goNORTH On The Road 2014

Wednesday 29th January 2014
Daytime events at An Lanntair
Evening Music Showcase at The Jager Rooms
All day from 11am

In true goNORTH festival style, we have a day crammed with intensive workshops, industry talks, continuing professional development, film screenings and music showcasing. It is completely FREE and open to anyone with an interest in the creative industries.  Come along and take part, connect and network with experienced industry professionals and draw as much as you can from what is shaping up to be a programme bursting at the seams.

There will be a wide range of industry guest speakers such as Adrian Cooke from Portmanteau, Damien Baetens from Transmit Start Ups, River City’s Libby McArthur, Once Were Farmers Will Adams and Bafta nominated animators Ross Hogg and Gavin Robinson.

Here’s the programme for the day:
11am – Front of Camera with Libby McArthur
12.15pm - Music Licencing And Synchronisation
1.30pm – How To Be An Animator
2.45pm – Digital Distribution
4pm – Taster Session
5pm – Networking Drinks
6pm –  Showcasing:  Film
9pm – Showcasing:  Music (Jager Rooms)


goNORTH On The Road, Stornoway 29th January 2014


Front Of Camera With Libby McArthur

In this workshop our student attendees will learn about working in front of the camera and just what it takes to work in this side of the industry from well known Scottish Actor Libby McArthur.

Libby is perhaps best known for her role as Gina Rossi in the popular BBC Scotland drama series River City. However during her career she has been cast in most of the well known Scottish Televisions ‘home spun’ programmes. In the eighties and nineties, Libby indulged her love of comedy through Redheads and the formation of the company The Penny Mob, which offered opportunities for her to write, perform and direct. Throughout her career a constant aspect to her work has been her evolving programme of Creative Workouts.  She has taken these creative self expression styled workshops into schools, F.E. colleges, Universities, Drama groups, Hospitals, Mental Health Units, Prisons and recovery groups all over Scotland.


Music Licencing And Synchronisation

Mark Gordon founded Score Draw Music in 2004 to deliver bespoke music towards the moving image. The company have provided music and scores for a range of global clients including AMC, The Discovery Channel, Fox, The History Channel, and major international brands such as Adidas, Reebok, Lidl and Skoda. Score Draw Music recently completed titles and all incidental music for a 39 part children’s television show for a series of global broadcasters including Disney Junior Latin America, ABC Australia, Canal + France, and BBC Kids in Canada. They are also scoring a 52 part series for Nickelodeon, which will be distributed globally by the Jim Henson Company. Mark is also chairing the UK music synch panel at SXSW 2014 in Austin, Texas.

Adrian Cooke is founder and Director of Portmanteau – a music licensing agency representing various record labels, publishers and artists from the UK and mainland Europe and placing their music in audio-visual productions globally. Recent placements include the Star Wars Kinect game for Xbox, trailer for Fast & Furious 5 and HBO TV series True Blood.


How To Be An Animator

Bafta nominated animators Ross Hogg, Gavin Robinson along with Will Adams from Once Were Farmers discuss their work and career path, offering some tips and advice about how to get into the industry and make a living out of it. Moderated by Alan de Pellette.

A philosophy graduate and self-taught animator, Will Adams professional career began in photo-retouching and illustration on the picture desks of the Scottish newspapers. In 1999 he co-founded video collective Pointless Creations and for several years performed at festivals across Europe. In 2002 he established Once Were Farmers animation studio to begin work in broadcast and film, and in 2008 launched sister company Me and the Giants to explore apps, games and interactive narratives.

Ross Hogg is an animation filmmaker based in Glasgow. He Graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in June 2013 with a First Class Honours degree and was named the winner of the GSA Newbery Medal. Ross' debut animated film, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, had it's world premiere at the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival and was nominated for a British Academy Scotland Award in 2013. His second animated short, Spectators, had it’s world premiere at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in September, 2013.

Having grown up in rural Aberdeenshire, Gavin C Robinson moved to Edinburgh in 2003. He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010 with a diploma in architecture before deciding to pursue his emerging passion by staying on at ECA, this time studying animation. Graduating from animation in 2013, Gavin is now working as a freelance animator. His degree film Hart's Desire has been screened at several international film festivals and, in November last year, won the BAFTA Scotland Award for Animation.

Alan de Pellette is a writer/director from Glasgow who began his career aged 18 as a music writer for Melody Maker and The Sunday Times.  He interviewed most bands from the Britpop era before moving into radio, where he created the long running BBC football comedy, Off The Ball. He worked in comedy for several years, helping to create the two most popular TV shows in his native Scotland, Chewin’ The Fat and Still Game.  Alan has also been awarded for his Drama Directing.  Outwith his own work, Alan has been a prominent elected committee member of BAFTA Scotland since 2010 and has just finished a stint as Acting Director, passionate and active in furthering the profile, ambition and promotion of the screen industries in Scotland.


Digital Distribution

EmuBands Operations Director, Stuart Stenhouse, will be discussing how to distribute your music to leading digital retailers such as iTunes, Spotify and Amazon MP3. Offering attendees a comprehensive overview of the process, the session will also look at strategies to maximise your releases on these services.

Stuart Stenhouse joined EmuBands whilst at University in 2007. Having developed an extensive and practical knowledge of digital distribution, Stuart has been invited to speak at a number of industry events across the UK and also provides lectures relating to digital distribution at Universities and Colleges across Scotland. Other experience also includes founding and running an independent record label.


Taster Session

Transmit Start Ups, Radio goNORTH, MA TV Fiction Writing, Producer/Director Lindsey Douglas

Four creative organisations give you a snippet of what they do to whet the appetite.  Hear from Transmit Start Ups, Dabster Productions on Radio goNORTH, Writer Chris Dolan on MA in TV Fiction Writing and Creative Scotland on the new 9.88 Films initiative.

Transmit Start-Ups is now delivering business start-up loans to creative businesses in Scotland. Coming up with your business idea is often the easy bit, funding that idea to turn it into a living, breathing business can be much harder. These start-up loans are designed to help people get their businesses up and running. They are available to those based across Scotland, aged 18 or over, who are starting a brand new business or within the first 12 months of trading. Damian Baetens from the Transmit Start-Ups team will detail all areas of the process. Transmit have also developed a series of creative business workshops to support their loans and he'll talk about them also during the session. Damian has worked for over 10 years within the creative industries and business enterprise sector, including running his own music businesses. In his previous employment Damian oversaw a regional business support programme.

Radio goNORTH evolved from our podcasting workshops into a full pop up radio station that broadcast for the first time online at goNORTH in 2012. Our partners at Dabster Productiions take our 12 trainee producers through the full radio production process over a two week period from scripting and recording packages to editing and presenting on air. Dabster Director, Richard Melvin started his career in broadcasting as a volunteer at Radio Forth, moving onto Beat 106 before accepting a position as a production trainee at BBC Radio Scotland. He produced The Fred MacAulay Show for nearly 5 years and has worked with with some of the biggest names in the UK entertainment industry.

Chris Dolan teaches on the MA TV Fiction Writing course at Glasgow Caledonian University passing on his vast experience and knowledge from a lifetime of working as a writer for stage and screen (drama and documentary).  In addition he writes novels, poetry and articles. His work is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland as well as STV, Channel 4 and BBC Television. But radio in all its forms – drama, documentary, and presenting programmes – holds a special place in his heart. Find out more about him.

Lindsey Douglas is a highly experienced network Producer/Director, former Head of Development at one of Scotland’s largest Indies, and has recently completed the prestigious Series Producer programme run by the BBC and Channel 4. Known for her ability to both develop and deliver quality content across a range of genres including documentaries, popular and specialist factual, she's worked on a number of high profile series such as Stephen Fry: Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, HIV & Me, See You In Court, most recently producing across BBC series Teen Canteen, directing a documentary about artist John Byrne in the What Do Artists Do All Day strand, and producing Kirstie Allsopp's Crafty Christmas for Channel 4. Awards include BAFTAs, RTS, an International Emmy for Best Documentary. Equally successful at development, Lindsey has helped secure many network commissions and returnable series such as Extreme Fishing with Robson Green and Lost Kingdoms.


Networking Reception

Some drinks and nibbles will be laid on as we are sure you will need it after your full day of sessions.  A great opportunity to network with the speakers, goNORTH staff and each other.


Showcasing:  Film

A programme of BAFTA nominated animations as well as film shorts from the Highlands and Islands will take place in the main auditorium of An Lanntair


Showcasing:  Music

The music showcasing will take place at the intimate Jager Rooms. 13 South Beach, Stornoway, HS1 2BE.  Doors open at 9pm. 

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