Creative & Digital Media Tutor Phil MacDonald is a new addition to the Warrington & Vale Royal College teaching team, and comes with a range of extensive experience, from filming well-known TV programmes to producing short films that have been screened around the world. Phil is excited to have joined us and is looking forward to sharing his industry experience with his students. Let’s find out more!
What does your job role at the college involve?
My role involves working with Creative Media students creating documentaries, short films, music videos and so much more!
What are you most looking forward to this new role?
I am most looking forward to working with the creative team here at WVR College and surrounding myself with people who are passionate about sharing their skills in arts, engineering and media.
What is your professional and educational background?
In 2012 I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Broadcast Media Production. Then in 2018 I completed my Masters of Arts (MA) in Wildlife Documentary Production.
I have a wealth of production and TV experience working my way up from Runner to Camera Operator. I have worked on: BBC1’s BAFTA winning Ambulance, Channel 4’s The Secret Life of the Zoo, ITV’s Martin Lewis Money Roadshow, Uber Egypt, Viceland, ITV’s The Voice, Copa 90, Sony Music, Tom Walker music, Echo and the Bunnymen and most recently for BBC Natural History Unit on Springwatch 2020.
I have worked with BFI and Creative England when shooting and producing short films that have been screened at Cannes, China First film festival and London Film festival.
Can you describe some of the projects you’ve worked on in the past?
In February 2018 I had the opportunity to spend a month in a rural village in Senegal filming and editing a short documentary on the dangers of Bush fires on the surrounding habitat and local Villagers of Dar Salam. This was an amazing experience, working well out of my comfort zone.
Why did you choose to teach Media?
I chose to teach in media as I understand the importance of education and am passionate about telling peoples stories. I have worked in the media industry for the last 9 years in a variety of roles and genres.
What is your favourite thing about teaching Media?
My favourite thing about teaching is witnessing the progress of students, listening to their ambitions at the start of the year to watching their finished productions at the end of year show.
What would you advise students considering studying Media?
I would advise students to focus on pre-production and planning and never forget the story is everything.
If you’d like to find out more about this diverse and creative course, why not book a one-to-one chat with our Creative & Digital Media team to find out more? Simply click here to book a chat at a time that suits you!