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Student Using Film Skills to Help City's Football Club

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Most football fans spend at least part of their weekend watching the beautiful game on television, but one fan and University of Worcester student is spending his Saturdays getting closer to the action on the other side of the camera.

21 year-old James Wiles is just starting the final year of his Digital Film Production and Screenwriting degree, and, thanks to links between the University and Worcester City Football Club, he is picking up valuable experience leading a multi-camera team at each of the Conference North side’s games.

James, who is originally from Stockport, began filming sporting events while studying at Blackpool and the Fylde College, and says that since then, it is an area which he has been keen to explore further.

He explains: “Whilst at the college I was involved in filming Fleetwood Town matches and filmed a national bowls tournament in Blackpool. Since then, I have always wanted to get into filming live sports games and television multi-camera and have pursued this at university.

“It is a passion of mine; it is something that I would love to pursue as a career and Worcester City FC has given me the experience and freedom to bring a team in to film each game multi-camera when possible.”

The footage captured by James and his team at each game is edited into an online highlights package for supporters, and is made available to managers, coaches and referees for analysis.

He says that the support and opportunities that the University of Worcester has provided him with are proving invaluable and he continues to build his portfolio of work.

“The University provides the fantastic industry equipment to learn from and help to create these games and give myself and others the experience for future industry multi-camera job roles,” he adds.

“I wouldn't have been able to progress and enjoyed the opportunities I have had if it wasn't for the help and support of my college and university lecturers, as well as the technicians who have always supported the passion I have for digital media.”

To see examples of James’ work, visit: http://iamdimitrico.wix.com/jameswiles.