Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Canadian Film Giants Guide Young Welsh Filmmakers at Newport and Glamorgan

Skillset Screen Academy Wales hosted two days of crash seminars for young Welsh film school students and new graduates.

Masterclasses were held on the Caerleon and Trefforest campuses for Welsh film students.

The sessions were led by Canadian Film & TV expert Sherry Lawr, who is also a professor in the Media Arts Depratment of Canada's world famous Sheridan Insitute School of Arts, Animation and Design.

Sherry Lawr has worked as a producer in the Canadian television industry for more than 20 years.

Specializing in news and current affairs programming, Sherry spent 12 years with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation working in Toronto as an Associate Director, Line Producer and Coordinating Producer on a number of award winning programs including The Journal, The 5th Estate and Marketplace.

In 1994 Sherry left CBC to help launch Studio 2 at TVOntario. As Coordinating Producer she was responsible for all production aspects of the show. In 1997 she launched her own lifestyle program with host Maureen Taylor, and in 1998 became the Head of Production for TVOntario.

For the past 8 years she has been a Professor and Program Coordinator of the Media Arts program at Sheridan College in Oakville. Sherry continues to work in the industry on a freelance basis and last year line produced CTV’s The Next Great Prime Minister.

Professor Lawr 'Sherry' led the Newport and Glamorgan film students in a session on Monday considering pre-production planning. The cutting edge technology of Pre-Viz was discussed, as well as the rudiments of the film business.

Toronto has emerged in the past two decades as a world class centre for film and the arts, and the industry and academic ties between Ontario and Wales go way back. The Welsh speaking church in Toronto is among the largest in North America, and will celebrate its 100th anniversary this summer.

Accompanying Professor Lawr was Sandy McKean, ‘Sandy’ McKean, Sheridan Institute's Associate Dean of Media and Journalism programs. Sandy talked with Welsh film students after the sessions about their careers. Sandy told the Newport and Glamorgan students about his distinguished career in television and journalism.

Dean McKean 'Sandy' headed development and the management of CBC Newsworld and his most recent title was Director, CBC TV News, Administration and Staff Development, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Sheridan Institute

Academi Sgrin Cymru Skillset / Skillset Screen Academy Wales (SSAW)

Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries

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