Start your Story in Creative Industries

Start your Story is a free event aimed at students with an interest in film, television, games design, visual and special effects, and augmented and virtual reality.

This year's event takes place on 6 November 2017 at the iconic BFI Southbank, London, from 3:30pm until 6:00pm.

Start your Story – Monday 6 November 2017

Book your place now »

Create your future

This groundbreaking event has been organised in partnership with The Student Room.

It's aimed at prospective creative industries students, and will feature a panel of experts from the fields of visual effects, gaming, TV, film and animation.

Create your future

Ask the experts

Attendees will have the chance to put their questions to our panel of creative industry experts. There will also be a rare opportunity to speak one-to-one with our panelists.

The University's Advice and Guidance team will be on hand to advise students on how to create the perfect personal statement for their application.

Ask the experts amended

The panel

The panel of creative industry experts will be chaired by Hannah Morrish.

Hannah Morrish

Student Choice and Higher Education Lead, The Student Room

  • Hannah works closely with the government, universities and employers to ensure students are aware of their options
  • Her advice has been published in The Independent, The Guardian, The Telegraph and Times Higher Education
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Industry experts

Hannah will be joined on the panel by:

Dr Carlton Reeve

Head of School for Media, Design and Technology, University of Bradford

  • Carlton is a BAFTA-nominated TV, web and games producer. He has formerly worked for the BBC and is a graduate of the University of Bradford
  • He leads Play with Learning, a creative media service which helps organisations engage with their audiences.
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Lisa Lambert

Executive Producer and Film Financier 

  • Lisa founded Footprint Investments LLP in 2005. The company's investments included the BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • She has worked as a consultant and advisor for a number of media businesses, including the role of Senior Executive on a 30-episode drama, due for release in 2018/19 
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Benson Taylor

Film and Television score composer

  • Benson has written music for the likes of Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, the Walt Disney Company and Dreamworks SKG 
  • His work has featured in films and television shows including Netflix's Orange is the New Black, How to Get Away With Murder and The Big Bang Theory 
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Enzo Cilenti

Actor and Producer

  • Enzo is an award-winning actor and producer, with 20 years experience in cinema and television 
  • He is known for his roles in Game of Thrones, High-rise, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Last Tycoon, Wolf Hall and Bridget Jones' Baby. 
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Iki Ikram

Visual Effects Artist and Photographer 

  • Iki has over 25 years experience in the video games industry. He has worked with the likes of Psygnosis, Sony London Studio, Guerrilla Games and Naughty Dog Studios
  • He recently started a new company called Beyond-FX, who are working on visual effects with Sony Santa Monica and Riot Games
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The location: BFI Southbank

BFI Southbank is the UK's leading repertory cinema.

The state-of-the-art complex is located on the south bank of the Thames. It features three cinema screens, studio, gallery and exhibition space, a mediatheque and a restaurant.

Start your Story – Monday 6 November 2017

Book your place now »

Interested in studying Media, Design and Technology?

Take a look at our undergraduate courses, starting in September 2018.

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