Film Academy Team

Creative Practitioners:

Alasdair Satchel:

Alasdair is a freelance filmmaker and has delivered Understanding Cinema, an acclaimed film education project, for the last 7 years. The project sees Alasdair interpreting and delivering training from the Cinémathèque Française in Scotland.  He is also a lead practitioner with Scottish Screen and has delivered film education work throughout the county for Into Film.  

Jim Parkyn:

Jim Parkyn, one of Aardman’s senior model makers, who has worked on many of the Aardman Animations including Shaun the Sheep Movie, Chicken Run, The Pirates, Creature Comforts and Timmy Time.


Jack Lockhart:

Jack Lockhart is a visual artist and film maker who works with video and animation. Working with people to make films, events and deliver educational workshops. 

Jack has worked with a wide range of museums and arts organisations and delivered film and animation workshops at the National Media Museum for 8 years before relocating to Scotland.

Special Guest – Sara Harkins – Industry professional masterclass

Sara has worked in the industry for 30 years, working as a freelancer and then at the BBC  primarily in drama and children’s on projects from Shallow Grave, Highlander and Waterloo Road  to Katie Morag, The Dog Ate My Homework and Nina and the Neurons.  Now freelance again and presently working as the Training Manager at Outlander, the Executive Producer of the children’s drama Molly and Mack and working with Screen Scotland to develop their Skills and Training strategy. 

Project Coordinators

Brodie Sim

Brodie Sim is a visual artist based on the Isle of Tiree and has worked within the creative industries since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2013. She has spent the past 4 years as Programme Co-ordinator at The Common Guild. Brodie is passionate about inspiring young minds and has spent 6 years working freelance in art education and engagement programmes with some of Scotland’s leading art organisations, including Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Art Festival, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, St Andrews University and Artlink. 

Jen Skinner

Jen Skinner has 19 years’ experience in film exhibition, from managing Hebden Bridge Picture House to developing the film education programme at the National Media Museum and as part of the festival team for both Bradford Animation Festival and Bradford International Film Festival. 
Jen is an Industry Advisor for the Film Hub A&E: Advice and Experience Member Advisory Scheme and on the development forum for This Way Up and is an ambassador for Into Film and has worked as part of the team on the Bradford Film Academy and Into Film Summer Schools. 

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