Meet: Lawrence Essex

Lawrence dropped out of A-Levels at Sixth Form, in order to realise his ambitions studying Print-Based Media, before joining Oaklands College to study a Foundation Media Degree.

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After realising that A-Levels at Sixth Form was not the pathway that he wanted to take, Lawrence dropped out of Sixth Form to realise his ambitions of studying Print-Based Media. 

After completing his Level 3 course in Print-Based Media, Lawrence focused his studies on a Foundation Degree in Media Production at Oaklands College and didn’t look back. 

Producing a wide range of films whilst studying for his Foundation Degree, Lawrence’s creativity shone at Oaklands College, he said: “I’ve created a comedy super-hero duo, Blue Steel and Red Berry, the constume-crime-fighting pair became a familiar sight to local residents and a favourite subject in the local paper.” 

Lawrence progressed directly into the third year at the University of Hertfordshire, where he brought his comedy super-hero duo back to life, creating an impressive seven episodes of a webseries that has had over a million views on YouTube. 

Graduating in 2012, Lawrence decided to go freelance and began working on briefs from music magazine iSing, eventually Lawrence would go on to sign a contract with Paradise Park, where he would design, film and create promotional videos and online content. In addition, Lawrence worked on several projects with notorious record and film producer Ray Santilli. 

Lawrence’s extensive portfolio of experience within the Media industry was rewarded with a full-time job for creative agency, Pearldrop Media. Lawrence creates advertisements, promotional videos and online content, whilst still working on the follow-up series of his popular Blue Steel and Red Berry

In addition, Lawrence’s web-series screened at the Raindance Film Festival in 2016 and Lawrence has since created a few more short series since. In addition, he was a recipient of BBC funding as part of their new creative scheme and has shot advertisements for large brands such as Ann Summers and Jacamo. 

“Everything about the Media courses at Oaklands College rock, the teachers are awesome and the work is very practical, meaning you really get to express your creativity, the course is really fun and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to be a film-maker. 

This past year, I’ve been a superhero, a cowboy, a giant lobster and fought a bison, this course is very creative and full of practical activity, meaning that we are constantly undertaking various film projects such as trailers or even short films.”

Everything about the Media courses at Oaklands College rock, the teachers are awesome and the work is very practical, meaning you really get to express your creativity, the course is really fun and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to be a film-maker.

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