Students get to grips with German film industry thanks to DMU Global

By Mel Hawes

Media students from De Montfort University were given an insight into the German film industry after a DMU Global trip to Berlin.

The trip formed part of their module, Berlin: History, location, media and identity.

Principal Lecturer of Media and Communication, Margaret Montgomerie said: “The trip allowed students to think about the relationship between Berlin and the media representation of people and how we make sense of each other.”


Students visited Europe’s first major film studio, Babeslberg, where films such as ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘The Reader’ have been filmed. The studios have also been home to DMU’s Senior Lecturer in Television Scriptwriting, Jim Hill, who has worked on German soap operas.

The trip, made up of 14 students, focused of the differences between German and Hollywood Cinema during and after world war two.

Trips to the Olympic stadium, the Sony Centre and Checkpoint Charlie were just some of the landmarks the group visited. Throughout the trip students were also encouraged to explore Berlin on their own, with many learning about the city’s history as well as its culture.

Aliyah Loughlan, a second year Journalism and Media student, said: “Being able to learn about the history of Nazi Germany and the real impact it had on society and not just about media was incredibly interesting.”




DSU elections welcome more candidates than ever before

By Olivia Whaley




DSU elections have received the biggest amount of candidates ever this year, DMU has announced.

The elections for both part-time and full-time roles in the student union begin at 12pm today.

This year has seen 44 students participate compared to just 27 at the last election and staff say ‘this is the biggest number yet’.

Marketing and Communications manager, Adele Clarke said: “More students than ever are beginning to take an interest in the student union, so we really pushed for them to get involved this year.”

The DMU Students’ Union is a student led organisation that helps to improve your experience at the university.

The full-time roles include Student Union President, Deputy President Education, Vice President Media and Communications, Vice President Student Activities and Vice President Welfare and Community.

Students can also apply for part-time roles known as ‘liberation representatives’, which help to promote minority groups. These positions include Black and Minority Ethnic, Disabled Students, International Students, LGBTQ+, Mature Students and Women’s.

This is also the first year that every role in the student union has been contested for.

Voting finishes on Friday 11 at 2pm and the results will be announced at 5pm the same day.


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Students record their own BBC radio drama

Journalism students got to record their own radio drama during a tour of the BBC studios in Birmingham.


DMU meets a dalek

The De Montfort University students also saw The Archers recording studio during their visit on Tuesday.

The tour was offered to up to 15 students as a field trip on Tuesday 1 March during Enhancement Week, and started at 10.30am.

Members of the tour were shown around the foyer, where there was a life size dalek, a lift resembling the tardis and three dresses from Strictly Come Dancing on display.

Some people recorded a horror genre radio play, with a pre-written script. Some were in charge of sound effects while others were the voice actors.

The story was about a group of friends staying at a haunted house, and will be made available to the people involved in a few weeks’ time.


Just a few Archers props

The Archers recording studio contained a wide variety of props for creating both indoor and outdoor sound effects, including different sinks, a door for opening and closing, a coat for putting on or taking off and stairs with three different types of flooring.

According to the tour guide, intimate scenes are recorded by the actors involved kissing their own hands – although those who know each other have no qualms about kissing properly!

Depending on the sound effects used, some scenes are recorded separately. Sounds that cannot be manually created, such as cows, birds, weather noises, etc are recorded in a room connected to the main studio by a large window.

When the sound quality is particularly important, with no echoes or background noise, the actors are recorded in a soundproof room.

The tour also included the BBC 1 West Midlands studio. The people behind the scenes have a few techniques to make the studio appear much larger than it actually is, such as using particular camera angles and having the scene filmed on a low platform, rather than at floor level.

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Here’s a slideshow of the visit, including a door prop, kitchen sinks and an oven for creating sound effects.

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