APDirecting Launches MediaStart

April 4th will see the launch of APDirecting’s first project, MediaStart.

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MediaStart will offer 80* young people, aged 18-25 who are out of work, and not in higher education the opportunity to learn more about the film, tv, radio, music and sound industries through a series of short workshops and events.

Devised by the core APD team and developed in collaboration with Glass Eye Productions, Lab Records, Lanor Productions, GAS Music, The Studio, Reform Radio  and The Official Top Ten Night this project hopes to be the start of something big for the creative industries in Manchester and beyond. APDirecting has been born from a deeply rooted belief that by connecting people and sharing knowledge, individuals can improve their employability as well as creating new opportunities and jobs for themselves and others. 

This project has been in the making for over 7 months, including a photoshoot in January for the faces of MediaStart. The aim is to connect and inspire a group of young people by delivering an exciting project which will help to develop skills and encourage learning. The project will help lift the aspirations of the young people involved and help them make informed career choices as well as contributing to Manchester’s ever booming creative economy.

Each MediaStart sector will consist of a short taster event. This will introduce attendees to the industries and roles available within them. They will get the chance to take part in a short interactive activity, ask questions about their hosts, get CV assistance and leave with referrals and resources to help guide their next steps. There will then be a follow-up practical workshop and final event to celebrate the completion of the course.

The first 2 sectors will be film & music:

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Film: In association with Glass Eye Productions & Lanor Productions the initial film session will be taking place on the 19th April at the Old Granada Studios courtesy of Reform Radio. 

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Music: In association with Lab Records & GAS Music the music taster session will be taking place at GAS Music’s own studio in Media City with the time and date TBC.

For more information and book a place for the film session, or to register your interest for one of our upcoming events in music, TV or radio click here:  Register for MediaStart

Keep an eye on us @APDirecting on twitter, find us on facebook  and check the website for blog posts and event updates in the lead up to the first session.

If you have any questions or would like to be involved please get in touch. info@apdirecting.co.uk

*Max 20 attendees in film, tv, radio, music with sound being featured in each


Photography Credit : Robbie Venn Photography http://www.vennphotography.co.uk/

Photoshoot location services courtesy of The Studio http://www.studiovenues.co.uk/

Glass Eye Productions Ltd: Glass Eye Productions have specialized in education, media and film projects for over a decade. By working directly alongside creative, production and technical professionals, artists, young people, schools and communities Glass Eye provides a platform and a voice for these groups to create and share their stories. The film production process gives young people the opportunity to develop a diverse range of skills while taking part in immersive and experiential projects.

Lanor Productions:  Lanor are a Manchester based video production company that creates unique content across the world. We believe in cinematic and beautiful moving videos and are constantly striving to make cutting edge productions. We challenge ourselves creatively every day which results in lovingly shot promos, eye-catching virals and quirky shorts. See more at lanor.uk

The Official Top Ten Night: The Official Top Ten Night is an events company, proudly supporting suicide prevention charities worldwide. Our events bring people together, through the love of Top Ten lists, and have been doing so since our inception, in Manchester, 15 years ago. Now based in Sydney, Australia our public, and private, events are enjoyed in over 10 countries worldwide. This year our events include an international filmmakers festival, a nationwide songwriters festival and our annual Top Ten Books, Games, Movies and Music events. You can be part of it…Make a list, make a difference.

GAS Music:  GAS Music, based in Manchester’s MediaCityUK, offer creative directors bespoke composed music for commercial advertising, television idents, films, gaming and presentations within the business sector. The GAS team are experienced composers who offer great compositions with a quick turnaround and at high production values for realistic prices for today’s creative budgets.

LAB Records: LAB Records is a Manchester-based independent record label and artist management company. The label will pass 100 catalogue releases in 2016 including acclaimed records from He Is Legend, The Hush Sound, The Summer Set, Fort Hope and KYKO.

Reform Radio: Reform Radio is broadcasting the best in music, arts and culture live from the historic Old Granada Studios in Manchester. With 24/7 radio playing out on www.reformradio.co.uk 

Outside the studio we make more than great audio. Reform Radio is an online station that supports young adults into employment. We’re a not-for-profit company that delivers employment and creative workshops and traineeships alongside genuine opportunities to develop and practice new skills within our industry standard radio station. Our radio community supports the wider community; and so it goes around.







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