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Television production students say “Hello Hendon!” with mini-documentaries

First-year student Federico Favretto’s documentary on local barber shop chosen for #HelloHendon campaign

Federico Favretto on the set of the recent MDXnow production in the Middlesex University TV Studio

First-year students from BA Television Production at Middlesex University were recently invited to submit mini-documentaries about Hendon for a marketing campaign for leading property developer L&Q.

The students were asked to make 60 second films celebrating Middlesex’s local area as a great community and a vibrant place to live.

“I’m really pleased our students had the chance to be involved in this project, to help convey, in a creative way, some of the most interesting things about Hendon,” Tom McGorrian, Senior Lecturer in Television Production

Hands-on experience

Senior Lecturer in Television Production Tom McGorrian was really pleased his students had the opportunity to use what they’ve learnt so far on the course.

“The first-year production teams were able to put into practice the documentary-making skills they had acquired on their Location Filming module,” he said.

“It was also a great opportunity for our students to get hands-on video experience with a real-life client.”

Among the students who submitted films to L&Q was 19-year-old Federico Favretti – an international television production student from Italy. Federico’s film about local hair salon GinoCarl will feature as part of the campaign, along with a second film made with classmate Todd Norris, which features people saying what they love about the area.

Federico says the feedback from the L&Q media team gave him the chance to further develop his technique and judgement in a professional setting.

Practical learning

He praises the TV Production course, which has already taught him a lot about using lighting in his film projects.

“Middlesex has great facilities, a studio that has been designed by Sony, and great technicians giving us advice.”

Federico is excited that he gets to make six productions a year, and work on shows directed by second and third year students. He has just been a camera operator on MDX Now – a live chat show produced by BA Television Production students from all three years.

In five or ten years he would like to be a director, “but not the kind that sits on a chair and calls the shots. My dream is to develop technical solutions to shoot live events in a different and innovative way.”

Find out more about studying television production at Middlesex

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