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FDMX Project Office Staff
Martina Porter
FDMX Project Manager

On completion of an MA in Theatre and Film at the University of Sheffield in 1994, Martina moved to London and enrolled on a 16mm Film Production Course at the Half Way Production House. Shortly after her training finished, Martina produced her first film, ‘Hope Ltd’, with London International Film School student Ernst Fischer. Over the years Martina continued to work on other productions as Producer and Production Manager, including the low-budget feature ‘To Anyone who can Hear Me’ and ‘Seizures’, a 35mm short film which was screened at the Edinburgh film festival.

Martina worked as a production manager on segments for a London cable TV magazine show before turning her hand to writing as a Film Editor on specialist music magazine Rock Sound. Alongside production, Martina has been involved in managing and developing film and television training programmes. In 2000, while Head of Film and Broadcast at TS˛k, Martina secured a strategic partnership with the UK Film Council.

Continuing her work in training, Martina joined Connections Communications Centre as Project Manager in 2002 and developed a streaming website, producing a series of short films showcased on the site. Prior to taking up her post at FDMX, Martina was Head of Skills and Innovation at 01zero-one, a creative learning lab in the heart of Soho.

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Emily Corcoran
FDMX Staff

New Zealand born Emily Corcoran travelled to London and attended the Arts Educational Schools 3 year drama course, from which she graduated in 1998.

Emily started her film company 'Cork Films' shortly after graduating and made 6 short films, some of which have been sold internationally to the likes of Sky Movies, Canal +, Home Choice Channel, Cathay Pacific, Air New Zealand and Virgin Airlines. They have appeared at a number of festivals worldwide including Cannes, Venice and Edinburgh.

Emily has since written, produced and acted in the comedy feature film 'Sisterhood' which has made the official selection of two film festivals and secured a theatrical release in the UK and the USA. Emily is regularly commissioned to write screenplays for other producers, continues to work as an actress and has worked in a number of film consultancy roles including with a US distribution company, two UK tax funds, UK studio funds and now in her role as project consultant for FDMX.

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Chris McIntyre
Chair of FDMX Steering Group

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David Ferdinando
FDMX Web Developer

David Ferdinando is the main web-developer for the FDMX project. He graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2005 with a BSc First in Software Systems for the Arts & Media. During the summer months of 2005 David worked as a production runner at Elstree Studios for the Endemol series 'Big Brother 6' which is also where he first learned about the FDMX project. Several months’ later David began his freelance web design career and went on to setup a digital media agency called 'DigitalFlare'.

David and his team have worked on a number of projects over the last few years for varied clients including: Revere London, Top Marques Magazine, ABN-Amro, BAFTA and also the University of Hertfordshire (UH). It was though his links at the UH that David teamed up with FDMX to oversee their web development.

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FDMX Co-ordinators
Sarah Burlison
University of Hertfordshire Co-ordinator

Sarah is a BA honours graduate in Film & Television Studies from Brunel University, West London. She has worked for a number of London based Television Production Companies as a runner/production assistant including Blaze Television (SM:TV/CD:UK), Cactus Television (Richard & Judy) and London Weekend Television (Find A Fortune,). After graduating she was hired as the Studio Co-ordinator for the ITV1 daytime television programme Today with Des & Mel, where her core duties included co-ordinating the live telephone competitions & viewer correspondence. She then spent a further 6 months as PA to the Head of Features at Granada Television, where she worked on several ITV programmes including 60 Minute Makeover, House of Horrors and Neighbourhoods from Hell, before taking on her post at FDMX.

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Margaret Cheal
West Herts College Co-ordinator

Margaret's background is in corporate production, and she has headed up in-house video units in two multi-national organisations, where in-house facilities were supplemented by external writers, directors and crews. Programmes ranged from PR, staff communications, training and induction and were delivered in documentary, presenter-led, cartoon or drama form. She has commissioned graphics, animation, scored music, and has taken crews on filming projects around the world. After achieving a mid-career BA degree from the Open University, she spent 10 years running her own video production business with corporate clients, particularly in the pharmaceutical and engineering industries.

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Mita Lad
University of Hertfordshire Co-ordinator

Mita graduated in Film, TV and Radio Studies from Staffordshire University and then went on to study for a Masters in Film Studies at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. She also has a Postgraduate teaching qualification from the University of Nottingham.

Mita has taught film and media modules to a variety of students from different backgrounds and until recently was a research assistant at the Creative Industries Observatory based at the London College of Communication.

She has published an entry in the Schirmer Encyclopaedia of Film. Her interests lie in academic research of films themselves as well as the film industries and she specialises in World Cinema, psychoanalysis and adaptation theory.

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Louise Lawrence
University of East Anglia Co-ordinator

Louise is the UEA FDMX Co-ordinator based at the East Anglian Film Archive, which is owned by the university. Louise is a technically trained film archivist and is relishing her role of acting as the interface between the Archive and the East Anglian region. The Archive holds a rich and outstanding collection of film footage, much of it amateur, which shows the lives of East Anglians over the past century. It is Louise’s ambition for this collection to be seen by the greatest amount of people as possible. Louise has also previously worked at Anglia Television in the Newsroom for 3 years as newsdesk co-ordinator and PA to the Head of News.

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Megan Manton
University of East Anglia Co-ordinator

Megan’s role within FDMX is the Assistant Project Co-ordinator for the University of East Anglia which is based at the East Anglian Film Archive.

Megan was born in Morristown, New Jersey. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City she assisted the creative director and photo editor of an international women’s magazine in Manhattan. Megan moved to Norwich in the autumn of 2004 to commence a Masters Degree in Photographic Studies from Norwich School of Art and Design and graduated with Distinction in 2005. Along with working for FDMX, Megan is a practicing artist (under her maiden name) working with both still and moving images, for more information go to: www.meganshaughnessy.com

Megan’s passion lies in the tangible aspect of film and history and the importance of conservation. She is interested in the abilities of new technologies which are able to increase access to important bodies of work. She also feel the importance of being a part of an organization such as FDMX which helps people either in an academic environment or working within the creative industry develop the tools and skills they need to move forward in their careers.

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Caroline Hyde
Anglia Ruskin University Co-ordinator

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Jodie Wick
Norwich University College of the Arts Co-ordinator

After completing her BA Graphic Design in 2001 and then attending the Animation School at Bristol’s UWE Jodie worked as a runner / production assistant for Clever Media working with the advertising communication team. After returning from London she worked as a freelance animator and Animation workshop technician at Norwich School of Art and Design. In 2003 she completed an MA in Animation and Sound Design and immediately following on from the completion of this began an internship at Imago Productions on the Media Connections Course. During this time Jodie developed a strong interest in research and development and has since worked on various projects for local television and multimedia companies including Imago Productions, Abacus Television and Cambridge Multi Media.

In 2004 Jodie was appointed Animation research and development officer at Norwich School of Art and design where she has been investigating the infrastructural requirements of the animation industry in the East of England which led to her appointment as FDMX co-ordinator in October 2006. Jodie has additionally been involved in the development of NSAD’s MA in Drawing and is currently on the course team for the new MA in Managing Creative Enterprise. Jodie also works as a part time lecturer in animation at Norwich School of Art and Design and is at present studying for an MPhil/PhD.

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