Alumni Update: Jonathan Sidwell

Media Production graduate Jonathan Sidwell, now a freelance assistant director, has already worked alongside household names from the fields of retail, sport and music.

Jonathan, who graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2007, can list on his CV music videos for Basement Jaxx and Goldfrapp and commercials for companies including Pizza Hut and Asda. He has even linked up with Wayne Rooney for a Nike advert.

More recently he has been working on two films which are now in post-production and set to be released later in 2011.

His job is fast-paced and varied and he has worked on hundreds of different projects in different places with different people. A typical day can involve managing the running of the shooting day, scheduling and looking after the talent and crew.

Despite all the glamour of the industry, Jonathan still has fond memories for his Lincoln days.

He said: “University was great! I loved the atmosphere and the course. This combined with the excellent social life I had made a great university experience.”

His advice for current students aspiring for a career in film is: “Start looking and making contacts now and if you want it, don’t give up- it does not come on a plate and will take you a lot longer than you think.”

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