Industry Interviews – John Hare & Dave Jones

Throughout the week I have been interviewing some of the many people who have come to meet the students and I thought I’d share those links with you.

Monday – Interviewed John Hare, consultant games designer with Tower Studios in London. Has worked in different roles with different companies and was lead designer of Sensible Soccer, amongst others.

I also interviewed Dave Jones, freelance camera operator for Reuters, who started out life 12 years ago as a professional footballer.

You can hear their interviews here on: Audioboo podcasts

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Industry Week – East Coast Media

Before Christmas planning began for East Coast Media’s industry week, which takes place every year at the end of January. The talks feature people from a range of subjects who come in and talk about their career and their job.

This year the event is bigger and better. It starts on Monday January 24th and the key speaker on that day is John Hare who will be talking about concepts to consoles. John is a computer games designer, as well as a game artist and musician. He was one of the founder members of Sensible Software and co-designer and artist on Parallax, SEUCK and Wizkid. He is also a voting member of BAFTA and works for them as a juror and mentor.

Also on that day there will be a talk from Julie Woolley on graduate teaching training opportunities. Julie has worked in education since 1974 and has been an OfSted inspector as well as working as a headteacher.

On Tuesday, the highlight will be digital marketeer, Lee Smallwood, who will deliver two talks. One to the students on how to use social media to develop their career prospects and in the evening for business and industry as part of Creative Humber. The evening talk will be on creating visibility for their brand using social media.

Lee has worked on projects and campaigns ranging from large scale SEO projects to using social media platforms for product launches. Clients include Vodafone, Sarah Beeny, Orange, Huggies and Hitachi.

Other talks include BBC multi-media journalist Tarah Welsh, who has recently taken on the job in Grimsby covering the region for BBC Look North and Radio Humberside. Before coming to the area, she worked for BBC East Midlands.

Steve Lycett from Sumo Digital will give a talk about routes into the games industry.He is currently Development Producer but also acts as a designer.

This is just a taste of what to expect. Monday to Friday will see different guest speakers from all areas of the creative media industry talking to East Coast Media students.

For further information on industry week call 01472 315550. Look out for interviews with some of the speakers posted here.