In February 2017, staff from Media and Film Studies, took a group of 34 students on a week long field trip to Los Angeles, California. Students visited a number of Hollywood's historic film studios, including those of Universal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros and Paramount. They enjoyed guided tours and being provided with an invaluable behind-the-scenes look at how the studios function and produce some of the world's most famous films and TV shows.
During the stay, students also visited a number of other sites of cultural and historic interest, including La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles Plaza Historic District, the Farmers' Market and the Dolby Theatre, current home to Hollywood's annual Academy Awards ceremony. A morning at Griffith Observatory offered stunning views of Los Angeles, having also featured in a number of iconic films including 1955's Rebel Without a Cause and this year's Best Picture nomination, La La Land.
Media Studies student, Mel Hill, commented "The trip was the most inspiring and unique experience of my life. I enjoyed every second of it, especially when we spent the day at Universal Studios." These sentiments were echoed by fellow student, Ben Pratchett: "The trip was a fantastic experience. It was amazing to see the various sound stages where some of my favourite TV shows and movies were shot. My favourite part was standing in the sound stage where Star Wars, La La Land and E.T. were scored!"
Lee Bone, Teacher of Media and Film had organised the annual trip and commented "Once again, the trip was a resounding success. Our students have clearly gained a lot from the experience, with many of them returning home with broader horizons and a clearer idea of the wealth of job opportunities available to them. We are now looking forward to offering next year's students the same fantastic opportunity."
Head of Department, James Fraser-Murison also enjoyed the week and was pleased to see the students gaining so much from the experience. His personal highlight however, was meeting Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) himself! Mark Hamill later tweeted pictures taken with our teachers and students (pictured below). A fantastic end to an unforgettable week!
Click here to take a look at a video clip put together by one Media Studies students about the LA Trip.