operation but the potential is now clear and IMC look forward to developing this exciting new media facility.

The centre is almost opposite Chippenham railway station and about 10 minutes from M4, J17. The town centre is a short walk away through the riverside park. The Olympiad, offering swimming pool, gym and sauna, is alongside.
New and improved facilities and ease of access are having considerable benefits for IMC and open up the prospect of providing a downtime hire service.

Production:
Level 3 and Level 4 students at Wiltshire College are given the opportunity to take part in these productions, either as course work or as work experience/shadowing.

Websites
Oscar Stringer’s South Street Studios. www.southstreetstudios.co.uk
Oscar is a filmmaker who we have got to know through the Wiltshire and Swindon Moving Image Hub. We have produced the website in exchange for some badging and some of Oscar’s time. He has already provided some consultancy on the development of the Post Production Suite and will be providing some expert input on our FCP skill development.

Animate Communicate. www.animatecommunicate.co.uk
Animate Communicate is a group with which we have a long-standing engagement; as a group of animators who happen to have learning disabilities they are doing some really exciting, ambitious innovative work. The website developed out of a course we devised specifically for the group to provide guidance support and training, developing their skills from traditional paper based drawing to using Photoshop. The website uses artwork generated by the group both traditionally and digitally and showcases some of their animation work.

The following productions involve a partnership between Wiltshire College and a range of clients. IMC has brokered an agreement where in exchange for a longer production cycle and carrying some risk, the client gets a cheaper product and a real engagement with the training of a small student production team. As a client-led production this is an assessed assignment for the students; with a real client, a real budget and hard deadlines, the benefits of this safety netted exercise are considerable. IMC provides quality control and expert input, bringing in industry professionals as appropriate. The productions below have been made with students from University of Bath HND Media Production taking the lead

Partnership Productions
CMS
Client: Joining Forces, training providers to the Military
Product: DVD
Purpose: The moving image part of a blended learning course, BTEC Certificate in Management Studies, tailored specifically for the Army. Introduction/promotion and three short training sections on getting started on the course.

Adapting to Change
Client: ESF/EQUAL funded consortium of Colleges in the South West
Product: DVD
Purpose: Support for a conference presentation in Bilbao and subsequent dissemination. A series of case studies. Conference brings together all the ESF/Equal funded partners in Europe for a review of progress and achievements.

Animate Communicate
Client: Animate Communicate
Product: Video
Purpose: To provide a vehicle for explaining and promoting what AC do to funders and prospective hosts. The tape uses animation produced by the group and follows the group running animation workshops in schools…. “tackling issues of inclusion by stealth”

Millennium
Client: an adhoc group of people with learning difficulties in receipt of a Millennium award
Product: Video
Purpose: A documentary style training video for people working in the front line service sector promoting good communication. Shows people with learning difficulties playing an active part in the community and offers advice on effective communication.

Courses
Content Rich Website Design
Taught by an award winning web designer, this popular course is now running an additional production-led top up in our Multimedia Suite

Photoshop Techniques
Led by a professional photographer this course is a crossover from a traditional darkroom course for photographers new to digital technology.

Photoshop Mac cross platform
As our Mac facility grows we can respond to demand for training on this industry standard graphics and media platform. Email us for latest start dates

Networking

IMC continues to be active with the Wiltshire and Swindon Moving Image Hub, and hosted the May meeting. The portal/bulletin board at www.mediahubbub.co.uk is maintained by IMC and provides a forum for practitioners, trainers and teachers working with the moving image. Through the hub IMC has brokered a residency for practitioner in a school in Bath and sourced an appropriately experienced animator for Animate Communicate. The hub recently received funding through South West Screen for the production of 2x90 sec shorts under the CultureThing scheme. Ultimately this will feed into a series of snap shots of youth culture in the South West.

Working with the hub, IMC is developing opportunities for new filmmakers to network, develop skills and contacts and get their work screened. Preloader (working title) brings this together starting in the autumn.

IMC is taking part in the South West Media Employers Forum and links up with media related Centres Of Vocational Excellence all round the country.

IMC was represented at the Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership conference.


April 2004


IMC on the move!
On Monday April 26 IMC will be located at a purpose built media centre in Chippenham. Funded through CoVE and NTI the centre offers extensive media production and post production facilities complementing IMC’s existing multimedia development resources. From this new base IMC will shortly be offering training and production in a Mac based environment as well as on a PC/Windows platform. The new facilities include two studios, a post production suite offering 5 x G4/FCP4 ‘booths’ and 4 x PC/Premiere edits work stations. The existing multimedia development facility will be housed in an ergonomically designed fully air conditioned lab.

IMC continues to offer the full range of existing services and now welcomes enquiries for training conference facilities and resources hire. Contact us for the latest on this service!

February 2004


eLearning conference CDROM
IMC successfully completed production on the eLearning conference CDROM, this is now in distribution by our clients: LSDA, City & Guilds and NIACE. The clients were so impressed with the work of our staff/student team that they set up duplication for both versions that were completed. One offers a solid but straightforward interpretation of the brief, the other provides a more intuitive interface to the materials gathered on conference day.
If you would like a copy please contact info@imc24.co.uk

Creative Voice for Chippenham website
IMC is developing production-led training in website production, in the autumn our webdesigner started working with a group of young people in Chippenham on a website for Creative Voice for Chippenham. Content production is still underway. (work in progress)

Animate Communicate website
IMC has been commissioned to work with Animate Communicate to develop a website. Animate Communicate has developed an innovative approach to exploring issues of disability and inclusion using stop frame animation. The website will be produced in collaboration with members of the group through a series of content development workshops.

Mediahubbub
IMC supports Moving Image Educators! Mediahubbub is a portal and bulletin board supported by SWScreen for practitioners and teachers working with moving images. The site is designed, produced and maintained by IMC.

Shaftesbury and District Tourism Association member websites
IMC goes to Dorset! IMC is currently developing a production-led training programme for members of Shaftesbury and District Tourism Association. Participants in the programme will develop their web presence over a 5-week course.

Partnership Productions:
IMC is currently developing 4 partnership productions for late spring delivery all these production involve media students working on real productions with budgets supported and guided by IMC producer, teaching staff and with support from media professionals.

Adapting to Change
A presentation for the Bilbao conference of a group of organisations in Spain, Portugal, Italy and England all working with rural industries supporting change and adaptation. Six colleges in the South West of England are being funded by the EU programme EQUAL to explore ways of using information and communication technology with a range of groups from dairy farmers to artists. IMC is producing their conference presentation

We are part of the community
A short video produced with a group of people with learning difficulties based in Wiltshire. The group successfully gained a Millennium award for a project proposal about communication. Part of the proposal was for a video aimed at frontline workers in the service industries designed to remind them of good communication practice that can enable people with learning difficulties to play a full part in the life of the community.

Animate Communicate video
Animate Communicate use stop action animation as a strategy for exploring issues of inclusion and disability with young people. Members of Animate Communicate have disabilities. This video will provide a further layer of development to the learning experience provided by their workshops and will be used in promoting future workshops.

CMS video
This video will form a key part of a distance-learning course leading to the award of Certificate in Management Studies. The course is delivered as blended learning:
a paper based workbook, recording evidence and gathering documentation;
a Virtual Learning Environment providing online support, networking, links and documentation
an audio/visual element..CDROM/DVD providing lively visual interest, motivation and support

November 2003


HNC MultiMedia
IMC is collaborating on the development of a MultiMedia HNC for online delivery. Going live this month, HNCMM uses Wiltshire College’s new learning environment, eStudy. In its first year of development this will only be released to a targeted client group but interactive learning materials will be placed on this website for wider testing.

Flash Lighting Tutorial
Flash Button Tutorial

Adding ‘e’ to learning
IMC/Wiltshire College Centre of Vocational Excellence has been commissioned to produce the conference report for Adding e to learning, the South West Conference on elearning. The conference took place in Bristol in October and post production work is well underway. The report is being produced by Media Production and MultiMedia students in CDROM format, working alongside industry professionals. The CD is set for delivery to delegates in December.

Knowledge Nugget and WebPitStops
...the pit stop on the information highway… IMC is now offering intensive small group training sessions with a bite to eat. Each WebPitStop offers the chance to get a fast skill update at the beginning or end of the working week. The 3 hour sessions are primarily aimed at businesses wanting to develop dynamic database driven websites. Aware that for many training takes place on the run, IMC has enlisted the support of the Hartham House kitchens to provide a tasty late breakfast or early lunch.

Creative Voice for Chippenham
IMC is working with local young people to produce a portal-style website for the Creative Voice for Chippenham project. This production-led training initiative is designed to provide training both for youth workers and their clients in order that they can maintain and develop the site themselves. The website idea has evolved from a series of digital content workshops, 3 Day Wonders run by IMC in the summer.

June 2003


Media Education Hub
IMC is supporting the development of a Media Education Hub for the region. The hub brings together teachers, media practitioners and arts workers networking on media education. The hub enables collaboration on the development of media education materials and projects. IMC is developing a proposal for a Passport to Media..a programme of production-led training projects for young people linked to real industrial experience. The pilot programme will be delivered by member organisations of the hub.

Summer at IMC
July the IMC staff team contribute to the Corsham Media Park open day….
Fun with Flash
Fun with Photoshop

3 Day Wonders
A series of short courses specifically aimed at young people between school and college.
Computer Games
Special Effects
Sound & Vision

Autumn Seminars
Weds Oct 1
Jacquie Bennett an expert in elearning and information architecture leads a seminar on Website usability.

Missed the seminar? click to view Jacquie's power point presentation

April 2003 imc launches specialist short course programme


April 2003 imc collaborates with mousepower productions on broadband portal Axis:

ALKEMI Group invites you to register early for complimentary AXis Membership to take advantage of professional services soon to be available at Corsham Media Park and Hartham Park, including:

Broadband connectivity with a suite of online business applications and resources

A business setting with workstations, café, administrative tools, and publications
A community of media and technology companies, freelancers and sole traders
Networking events and other social occasions
Meeting room and catering hire tailored to your specific needs
Strategic business services for hire through ALKEMI partnerships
Leisure facilities for working out or winding down
Enrolment is now open for membership to AXis. Through AXis, individuals and companies working in Wiltshire will be able to take advantage of support and workspace without having to lease offices at ALKEMI Group venues, Corsham Media Park and Hartham Park. Additionally, Business Link, Smart South West and SWRDA have supported ALKEMI by underwriting first year memberships to AXis.

Tired of commuting day after day? Had enough of working from home when remote from the office? Take advantage of this exciting and pioneering offer (for free!) by emailing rachel@mpowerassociates.com.

March 2003 imc launched by Government Minister


The interactive media centre was opened in March 2003 by Margaret Hodge MP, Minister of State for Further and Higher Education. The imc is supported by Wiltshire College as part of its recently awarded Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) status in Digital and Broadcast Media. The CoVE award is a recognition of the leading role being played by Wiltshire College in responding to the Government’s Workforce Development initiative in the Creative Industries. imc builds on existing industry/education partnerships, has

attracted expertise and funding to enhance those relationships and has a roster of expert, industrially experienced tutors and course leaders to call on.

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