Lady Rocks and NCL Partnership

Film & Television Lecturer Alan Moffat and Josh Anderson (Lady Rocks Club Development Officer)

The Film & TV department have entered into a partnership with Lady Rocks, Glasgow’s female section of basketball team, Glasgow Rocks. The team caters for girls aged 10 through to Senior women, and play in the Scottish Basketball Championship.

From September 2018, we will be filming senior home games on a Friday evening at the facility based at St Maurice’s High school. HNC and HND Television students will be on hand to gain valuable experience in filming and streaming live events and running a multi-camera set up.

“The opportunity to film match days for Lady Rocks was too good to pass up. After meeting with Josh Anderson, Club Development Officer, we quickly established that there were areas that our students could develop further such as creating training videos, putting together highlights packages for social media and interviewing coaches, players and fans alike. There is also the prospect of live streaming match days which is an area that we were looking to expand into and it is a service which will enable us to film and stream major college events such as the student graduation”

Alan Moffat, Film & TV Lecturer.

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In The Picture: Jordanne Lee

The Life Of A Glasgow Girl Blog

Student Jordanne Lee has a busy schedule. In addition to looking after her young son and studying NC Film & Photography at New College Lanarkshire’s Cumbernauld campus she also runs the site ‘The Life of A Glasgow Girl‘; a lifestyle blog that covers topics such as beauty, fashion, parenting and much more.

Within the Film & Television department we’ve seen a steady increase in the number of students who use or wish to use online platforms like Instagram, YouTube or blogging/vlogging as the main focus for their work, and have chosen our NC Film & Photography or HN Film & Television courses to learn the range of production skills needed in these areas.  We caught up with Jordanne to ask her about the site and how her course feeds into her work as a blogger.

When and what made you start your blog; ‘The Life of a Glasgow Girl’?

I started my blog back in 2015 but I wasn’t known as “The Life of a Glasgow Girl”, To start with, I simply used my name as I was new to the bloggersphere. One day I decided I was sick of living my dream through other people by just reading their blogs so I had a go for myself.

I really liked the idea of being able to write about what I wanted when I wanted, I had a plan of sharing my opinions on products and sharing funny stories about my son, but I did fall away from those topics for a while. After getting used to blogging for a few months I wanted a rebrand, I wasn’t happy with the direction my blog was going in so “The Life of a Glasgow Girl” was born. Since I had my rebrand I feel my blog has just kept growing and growing. It’s been an exciting journey to be on, if I’m honest, I couldn’t imagine my life without my blog anymore.

How difficult is it to balance your studies with your work on the site?

At first I found it very difficult to juggle college, my blog and being a mother, it took me a while to get into a routine. I tried so hard to do everything all at once but after I took a step back, stopped YouTube and prioritised my time I found that everything ran a lot smoother. Now I can fit everything in with no problems, still allowing me to take on new work, be the best mum I can be and keep my college work all up to date. For me it’s all about taking things one step at a time, breathing through the stress then tackling what I need to.

Tell us one of the highs and one of the lows of your journey as a blogger?

This is a very difficult question because since starting my blogging journey I have had an array of highs. I have worked with some pretty amazing brands to date like Boohoo, The Body Shop, SECC, became a brand ambassador for Magnitone London and built up amazing working relationships with many others which you can see here.

One of the lows would have to be dealing with online trolls, there was a point it got so bad I had to get the police involved but luckily it calmed down. It was a low point for me as I stopped blogging for a month or so and I missed it so much. I managed to get my head back into the right place where I could face it all again.

Has studying NC Film & Photography helped with any aspects of your blogging?

My main focus for starting this course was to up my skills for my blog, since starting my NC in Film & Photography my photos have improved dramatically. I have been able to think outside the box more when it comes to taking photos and applying techniques I’ve learned in college. I knew being on this course would help me but I definitely underestimated just how much it would help me, I’m a much more confident blogger I would say and I know others have picked up on this as well. I no longer second guess myself, I’m able to produce good written content along with high quality photos to match, Running a blog is filled with so much work that you don’t initially realise, especially if you want to succeed in this industry so taking on a course which has helped me improve all my skills is the best step I could have taken to really help boost “The Life of a Glasgow Girl”

Your course finishes in June this year, have you made any future plans?

I’ve applied for HNC Film & Television as I really want pursue the video side of everything more, the way the industry is growing right now it would really help me to have filming experience under my belt and this would help dramatically if I want to go back to YouTube. I’ve got my conditional offer so fingers crossed my NC goes well, I’ll be back again in August.

In terms of my blog I hope to keep growing, learning as I go and hopefully one day I’ll be able to make it my full time job as that really is where I would love to take it, it’s an industry I’m in love with, what better way to spend the next few years than being my own boss?

NC Film & Photography student and blogger Jordanne Lee

“Jordanne is a great example of a new generation of media students that are using digital imaging and film production skills to generate their own content and distribution channels, bypassing more traditional routes through the Creative Industries sector.

Over the last five years we’ve been adapting our courses to cater for this type of autonomous content production and it’s good to see students like Jordanne taking these skills and applying them in these areas. Her focus, dedication and drive have impressed everyone in the department.”

-Michael Grant, Film & Televsion Lecturer

Study NC Film & Photography at New College Lanarkshire
As part of a new initiative launched this year all bursary funded students accepted onto the NC Film & Photography course at Cumbernauld campus will receive their very own camera, tripod and camera bag.  The equipment will be theirs to keep on successful completion of their one year course as part of a costed programme within New College Lanarkshire. The equipment for the current cohort of students includes:


  •  Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400 Camera
  •  Manfrotto Compact Advanced aluminium tripod with 3-way head
  •  Manfrotto Advanced camera shoulder bag

Applications for the NC Film & Photography course (beginning 20th August 2018)  are now being taken. To apply follow this link 

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Baby Steps

Baby Steps is a social enterprise that offers affordable goods for newborns, whilst also providing inclusive employment for adults with disabilities. The shop in  Kirk Wynd, Falkirk stocks a variety of products for infants, from buggies, baths and cots to changing units, clothes and toys. In addition to the services they provide to low income families the enterprise also fulfills an ecological role.

“Baby Steps also provides a really useful alternative for families keen to recycle their much loved baby equipment and expect to divert around 60 tonnes from landfill.” 

– Claire Davis, Baby Steps.

Left – Right: Galway Students Fionn and Barra, HND Television students Albert and Stephanie.

HND Film and Television students Albert Lucas and Stephanie Moir were joined by Barra Convery and Fionn Beardon, (who were visiting the department on an exchange from Galway Technical Institute), to film footage at the shop in Kirk Wynd and obtain some vox pops with members of the public in Falkirk about Baby Steps as a social enterprise.

“The students were aware of the sensitivities of filming at the Baby Steps shop as they had been briefed beforehand. During the filming, they conducted the interviews with the staff superbly and they managed to demonstrate a high degree of initiative during the vox pops interviews on Falkirk High Street.” 

  • Alan Moffat, Film & Television Lecturer


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In The Picture: Barbara Ostrowska

‘In The Picture’ is a series of articles where we feature our student’s work and give some insight into their future ambitions. First up is NC Film & Photography student Barbara Ostrowska. Click on the photo’s in  the feature to view a gallery of the full size shots:

When did you take up photography?

As a little child a close person to me gave me my first camera a Smena, a film camera. When I lived in Poland the country was under communist rule and as a result the only film that was available was a roll of 24 exposures. I believe this is the best way of learning photography. This person started teaching me different compositions and at the same time how to develop them in a dark room. At the age of 6 years old I was capable of taking pictures and developing them on my own. Sadly, soon after, this person passed away and I didn’t have money to buy my own film, as a result of this I hid my passion down in my heart for years. I was to be able to pick up photography again when I was older and learn new things about it. Photography always stayed in my heart and was close to me. You can photograph everything and anywhere,  you just need to be open towards it.

What equipment do you use?

The best photography camera is the one that you have at the time, it doesn’t matter if it’s a mobile phone or a professional advanced camera. My current equipment consists of;


  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EOS 1DX Mark II


  • EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USMEF
  • EF 2x III 70-200mm f/2.8L USMExtender
  • EF 50mm f/1.2L
  • EF 85mm f/1.2L II
  • EF 300mm f/4L IS
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM

Other Equipment

  • Manfrotto 190X Aluminium 3 Section Tripod with XPRO Fluid Head
  • Manfrotto Befree Live Aluminium Travel Tripod with Fluid Head
  • Manfrotto Large Advanced Tri Camera Backpack
  • Speedlite 600EX II-RT
  • Yongnuo YN-300III (5500K) LED Light


Which photographers inspire you?

This is a very difficult question. The people who inspired me have varied over the years. For many years I was inspired and passionate about street photographers, one of the people that most influenced me throughout my life is Joel Meyerowitz. I love this photographer for his passion, his work, his personality and for the way he passes on his knowledge to others.

I love Marco Groba’s portraits, Larsen Sotelo’s feminine photos, fashion shots by Alex Lubomirski,  the expressive emotions in Peter Lindebergh’s work and Jake Darwen’s lighting or the painterly style of Sonia Szóstak, and of course Steve McCurry and Albert Watson. I think that inspiration is also based on looking online at other photographers work. Very often I go to an art museum, as for me paintings are an inspiration, their composition, lighting and colour are extraordinary.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

If someone had asked me a year ago I would’ve answered that I see myself as a Photojournalist, somewhere in the world, telling a difficult but truthful story. Today I am not so sure, I found that I also love studio work. I cannot see myself in a few years time, the wind will guide me. It all depends who or what comes onto my path and what will happen. I know one thing for sure, in five years time I still want to be a photographer that not only has passion but also earns a living from doing what they love.

See more of Barbara’s work at her Facebook page.

“Barbara is one of the most talented and skilled photographers it has been my pleasure to tutor during my time at New College Lanarkshire delivering the NC Film & Photography course. In addition to her studies she is also undertaking her first steps in freelance work in photography.

Documentary/event photography is one of the most pressured and technically demanding areas for any photographer to work in and Barbara has shown time and time again that she can cover a variety of subject matter, lighting conditions and locations and still deliver engaging imagery that tells a story.

I wish her all the best with her future studies and have no doubt she will continue to produce great photo’s, as she has a true passion for photography, evident in all her work.”

-Michael Grant, Film & Television Lecturer.

Study NC Film & Photography at New College Lanarkshire
As part of a new initiative launched this year all bursary funded students accepted onto the NC Film & Photography course at Cumbernauld campus will receive their very own camera, tripod and camera bag.  The equipment will be theirs to keep on successful completion of their one year course as part of a costed programme within New College Lanarkshire. The equipment for the current cohort of students includes:


  •  Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400 Camera
  •  Manfrotto Compact Advanced aluminium tripod with 3-way head
  •  Manfrotto Advanced camera shoulder bag

Applications for the NC Film & Photography course (beginning 20th August 2018)  are now being taken. To apply follow this link 

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Cage Break

HND Film & Television student Yvette Malone’s short documentary exposes the cruel practices involved in the battery hen industry and how three ex-caged hens were rescued and re-housed.

Yvette Malone

The documentary mixes hard hitting archive footage with location interviews and a skyped video presentation from the American animal activist Gary Yourofsky.

Following on from her HND Film & Television course at New College Lanarkshire, Yvette went on to study BA Hon’s in Television at Napier University’s Glasgow campus, graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in 2017.

You can catch Yvette at her YouTube channel Electric Vegan where she puts her production skills as a documentarist and vlogger to good use in her channel which is based around Vegan and animal activisim issues.

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Difference is a short film directed and produced by HND Film & Television student Johnny Lynn.  It’s his response to a single word brief; “Difference” that was set by Napier University as part of the entrance criteria for their BA Film degree course interviews held in March 2018.

Actors Stuart Bell and Colleen Hay play the leads in the short film “Difference”.

Johnny chose a simple and topical theme of the difference between a man and a woman, in their preparations and experience of a night out, using his post production skills to composite a split screen effect to tell both stories simultaneously.

Written, Directed, Filmed and Edited by Jonathan Lynn.
Production Sound – Sean Gallagher.
Post Production Sound – Thomas Dornan

Colleen Bell as The Woman
Stuart Hay as The Man
Steven Warnock as The Sleaze

Extras –
Pete Smith
Lewis Matheson
Garry Thomson
Cameron Shaw
Benji Lynn
Jordan McBride

Music in the pub – Catacomb by Tijuana Bibles

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Watch Us Grow

Watch Us Grow is a voluntary organisation, charity and social enterprise based in  Cumbernauld. The organisation was established in 1999 with the aim of helping people with support needs lead more fulfilling lives. They use their garden facilities in Palacerigg Park to provide horticultural therapy, helping people build confidence, self esteem and employability skills, supported by a small number of staff and  local volunteers.

HND Film and Television students, Daryl Devine and Hannah Knowles, were tasked with filming on location at the Watch Us Grow garden and shop at Palacerigg and shooting an interview with Watch Us Grow’s general manager Anne McCulloch, who gives some background to the organisation in the film.

“It is particularly satisfying for our students in HN Film and Television to create and produce promotional content for third sector charities like “Watch Us Grow”.

Organisations like this often struggle to find the funds to produce filmed promotional content.  Short films like these can offer different viewpoints around an issue and give social enterprises such as these a much needed promotional platform for their endeavours.”

-Michael Grant, Film & Television Lecturer.

For more details on Watch Us Grow please visit their website at:

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HND Film & Television: Motion Graphics

HND Film & Television students are now well underway with their final semester units and projects, filming documentaries, short films and music videos that will hopefully make it into their finished Graded Unit showreels due in June.

Production storyboards for Jonathan Lynn’s Dog Dead Productions

One of the units timetabled this term is Compositing and Motion Graphics where the students design a logotype for their own production company and render an animation for it in Adobe’s After Effects. This animation will form the opening sequence for their finished showreels.  This unit is one of a number in our HN Film & Television course that teaches post-production and specific software skills.

Applications for our HNC Film & Television course (beginning 20th August 2018)  are now being taken. To apply follow this link 


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Shift: Clocked In…Punched Out

The Shift project came to a spectacular conclusion last week with a four night run of live performances at Summerlee Heritage Museum, which received some glowing reviews.

“The dictionary offers various meanings for the word ‘shift’: Simon Sharkey’s large-scale community production – staged onsite at Summerlee by the National Theatre of Scotland – embraces several of them in strikingly epic style.”

– Mary Brennan, The Herald.

“Visually the production is stunning and spectacular in nature. Moments of beautiful live music, smoke and flashing lights to large white globes turning from back breaking products of labour into a fun game in which the audience is included.”

– Lucy Newbery, Underdog Reviews.

The final episode of  SHIFT Transmission is also now online and looks back on the project with director Simon Sharkey and some of the community cast participants, who talk with  affection about the friendships and memories that have been forged during this project.  This last episode also features some vox pops with members of the audience, shot on the last night of the performance by HND Film and Television student Cameron Shaw.

The National Theatre of Scotland have been very generous in their praise of the contribution made by our HN Film and Television students over the last eight weeks:

“Thanks to all the wonderful students at New College Lanarkshire who’ve helped us go behind the scenes, the cast and creatives who brought SHIFT to life and to our audiences who braved the weather to come and put in a shift!”

And our own thanks go out to Emma Schad, Seth Hardwick and especially Lead Producer Kim Beveridge at The National Theatre of Scotland, for giving our students the chance to add such an ambitious and creative project to their production CVs.

Credits for Shift Transmission listing HN Film & Television students that worked on the project.

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I Am The Resurrection

This cover of The Stone Roses’ “I Am The Ressurection” is the encore from an entire concert film titled “One Night With Codeine Velvet Club”. The film was planned, filmed, edited and produced by staff and students at New College Lanarkshire’s Film & TV Department, to promote the band’s debut UK tour.

A five camera setup was used to record the footage for the film, including a dolly track stage-front, a locked off camera at the back of the stage and three hand held cameras in operation during the gig.   Weeks of planning led up to the show in November at Glasgow’s Oran Mor and New College Lanarkshire HN Film & Television students were involved in all parts of the production.

“‘There are no second chances with live events, and filming them is one of the most demanding and exciting areas of the business to work in. Giving the students the chance to work on actual industry projects like this offers them invaluable experience, which greatly benefits their own studies and work.”

“They were able to take part in each of stage of the project and saw the job through to completion, delivering a quality film of a great performance to one of the biggest media companies in the world – Universal.”

– Michael Grant, Film & TV Lecturer,
New College Lanarkshire.

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