Jack Homer, technical arts student

 16 November 2016

As a student at South Essex College, Jack developed a passion for technical development and helping his fellow students. He is a shining example of how much a young person can achieve if supported and empowered and in 2016 was the winner of the Creative Choices Award.

"Jack is an asset and a rising star of the industry and he will be one to watch in the future" Credit: James Fletcher

Jack started at South Essex College in September 2014 as a student on the University of the Arts London Level 3 Production and Performance Arts Diploma (Technical). He has been widely involved in many projects during his time at college.

From the very beginning, Jack made a huge impression on his college tutors.  He was always present, never wanting to miss any sessions and travelled for two hours in the morning every day to arrive early and was also very happy to stay late.

Freelance Production Manager and Designer and Lecturer to Jack, Jo McLoughlin said: “Jack’s professionalisation is at Industry Standard plus 2 years (postgrad). He is an asset and a rising star of the industry and he will be one to watch in the future.”

Developing at South Essex College

Jack was involved in many projects during his studying at South Essex College.  Jo McLoughlin who nominated Jack for the award, gathered the thoughts of a few people around his involvement in his most recent projects:

Romeo and Juliet April 2015 – June 2015

Sarah Doney, a Performance Arts Lecturer at South Essex College said: "Jack worked as the visual designer for Romeo and Juliet – a Level 3 Final Major Project for the production season of 2014/15." 

His skill set consistently inspires the education team to push their boundaries to develop new and innovative design and direction.

"Jack designed the AV for the show and worked closely with myself and the company to ensure content was specific.

"He took on the role as designer and manager of Av for the show with other students working with him to achieve the vision that he had.” 

Opportunity Thurrock for Backstage Centre – October 2015

Brian Warrens, Course Leader said: “Jack and his colleagues were responsible for working with Thurrock Council and The Backstage Centre team to help stage the annual careers fair in Purfleet." 

"Thousands of young people from Essex attended ‘Opportunity Thurrock 2015’, and were able to engage in hands-on activities provided by Jack and his team. He was able to demonstrate his passion for video mapping and projection." 

"Following the success of this event for Jack, he repeated the experience at a college Open Event for prospective new students and at a local schools Inspiration Activity day.”

Working outside of college

In the summer break of 2015, Jack was asked to be a Youth Production Manager for the Village Green and Village Beach festivals as part of their production training in partnership with South Essex College.

Jack is a trusted member of the Production Arts Company – respected by his peers and staff

Jack embraced the role with vigour and confidence, sorted out any work issues and worked closely with the external curators to ensure his show ran to time and that all the artists were supported.

Jack has also been developing his technical skills further by approaching industry colleagues at D3 and Green Hippo to train on their new software. 

From doing this, he has accumulated a vast collection of current and advancing software around his specialism. 

Being part of the Skills Awards

Jo McLoughlin nominated Jack because “His confidence has grown and his professional attitude has developed to show a mature and rounded individual who continues to grow at an exciting rate." 

"Jack is a trusted member of the Production Arts Company – respected by his peers and staff. His skill set consistently inspires the education team to push their boundaries to develop new and innovative design and direction.”

In the view of the judging panel, Jack was awarded the Creative Choices Award because “He continues to grow and develop both his professional and knowledge practice and is a shining example of how much a young person can achieve if supported and empowered.”

Jack said: "I feel really happy, excited and surprised about being short listed for this award.  I’m really looking forward to the awards evening also because I have been working on the build of the event with South Essex College and The Backstage Centre.  That will be a bonus on the night to see what I have set up from the audience's perspective.”


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