From Strode College to Spielberg - Former local student tells of Hollywood career

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By abbie_wells | Thursday, January 03, 2013, 15:19

Strode College students received a special lecture last month from an internationally renowned film effects coordinator.

Joe Carhart, a former Strode College student himself, has worked for film companies including Disney, Universal and 20th Century Fox, returning in December to inspire current media students.

So far in his career, he has helped produce films such as Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, X Men: First Class and Snow White and the Huntsmen.

Joe achieved a National Diploma in Media Production at Strode College and went on to complete a degree in Video Production at the University of Gloucestershire.

Naturally Strode's current Broadcast Media students were in awe or the exciting world of film Joe now works in.

Following his informal lecture at Strode College, Joe said: "When I left Strode I first went to Sheffield University but found that I'd learnt everything at Strode already.

"I changed to a more practical video production course at the University of Gloucestershire and after that I went straight into a job at The Moving Picture Company in London.

 "The skills and work ethic I learnt from Mell Turford, Strode's Broadcast Media teacher, helped me move up the career path quickly." He added, "this has helped me get access to the top people in the industry and to some fantastic projects.

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