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

“Sh*t, can we do this?”

On Thursday, Bucks Creatives were lucky enough to have Steve Henry come in to speak to the entire course. A man who not only has been involved in so many great agencies and campaigns over his career but has also set up his own companies outside advertising and is a legend in his own right.

We spoke about breaking rules – great news for a room full of young minds. He inspired us to go out there and reshape the face of advertising. It seems in the current climate, a lot of the ‘greats’ talk about the ‘great’ times, and that advertising faces more issues these days. With social media having such an impact in the world, it is harder to convince people of risky ideas, but to be great, we must take these risks.
When looking into a market, he encouraged us to draw the parameters of the market and audience, and to then look beyond those to find our ideas. The best ideas are difficult and they shouldn’t bounce into our heads willingly.
After this Steve set us our very own brief to start a revolution in the Creative world; to get Creatives fighting back to get them to stand up and demonstrate their worth, and that is what we intend to do next.
Thanks for a brilliant afternoon Steve, truly inspiring. We look forward to seeing you again.
Julie Botwood

Congrats to Gina & Freya on their new Warburton’s Pride and Breadjudice ad with Peter Kay

Gina & Freya back at uni in 2014

Bucks’ Grads Gina Ramsden and Freya Harrison have just made one of the funniest TV ads for years, Warburton’s Pride and Breadjudice, starring comedian Peter Kay – well done girls! The talented duo, Gina and Freya, graduated from the Creative Advertising course at Bucks in 2015 and were soon snapped up by WCRS. Read all about their adventures on the Bucks website – just click here

Open a box and find a dinosaur.

The thirds years have had a Creative Detox! We’re so in our own tracks that we’ve started building our own obstacles to, very metaphorically, get over.
Third year, Jess Baldock, described the day as “eye-opening. It really highlighted to us how without realising it we have all put certain pressures and restraints on our own creative capabilities. With a “yes and” attitude     I think that, as a group, we can all start working more as one team instead of being territorial and competitive with our ideas.”
The studio is flowing with the ideas and discussions have never been more of a team effort. We’re all communicating as a team and we’re smashing the latest brief which rolled through our doors from Wieden & Kennedy which happens to be based around Toilet Roll.
Next week we start working on our Final Major Project!
Julie Botwood

Thanks for a great day, Mandy!

Agencies, tea and writing…

The second years have been up to a lot since they begun the year! Now they enter the world of agencies and briefs galore, and they’ve already impressed a few!
A huge thank you to Ben Stump at Isobel for giving our second years their first agency crit of the year, and a huge congratulations to Helen and Remi for winning!
They have so much fun working on the Rich Tea brief, and a lot of fun eating biscuits – I mean – researching biscuits!
Alongside that, Eddie Fisher at Lucky Generals have set them a brief and they’re busily working away on that too! It’s fair to say they’ve taken to briefs like Ducks on water!
One of our new tutors, Andy Imrie, has also been challenging them on the writing skills by writing their own obituaries!
Let’s hope they don’t plan on using them any time soon!
Julie Botwood

Katie and Helen hard at work in the studios on their Lucky Generals brief

Remi & Luke working away on Lucky Generals’ brief

Andy has also been challenging us by getting s to write our own obituaries!

Guess who’s back, back again – Gemskii!

The first years had a lot of fun with Gemskii this week. With another session planned for next week they’re extremely excited about Part 2 to what was an incredibly fun and challenging day!
Working together in teams to solve puzzles, lifting sticks and keeping eye contact for a whole minute with no blinking!
Gemskii comes in for every first year group and teaches them presentation skills along with some vital learning curves. Frustration and determination is a common thread but most importantly, every student comes out more confident and with better thinking strategies.
The first years even created their own little acapela rap song. So it really has been a week of growing talents!
Julie Botwood, 3rd year.

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!

It’s not about the noise, it’s about the signal.

The Third years spent a wonderful day with Tas, talking about, well, everything really. From chocolate, to happiness and behavioural economics, our day on Strategy turned out a very inspiring day.

Looking at different markets and how we should be advertising within them and know when to advertise outside of the obvious. Finding out what our client really wants so we get those Eureka moments; getting on a bus or getting into bed, we now have all the tips for getting those great ideas flowing!

He’s given us all some inspiring thoughts on how to be massaging minds instead of sending them messages. Realising that if we are not connecting with people (because the word consumer puts them down as a product eating machine) then we aren’t making good advertisements.
Tas has not only helped us on Strategy, but we have another day with him on Monday! We can’t wait to see what the next chapter is and who knows, by the end of it, we may have all bought his book too!
Thank you for a great day Tas, see you Monday!
Julie Botwood, 3rd year.

New Blood 2017 – Bucks winners!!

Ellis & Max receive a Graphite Pencil for their Mubi campaign ‘Less Time Wasting, More Time Watching’.

Tommy, Sherwin & Conrad; Max receive a Yellow Pencil for their Army campaign ‘Show Yourself’.

The New Blood Festival went extremely well – with lots of interest in the graduating students. Four of the students, Sam & King, Ellis & Max, won ‘Ones To Watch’ Awards

Sam & Kinga’s Tampax campaign