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Bedfordshire media performance students learn from TV director maestro

Thu 8th March, 2012

Budding TV presenters at the University of Bedfordshire picked up top tips and advice when acclaimed TV director Jamie Annett visited the Luton campus earlier this month.

Jamie ran a masterclass as part of the recently launched Postgraduate Certificate course in ‘Performing Before the Camera’, and helped students brush up on their presenting skills.

Jamie, who has extensive experience directing television programmes including the BBC serials Eastenders and Holby City, said:”I was delighted to be invited to share my knowledge and experience with the students, helping them work out their ideas and encouraging them to develop their presentation skills to camera.

“I’ve been really impressed with the quality of the Bedfordshire students I’ve worked with today and really think these personalities have what it takes to succeed in the television industry.”

Course leader Dr. Maria Wiener said: “Jamie Annett is an inspiring mentor. Drawing from his vast experience he helped the students to relax and perform to the best of their abilities. Students responded with great enthusiasm to his directions and were enabled to showcase their personalities and developing skills in front of the camera.

Working with a professional director of this calibre has undoubtedly raised their expectations and pushed them to aim for a performance of a high professional standard.”

The students enjoyed the masterclass and picked up on helpful tips.

Leanne Fraser said: “I found Jamie's class fantastic. He gave me a lot of constructive feedback after every shoot and encouraged me to work hard and deliver my best pieces of work so far. I liked that he wanted to push me because he could see the potential even when I couldn't and made everything easy for me to understand and incorporate into my work.”

Fellow student Emily Blake said: "It was great learning from Jamie. He has a very strong background in directing, so it was amazing to get feedback from him.”

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