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From the University of Hull to the BAFTAs: Gavin Murdoch

Creative music technology and digital arts graduate Gavin Murdoch has the tricky task of engaging the most discerning and honest television audience of all – children.

13th February 2017

And his success in this challenging endeavour has recently been celebrated with an award in the Scottish BAFTAs.

The production team, including Gavin as assistant producer, took the award for the best children’s programme for the acclaimed series All Over the Workplace.

It follows a team of ‘rookies’ – children who want to learn about a particular industry – as they experience a day in the life of their dream job, be that a professional footballer, comedian or author.

One show even took the rookies into 10 Downing Street to meet the then Prime Minister David Cameron so they could learn about life as a politician.

Gavin commented:

“Kids TV is really dynamic and engaging and a lot of time is spent on the edit.

“You have to work hard to keep the attention of your audience but having children as contributors to the programme makes this a lot easier, as they are really enthusiastic and bursting with energy!”

The BBC Scotland/CBBC programme’s success has led to a second series, which Gavin is currently working on.

At Hull, he studied BA Creative Music Technology with Digital Arts and then stayed on to pursue an MRes in Sonic Art, completing this in 2008.

On graduation, he had his eye on a career in music production but the skills he gained in his studies and subsequent work opportunities instead led him into video post-production work.

Gavin said:

“At Hull, the seeds were sewn for me to see digital arts as a collaborative process, working with other students and staff.

“The facilities were cutting-edge and Hull always kept up-to-date with current technology, which really helps you keep on top of your game.

Gavin cut his teeth in the industry as an editor for a Glasgow-based independent production company.

His extensive CV includes a cookery series based in the Masai Mara, stop-frame animation and GoPro footage from yachtsman Gerry Hughes’ solo circumnavigation of the globe.

And Gavin says the diversity of his career, which has also included documentaries, music videos and advertising work, is what makes the industry so exciting.

He added:

“I would recommend that students who wish to follow a career in digital media use the facilities and resources as much as possible.

“And make sure to get out in the real world on placements in the industry. Meet people, build a network and get your name known.”

At Hull, the seeds were sewn for me to see digital arts as a collaborative process, working with other students and staff.