R.I.P. – The Roommate in Post-Life

“Sam moves into her first flat. Everything seems perfect. But  when she’s unpacking  it suddenly appears that she’s not alone.”

R.I.P. is a short film, scripted, directed and produced by student Maja Engnell for her HNC Film and Television graded unit.  It was awarded the best short narrative feature at our inaugural 2018 Film Festival at the CCA.

For her first proper feature Maja wrote a simple script that meant many of the organisational and logistical headaches of the production stage were kept to a manageable minimum.

Utilising three actors, one location and a small crew meant that she could really hone in on the performances and basic technical aspects of directing her first feature, and her finished production greatly impressed all of us here in the department with its assured storytelling, natural performances and gentle comedy.

We often tell students to keep it simple for their first feature and R.I.P. is a great example of this approach.



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The 1st NCL Annual Film Festival Awards

The 1st NCL Annual Film Festival was held on the evening of the 14th of June in the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, which has an excellent small cinema/screening room accommodating an audience of eighty.

Students, their families and friends gathered in the early evening to watch a varied programme of short films, documentaries and showreels compiled from student’s submissions from all levels of our Film and Television courses, and in addition there were ten awards up for grabs in various categories.

These included awards for best male and female actors, cinematography, sound design, documentary and the best short narrative film. HN students were also competing for the  best graded unit submission at both HNC and HND levels.

The best HND student showreel was also awarded and there were some particularly strong submissions from our final year students in this category, which was won by Albert Lucas for his Cinematography and Editing showreel, which can be viewed below.

For a full run down of the winners in each category click on the photo’s in the gallery below and visit our student film archive at this site where all the winning features will be made available to view over the next few months.

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Football Focus for Film and Photography Students

NC Film & Photography students Hannah Love and Barbara Ostrowska pick up their filming kit prior to the trip.

Two NC Film and Photography students; Hannah Love and Barbara Ostrowska, accompanied sports students from NCL’s Broadwood campus to document their recent two week trip to Murcia, Spain funded by the Erasmus programme.

The two were tasked with filming and photographing the sports students during an intensive programme of football coaching and training, which included giving coaching sessions to local schools and matches against local teams.

Click on any of the photo’s below to see galleries of Barbara and Hannah’s shots.

“Having film and photography students come on the Erasmus placement in Murcia is a great opportunity for NC level students to get real experience filming.  Personally I think it’s the best way to learn, by just getting stuck into it.

I learned a lot and gained confidence in myself, working with new people in Murcia I had never met before and setting up shots and conducting interviews. Exposure and focus was always a problem with harsh sunlight, so solving these problems taught me a lot technically.

I learned that filming sport is a lot harder than it looks when it comes to football matches and keeping things in focus was difficult. Working well in a team of two was important and I think me and Barbara did that well and both of us gained a lot from the two weeks.

Overall, I loved it and I am proud of myself for going and have learned so much about filming and gained new confidence. I think it’s something that should happen again for NC Film and Photography students.”

-NC Film & Photography student Hannah Love.

“The girls worked tirelessly throughout the trip and really engaged with the project.  A real credit to themselves and your department.”

-Sport and Fitness Lecturer Ally Breton.

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1ST Annual NCL Film Festival

NCL Film Festival Poster. Image Credit J. D. Lynn

Thursday 14th June marks the first annual New College Lanarkshire Film Festival which is being held in Centre of Contemporary Arts in Glasgow. Students across all three year groups (NC Film & Photography, HNC and HND Film and Television) have been invited to submit their work and there are 10 awards up for grabs including best Cinematography and best Student Showreel.

“This year has perhaps been the most successful for the Film & TV department in terms of the number of projects the students have worked on.

The department has gone through some major changes and the autonomy we now have as a teaching team has allowed us to push forward in the right direction.

Not only has this proved to be beneficial for staff, the learners have responded brilliantly to the projects we have given them and delivered some excellent results throughout the year.

This evening is for them, their friends and families.”

-Alan Moffat, Film & Television Lecturer

NCL Film Festival,
Thursday 14th June, 2018,
Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA),
350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD,
8pm – 11.00pm

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Failure is an option

Question Session Music Conference and Newtworking Event

In the main we tend to focus on student success stories, but we seldom talk about what happens when things go wrong. In March of this year, three HND students attended an event in Glasgow where they were asked to document the day and evening. The Question Session event at the CCA was organised by Music Business students from Coatbridge and EQTV, a commercial company specialising in putting content together for Music Promo were charged with the task of editing the footage from the day.

Unfortunately, the footage captured on the day was not good enough and the editor only managed to put together a 50 second short. The students were given this feedback. They took it well and hopefully they will have learned from the experience.

“It’s hard to pin-point where exactly this went wrong. It could be a combination of the format of the day, the availability of equipment or end of year fatigue. All three students worked hard on the day and they turned up and did what was asked of them. Unfortunately this time, it wasn’t a success and as it was me who chose the students and equipment I decided to take responsibility for how this turned out.

In some ways, failure is not a bad thing as we can learn from our mistakes and remind ourselves that there are certain projects we need to be wary of taking on. We sometimes get approached to film weddings and I always knock back the opportunity…the experience of the Question Session reminds me why.”

-Alan Moffat, Film & Television Lecturer.

“It was all Alan Moffat’s fault..”

-Michael Grant, Film & Television Lecturer.

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NCL Learning Centres Promotion

Over the course of this academic session HND Film & Television students have been filming a number of infomercials to promote various departments within New College Lanarkshire, one of which features the learning centres and library facilities available to students at each campus.

As part of their two week exchange programme Galway Technical Institute students Barra Convery, Fionn Beardon, Joseph Mahon and Matt Dillon were tasked with the pre-production planning for the feature, then filming on location at the learning centres in Coatbrigde and Cumbernauld. They also setup and shot interviews with  Dale Londsdale the learning resource co-ordinator for the LLC at Coatbridge and Bill McConnell the senior learning centre assistant, who outline the facilities and services available to students in the video.

Kirkintilloch Campus LLC

“The students were very professional, particularly in their approach to respecting students not wishing to be filmed in the Learning Centre whilst ensuring equipment was setup before filming. 

The time scheduled for the actual interview was limited and I was impressed with their understanding of this situation and how they were able to setup and record the interview in one session, illustrating to me the knowledge and skills these students have gained in their course is now reflected in their professional approach within the industry.”

– Bill McConnell, Senior Library and Learning Centre Assistant.

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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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