Guest lecture from Hurricane Media MD lands UWE student highly prized job

Issue date: 19 November 2013

Dan Jones, who studied Filmmaking and Creative Media at UWE, landed a much sought-after role in the media industry immediately on graduation thanks to attending a guest lecture from Hurricane Media MD, Jon Mowat.

Dan, who is now a Production and Edit Assistant atHurricane, and Jon were invited back to UWE recently by lecturer Abigail Davies to share advice on how to make it in such a competitive industry.

Dan said that Jon's talk inspired him to ask him for a valuable work experience opportunity as the first step on his career. He wanted to work at Hurricane after seeing their showreel and hearing about Jon's vast industry experience, including at the BBC.

“I have always been ambitious and keen to get ahead in the film industry. I knew the sector was tough, but after watching Jon's lecture with a video of him scrolling his inbox full of CVs, I discovered just how tough. Jon stressed the importance of work experience and having the right attitude, being polite and helpful (and learning to make good tea!)

“At the end of the session, Jon offered work experience on a first-come first-served basis. I was pumped-up after the talk and rushed to ask Jon about the job. I even asked if I could help out with set-building to get an extra day - using my experience in B&Q to try and improve my chances!

“It was also great to see someone Jon's age who owned his own media company that produced good stuff and who was so passionate about a job that he was working in.”

Dan enjoyed his first work experience with Hurricane, and Jon kept asking him back for more experience and later paid work. Dan continued,

“Jon rang me up to tell me a new position as a camera/edit assistant had become available and wondered if I was interested. Obviously I jumped at the opportunity. It has been great and I feel very lucky to be here.”

A highlight has been working on an advert for Barclaycard at Pinewood Studios where some of Dan's favourite films have been made.

Jon Mowat said, “I really enjoy meeting students who want to get into the industry, and giving them advice from an industry perspective. At Hurricane, we're keen to nurture new talent and offer work experience, and we've been impressed with Dan's skills, enthusiasm and his willingness to learn. Dan is a real asset to the team.”

Abigail Davies, associate head of the Creative Industries department at UWE said, “We are delighted that his time on BA (Hons) Filmmaking and Creative Media equipped Dan with the wide range of skills that he needed to impress Hurricane Media. Dan grasped the opportunity offered by the company and proved himself to be a trustworthy, creative and resourceful team member. As a result he landed a full-time job. It's a great result, and a wonderful endorsement of Dan's initiative and the quality of his degree course."

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