We’ve had a host of fantastic visitors to Bucks – here they are…

The second years have had lots of exciting workshops from some inspiring tutors here are a some of them. First we have Bobbie Hardwick, digital strategist from Zone – running a 2 week digital workshop – great to see that digital also includes lots of messing about own the chalk boards!

Christian Hartmann from LizH – top London headhunters, came to talk to the 3rd years and give them book-crits. Christian looks after juniors at LizH, it was great to hear exactly what the next steps should be after leaving uni.

He was extremely impressed with the standard of work – the 3rd years are all busy on their D&AD New Blood competition entries – so fingers crossed we will be winning a pencil or two!

Gemskii – writer and actor, ran her 2 day workshop for the 1st years. She worked through her confidence building and presentation skills programme using her many acting skills, the students loved it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Cross – Creative director at AKQA (and Bucks alumni)

came to talk to the students about AKQA’s awards scheme, Future Lions – the agency presentation was amazing – this is a great opportunity for all the students – placements to be won – and a big presentation at Cannes – c’mon you students!

The wonderful Milo Williamsbucks alumni and brilliant freelance creative spent 2 days with the 2nd and 3rd years – running a workshop and giving advice and critique on their work – it was great having you with us, Milo – please come again!

 

Another amazing workshop for the 1st years with stand-up comedian Rick Kiesewetter, an Asian-American comic. Adopted in Japan and then raised in a small town in New Jersey. Served in US Army Intelligence in Germany and has been living in the UK since 1993. Rick has been coming to Bucks to share his skills on presentation and storytelling with the students for the last decade – it’s a brilliant workshop with the students finding themselves with a wealth of new talents.

 

More storytelling for the 1st years with strategist and author, Anthony Tasgal – Tas to all who know him. Storytelling is a tremendous skill for creatives and the inimitable was Tas introduces it is inspirational to all.

New York, New York!

Last week, the 2nd year students along with tutors Julie & Gail, arrived in New York for a week-long study trip – we visited some fabulous companies and met some pretty fabulous people too!

We visited Anomaly, where Creative, Mike and Creative Recruiter, Jenna, showed us their amazing office space and then mike talked and held a workshop for us.  The winning team were Klaudia and Viki – who will be mentored for the next year by Mike- well done!

Mike and the students – with Viki and Klaudia at the front

Mike and Jenna – thank you, both!

Stink Studios  in deepest Brooklyn, shared with us their work – showing students how Creative Content offers another area where their future could lie. Creative Director, Shaun, MD, Dan and Creative, Mandy shared their life experiences and what it takes to get into one of the top companies creating film, interactive and original content for clients across advertising, entertainment, music and the arts.

The Brooklyn Brothers was another hit – with Account Director, Natasha and Creative, John, showed the students the award-winning agency work and discussed what it was like starting up as a British-led company in New York .

John and Natasha ponder…

The students join in…

Spotify Creative Director, Rajeev, and creatives Erik and Alexandra – showed us some amazing work and told us what it was like working in-house for the most popular music streaming platform in the world – and how to get there!

Foyer of the news Building – wow!

Rapp – is situated in the amazing News building (where Superman was filmed). Creative Directors, Lucas and Frank, talked to us about creativity within data-run marketing and CCO, Moa, shared with us his presentation and experiences at the South by South-West festival in Austin, Texas – sounds as though we should try and get there too!


Alas, we got snowed off one day, when a massive snowstorm hit New York – so our visits to Sparks and Honey, Exposure and Strawberry Frog were cancelled –  so whilst the students made the most of the snow in Central Park, Gail and Julie hit Bloomingdales!

 

 

The YHA battle against Falmouth!

Mike Sansom and Charlotte Bell from Cubo – briefed the 1st and 2nd years on this year’s YHA brief. just like last year – we are up against Falmouth creative advertising students – except they’re 3rd years – so do your best Bucks! The Bucks’ shortlisted teams were James and Clarissa, Remi and Helen and Luke and Helen – good luck all! We should be finding out who the winners are next week, so keep those fingers crossed!

Mike catches up with Bucks tutor Gail – last time she was on the opposing side, Falmouth!

the 1st and 2nd years get briefed on the YHA brief

Kindred presentation Against Modern Day Slavery

The students worked hard on the Home Office brief – against Modern Day Slavery – it was a real eye opener to what happens around us and how close we come to slavery in our normal everyday lives. John Merriman, Creative Director of Kindred and Home Office Account Director, Andy Ravan, gave some great feedback on the students’ work. The winning work belonged to George and Lucas – they get a placement at Kindred as a prize – well done, boys!

2nd years get lucky at Lucky Generals

Last week the second years were invited to Lucky Generals’ London offices to present their viral films. 

At the workshop organised by senior creative, Eddie Fisher, everyone had the chance to watch each video and receive feedback on where to take it further. Congratulations to Luke and Remi on gaining the most views and George and Lydia for the best creative concept. A big thank you to Eddie – and we love your new offices!

Thanks Eddie!

Lucky Generals get 2nd years thinking…

Second years have been getting stuck into a brief set by senior creative,Eddie Fisher, at Lucky Generals. Aiming is to get as many views as possible. After hours of brainstorming the best and possibly the quickest way of getting popular, it seems we have all gone down different routes. Here are a few shots from behind the scenes of the students filming. I wonder if these give you any insights into what topic they have each student has chosen?

Luke Gray

Photographer, Gino Sprio, inspires the 2nd years

On Tuesday, the Second Year Creative Advertising students were given a valuable photography workshop from portraiture specialist, Gino Sprio.

He began the day with a reel of his all-time favourite photographers and an invaluable introduction into lighting and focusing techniques. Having photographed for leading publications such as US Vogue, Elle and The Guardian Weekend, he gave the students a good idea of how a photography studio should be successfully run. Including the importance of good direction and communication; not only between the photographer and their model, but the photographer and the advertising agency who are keen to collaborate in order to create a specified look.

The students were also given important advice on how to use their cameras to the best of their abilities. In the afternoon, the Creative Ad studio was transformed into a photography studio in which the students created a series of unique portraits and group photo. The photography day left each student hungry for more; prompting many to challenge themselves and their course mates to weekly themed photoshoots.

Helen Giles

2nd years visit Isobel

The first agency visit for the term for the 2nd years was great fun. Yesterday we all headed for Isobel. They all did excellent work for the Rich Tea brief set by Creative Director, Ben Stump – great to see him and creative team, Dan & Georgia, so impressed with the standard of thinking.

No tea to go with the Rich Tea biscuits though – but, hurray, lots of beer instead!