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Lucy Banks

Lucy has enjoyed her degree studies while fitting in a part-time job and an active role in the University Drama Society.

Lucy  Banks

BA (Hons) Television Production*

'I liked Teesside best – I was impressed by the campus and the state-of-the-art newsroom and broadcast studio facilities in the Athena Building.'

What brought you to Teesside University?

I looked at other universities, but I liked Teesside best – I was impressed by the campus and the state-of-the-art newsroom and broadcast studio facilities in the Athena Building.

What’s the course like?

I’m so glad I came here. The staff all have industry backgrounds, and my year group has been wonderful – we work together well, with some healthy competition. In addition to lectures and essays, we learn by working in teams to make films. Team membership is rotated, to prepare us for the realities of the industry.

How do you make films?

We made one film in Year 1, and then six in Year 2. We made an interview film, an archive-based film and an actuality film – a day in the life of the owner of a local newsagent’s. Then there were two studio-based films – we had to start from scratch, coming up with an idea, building the set, writing the script and filming. One was a film review programme – I worked as production assistant, in charge of the timing. The other was a health and well-being programme, and in this I took the presenter’s role.

Now I’m in Year 3, I have worked on two film projects, each with a different three-person team. The brief for the minor project was ‘a day in the life’. We made a film about a day in the life of a young child, with a soundtrack of adults recounting their earliest childhood memory.

The major project was a documentary about the tragic death of cockle pickers in Morecambe Bay, near my home town. We interviewed a local fisherman, the town’s MP, and a musician who organised a benefit concert for dependants of the people who drowned. I was the director and producer, and I was so flattered that it was one of the seven films chosen to be screened at the final degree show.’

* This degree has been renamed BA (Hons) Television and Film Production.