Students take a bite out of the 'Big Apple'

Posted on Wednesday 6 March 2013

Media and Film Studies Students visit New York

During Reading Week in February, 50 Media and Film Studies students visited New York and experienced a variety of media and film related activities, unique to the City, which  fuelled their passion and understanding of the subjects.

The second year students began their tour with the breathtaking view of ‘the city that never sleeps’ skyline from the Empire State Building’s observation deck. This was followed by a variety of tours observing the limitless iconic film and television locations that the city has to offer including; The New York Public Library and the Hook and Ladder firehouse featured in ‘Ghostbusters’, Grand Central Station, Times Square and Central Park amongst others. Students also boarded the Staten Island Ferry where they were able to see the Statue of Liberty and the sunset over the beautiful city skyline.

During the visit, students undertook numerous activities including a behind the scenes tour of the legendary US television studio NBC, where they witnessed first-hand, rehearsals for the studio’s flagship show, ‘Saturday Night Live’ with the guest appearance of Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (‘Django Unchained’) leaving many students and teachers speechless.

Students also took part in a unique practical workshop with Hayden 5 Media. Here they were able to work with professional film makers specialising in cinematography and editing. The results were outstanding and Hayden 5 Media commended the students stating they were, ‘the best and most proactive’ group they had ever encountered.

Feedback from the Students reflected their excitement and enjoyment of the whole experience.

“It was awe inspiring, we did and learnt so much’ – Jason Alce.
“It was truly unforgettable! I wish I was back there now’. – Imogen Schwarz.
“I can’t believe how much we did in so little time’ – Hannah Brown.
“The trip was full of precious memories I will treasure forever – the best trip ever!’ – Erica Kendrick-Thomas.
“The trip was incredible; I made new friends and experienced so much. It was everything I could hope for and more!” – Amber Hallman.

Representatives from all organisations who encountered the Students commented on their polite, courteous and professional manner including members of the cabin crew at British Airways. They truly took a bite out of ‘the Big Apple’ and hope to be able to undertake a return trip to New York.

Students outside New York Public Library

Students outside New York Public Library

Students outside the building used in the film 'Ghostbusters'

Students outside the building used in the film 'Ghostbusters'

Corinne Purdey and Briginia Gyamfi on the Staten Island Ferry

Corinne Purdey and Briginia Gyamfi on the Staten Island Ferry

Panoramic view of New York

Panoramic view of New York

Students outside the building used in the TV programme 'Friends'

Students outside the building used in the TV programme 'Friends'