The digital world is perpetually evolving as new technologies and formats from VR to 360 video are embraced by brands and consumers. The creative industries are at the forefront of this new digital frontier and the National Film and Television School is supporting and contributing to the innovation taking place through its Diploma course: Creative Producing for Digital Platforms, which is delivered in partnership with Sky.

The graduates from this course are at the cutting edge of digital media and are working at the heart of this exciting time of change.

NFTS graduate, Nosa Eke is working as a Digital Creative Co-ordinator at Disney where she comes up with social, digital, VR or 360 ideas for any briefs they get in from clients, which range from Oral B to Clarks and Google, or through Disney brands such as Marvel, LucasFilm and Maker Studios. She works with a line producer to cost up ideas and create pitches.

Nosa is also taking her final project from NFTS - a digital multiplatform series that lives on digital platforms rather than broadcast television - to festivals in the UK and the US and is currently pitching it to broadcasters and production companies. “Our next screening will be at Underwire Festival in London. We have Executive Producer, Catherine Bray from Film4 online, and Producer of Beyond Clueless on Netflix, on board with the project which is pretty awesome. I'm also developing my new digital series with B3 Media through their Talent Lab.” More info at: https://www.facebook.com/thegrinduk/

Nosa says of the NFTS Diploma: “All of the opportunities that I've had or been able to make for myself have been a result of the experiences and lessons I got from the course modules and my tutors. I think the course is especially important and fun to be on because now more than ever the film and television industry is looking for people who know about these emerging technologies and can disrupt the model that has been in place for so long. They want people who come at things from a fresh and innovative perspective and this course helps teach you how to do that.”

Joana Nunes worked as a journalist before enrolling onto the Creative Producing for Digital Platforms Diploma and joined Little Dot Studios in January 2016 straight after graduating.

Little Dot Studios is a next generation producer and broadcaster, which creates and distributes video content on TV, YouTube and other online platforms reaching millions of viewers every month. Clients include ITV, Channel 4, Cartoon Network, Discovery, BAFTA and Formula E.

Joana started as a Digital Media Producer at Little Dot Studios, mostly managing multi-language digital portfolios for major titles like Peppa Pig. In June 2016, she took over the role of Senior Partnerships Manager and since then has been managing two accounts: eOne (Peppa Pig, PJ Masks, Tractor Tom) and ITV where she manages a team of 10 and they run all of ITV’s official YouTube channels including: I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Love Island, Jeremy Kyle, This Morning, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Good Morning Britain, Loose Women, Lorraine, The Chase and Thunderbirds Are Go.

Apart from live-clipping the ITV shows, Joana and her team work closely with the ITV Production teams and talent, as well as YouTube themselves, to produce and deliver original digital-native content that will engage viewers. Content could include a major live streaming event with interactive elements or a two minute straight-to-camera monologue.

Joana says about how studying at the NFTS helps her in her job: “A valuable lesson I learned at the NFTS is that it’s never about the costs of production, it’s always about the content – and more often than not it’s the creative, inexpensive ideas that are driving the views, hits, buzz and trends.”

“The NFTS equipped me to work alongside broadcasters and filmmakers and was an excellent training ground on how to harness digital technologies to support both TV and film. The course is up-to-date with industry advances and focuses on how to engage the digital-native-generation. During the course we regularly pitched stories and looked at the audience's needs, cravings and habits to decide which format and platform would be more effective for those stories – this is the kind of exercise that makes sense in the on-demand multi-platform era.”

William Samaha is a recent graduate from the Creative Producing for Digital Platforms Diploma and is now working at Sky as an intern. William has been working on an exciting VR app project for Sky: “During my internship at Sky VR, I’ve discovered the whole pipeline of a VR production and how different it is compared to a classic shoot. It puts everything into perspective and makes you think differently. I also had the chance to edit a short documentary about the boxer Anthony Joshua and this piece now lives on the Sky VR app, which is just amazing. Having the chance to continue on working with this team and be part of such a new and exciting technology is a real privilege! And on top of this, we are now working together with Sky VR and the NFTS on a VR drama piece I’ll be directing. Creating new experiences and telling moving stories with this innovative medium feels like a dream job to me.” 

"The opportunities you get with this course are unreal! We’ve been working on live briefs set by leaders of the digital industry and had the chance to meet the current commissioners and practitioners of this innovative and ever-changing discipline. We’ve learnt the absolute core lessons of how to build compelling digital experiences and are now applying it to our productions."

If these stories have inspired you, applications are open for the Creative Producing for Digital Platforms Diploma until 27th September 2018 and the course starts in January 2019!