Incoming SAE Liverpool students embark on their Creative Futures with industry professional panel event

11 Jul 2019

On 4 July, SAE Liverpool hosted a Creative Futures panel event, which was a fantastic opportunity for our September starters to meet one another and network with creative professionals and current students before their course has even begun. 

The five speakers were Opinder Chaggar (Animation), Mike Cave (Audio), Duncan Lewis (Music Business), John Maxwell (Film) and Richard Davies (Web Development). 

Opinder has 15 years experience in the Games Industry, working for Ninja Theory, SONY, EA, Trion, Warner Bros (Travellers Tales). He’s worked on triple A titles including Heavenly Sword, The Bourne Supremacy, Rift (MMO) and Lego Games. Opinder said: “There are no shortcuts in Animation - you manufacture everything and every frame.” 

His advice to the incoming students was: "'Everybody has a story to tell, tell yours.'' Opinder also said: "Surround yourself with people that are better than you and leave your ego out the door, then watch how quick you grow." 

Lydia Quinn, who is excited to be studying Game Art and Animation in September, said: “I thought the panelists were incredibly open and honest about each of their industries, about their own jobs and about the possible futures that were in store for future/current students studying at SAE.” 

   
 

"I THOUGHT THE PANELISTS WERE INCREDIBLY OPEN AND HONEST ABOUT EACH OF THEIR INDUSTRIES, ABOUT THEIR OWN JOBS AND ABOUT THE POSSIBLE FUTURES THAT WERE IN STORE FOR FUTURE/CURRENT STUDENTS STUDYING AT SAE."

- LYDIA QUINN, SOON-TO-BE GAME ART AND ANIMATION STUDENT

   

 

Matthew Lewin, who is also looking forward to start studying Game Art and Animation, said: “I found the panel to be very good to attend. I found it very informative to hear from people who have been in the industry and to hear their experience. I look forward to seeing how the industry may be when I enter it in the future.” 

The film industry was well represented with John Maxwell, who has produced four feature films and 20 shorts, broadcast on BBC and HBO, and has won awards and official selection at festivals worldwide. 

Nathan Povall, who is keen to start studying Digital Film Production at SAE from September said: “I’m very glad I found the time to attend the event, the panelists offered some of the best advice for someone hoping to make a career in the creative/entertainment industry, it was an invaluable experience and I learned so much in such a short space of time. It has filled me with confidence over my decision to join SAE as a film student in September, I know my future is in safe hands and I can’t wait to get started!” 

SAE Liverpool guest lecturer and Multi-Platinum award-winning producer/mixer Mike Cave gave the attendees insight into his day-to-day operations at The Loft Studios. Mike has enjoyed recent success for his work on Lewis Capaldi’s No. 1 album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent

Ad Latham, who is excited to start studying Audio Production at SAE said: “I thought the event was a great insight into life after uni, being employed in the creative industries.” 

Music Business expert Duncan Lewis has represented and supported artists in their development from raw ambition to chart success in both the UK and International markets with Offbeat MGMT. He has secured his clients high level recording and publishing contracts with both major and independent companies including Universal Records and SONY Music. He has also been involved in the creative, planning and executing of national promotions involving digital media, radio, TV and press campaigns. Duncan is also a guest lecturer at SAE Liverpool for the business module. 

Duncan said: “It really was a great evening to be a part of. It gave us all the opportunity to gain some insight into the future developments and indeed the challenges across our more than ever connected sectors. And importantly, it was also our first chance to meet some of the students who will be starting out on their own SAE journey and likewise for them to get a first taste of some of the exciting things to come over the next two years.”  

Current SAE Liverpool student Daniel Alexander enjoyed the panel event as much as the incoming freshers. 

He said: “SAE talks like this offer an invaluable insight into the mechanics of how creative professionals operate in the industry. The informal nature allows you to ask questions and obtain key information, knowledge you wouldn’t necessarily find in books or journals. I would highly recommend.” 

   
 

"IT WAS A REALLY ENJOYABLE AND REWARDING EVENT AND JUDGING BY THE INTEREST, ATTENDANCE AND ATTENTION FROM THE YOUNG PEOPLE THERE, LIVERPOOL'S CREATIVE FUTURE IS IN SAFE HANDS."

- RICHARD DAVIES, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CYBERFROG DESIGN

   

 

Web Development pro Richard Davies is the Managing Director of Cyberfrog Design, one of the leading web design agencies in Liverpool. The company has been trading for eight years and provides a range of digital services, including web design, app development, digital marketing and SEO, delivered by an in-house team of designers, developers and marketeers. 

Richard said: "It was a really enjoyable and rewarding event and judging by the interest, attendance and attention from the young people there, Liverpool's creative future is in safe hands." 

We couldn’t agree with Richard more! 

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