Sep 02

My VxM Testimony

VxM has helped me a lot and given me various opportunities, the majority of my experiences are because of VxM.

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VxM has helped me with my confidence, at times when I thought I wouldn’t amount to much, a chance would come up allowing me to be productive. One minute I would be teaching, something I never thought I would do or be good at, then I would become a makeup artist for a day, and then help produce short films and then do photography to then being a radio host.

 

VxM made me realise, that whatever it is I want to do I can pursue it. One of them being publication, they gave the group I’m part of ‘The Black Forum’ the opportunity to produce a magazine. I have always been passionate about writing, so to be able to write and edit our very own magazine, which was the first black produced magazine in Ipswich was amazing and it is something that I will definitely continue with.

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VxM has made me see that with a plan of action and the right people on your team, anything you set your mind is possible.

 

Thank-you Darren

By Cherelle Picort

Sep 01

Angel’s Testimony

First Of All, I Would Like To Say A Big “Thank You” For My Article’s In “Villa Cross Media” Magazine, Also For Giving Me The Opportunity To Work With “IO Radio UK”. I Always Get Such A Thrill To See My Articles Published And Chuffed That You Feel My Contributions Are Worthy Of Inclusion. I Really Appreciate The Opportunities You Provide, Plus You Folks Are Simply The Best At What You Do. “My experience With “Villa Cross Media” Magazine & With “IO Radio” Was So Wonderful.

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“This Magazine Provides Me A Wonderful Way To Spread The Word About My Inner Thoughts, Plus “IO Radio” Has Helped Me A Lot To Share My Views Online Confidently On Many Life Style Issues, My Ideas And My Experience Which I Share Just To Help Others”.

I Love The Fact There Is An Online Version Of “Villa Cross Media” Magazine As Well As I Love The Fact There Is An Online “Listen Again” Option For Listening To The Radio Shows You Missed On “IO Radio”, As Much I Love The Magazine And Enjoy Reading It From Cover To Cover, I Love To Hear Myself Online. Plus I Like Many Other Shows Too. The Magazine Has A Lot Of Other Good Articles Too That Fetch My Attention – Great For Reading While Enjoying A Coffee Break. I Love The Colour And Images Too.

 

With All My Love Wishing You Guys Success Always <3

Signature : Angel Seth <3

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Aug 26

My Experience With VxM

My experience with VxM

“VxM gave me opportunities that I would not have had otherwise”

 

guyI was introduced to VxM shortly after I enrolled on the study programme with CSV Media to study media and design, I was told that it is an organisation that engages young people via media. When I was first introduced to VxM I was shy, but the team and the other young people engaged in the project were very welcoming and soon brought out the loud and creative side in me. Although I have always had a love for digital media and design, I never had the chance to showcase my skills and creativity; so when VxM saw that I enjoyed it they soon asked me to produce flyers and take part in projects that they had organised.

 

VxM took me on a trip to Belgium, I was asked to film the trip and produce a video at the end of it. Going on the trip enabled me to meet new people that were also interested in media, this gave me the opportunity to learn and exchange skills.

 

VxM gave me the opportunity to be involved in local events and projects that were themed around media, this allowed me to showcase my skills and work. The feedback from the work that I had created was positive and encouraged me to do more and develop new skills. Because of VxM giving me the confidence and skills, I am now producing graphic design work for local music events and being paid in return, however I am also producing free work for other projects based at CSV Media.

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Aug 01

The VxM Closure Party

Vxm Closing Event, July 11th 2014, CSV Media, Ipswich

The Villa Cross Media project, engaging youth via media is in its final stages. Always a 3 year long project it has helped and interacted with a huge amount of young people who have developed many skills and developed themselves as people. And it will continue to do so until the very end. In light of this CSV Media Clubhouse, Ipswich hosted a closing festival in its new home The Old Crown Court. Even though it had only been a couple of weeks since the move the amazing staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to make sure the building was up to scratch and organised a busy schedule of activities and workshops for everyone to get involved with. As well as this we welcomed back our Belgian friends. Linking up with a number of projects over there members of H30, Het Entrepot and the Thomas Moore University came to get involved with the event, even helping set up in the moments before officially opening.

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Darren Mann Project Co-ordinator for VxM made the opening speech, praising all the people who had been involved in the project so far. The value of the people around him was clear as he continued with his emotional thanks. Later Darren was presented with a VxM cake to celebrate his achievement in making the project a massive success whilst being serenaded by Tommee, a fantastic local musician. To the side a mass of tasty Vxm and European styled cupcakes, made by Pack A Bake, find on Facebook – @pack-a-bake.

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There was a huge range of activities and workshops available from viewing an ongoing reel of films made by young people in the makeshift cinema to sexual health interactive games. Some activities were encouraged by the goodie bags everyone collected upon entry; create a stop motion film with your own potato person, make a badge or loom band.

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As well as this CSV created its very own Minecraft suite which was hugely popular.

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IO Radio was on hand to welcome the public into their radio shows also providing taster sessions and DJ workshops, Dorkbot provided alternative evening entertainment, talks with ‘People doing strange things with electricity’.

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You could be pampered in the feel good room, as well as a Youth At Risk workshop and learning how to beatbox! If that wasn’t enough there was some amazing food made by Keralam and live music and DJs all day!

The whole day was a great success and there were smiles all round! It was incredible to see how a new space could be transformed into a festival with a little hard work and determination. If anything it has proved that although the Vxm project may be coming to an end, the new home of CSV is an inspirational one which will continue to engage young people to develop and achieve how they wish to.

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There were of course some highlights, witnessing Rayon Nelson, Cherise Phillips and Coneyl Taylor, Rachel Helena and Beth Durrant harmonising Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ in a post-festival jam. The use of chairs to dance to beats featuring Dan and Gavin, the free popcorn and ice cream in the film room,  and well the celebration of diversity which the Vxm project has come to represent and praise.

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Shout out to everyone who worked towards the closing event, to our Belgian friends, everyone who came to CSV on the day. Thanks as well to all the performers and DJs; Tom Hogdson (who also presented The Funk Shack After-party in town), Benji Sadler, Daniel-Lee Harvey, and live acts Tommee, Rayon Nelson, and Cherise Phillips.

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Written by Ben Driver

Jul 30

VxM Videogames Podcast – E39 – Kalima!

Best enjoyed with a nice side of snake babies and monkey brains…

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Please allow me to introduce you to the podcast crew members:

Rob & PJ are this fortnight’s dynamic duo, providing details on Develop 2014′s after parties, an exclusive Microsoft E3 showcase, and much more besides.

 

 

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VxM Videogames Podcast – E39

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Rob Gisbey.

Rob Gisbey is a games journalist and music production graduate from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. To listen to his acoustic demoread his articles and listen to the VxM Videogames Podcast head to his blog.

Jul 28

The Incredible Human Chain

On Tuesday 10th June CSV Media Clubhouse marked its move to its new home at the Old Crown Court Building in historic fashion. The Incredible Human Chain, an apt title for the 300+ people that stretched between the old and new buildings.

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Ceremoniously boxes with letters painted on were passed down the line, what they spelt was only to be revealed once they had all reached our new home “CSV HUMAN CHAIN WE ARE MOVING”.

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Of course some clever people guessed what it was going to say! But it wasn’t all some elaborate word game, the occasional percussive instrument was thrown into the mix in some cases providing snippets of serious rhythm, in other cases slight noise but major hilarity.

It was a happy snap sort of occasion, everyone with smart phones, tablets and cameras taking pictures and posting them across social media. Cad Taylor who organised the whole event spent her time cycling from one end to the other with words of encouragement and a GoPro camera strapped to her head. She was joined by the ICTV film crew to capture the chain as it emerged and stretched.

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All the amazing projects available at CSV Media were represented, Vxm, IO Radio, Global Music Collective, Respect , Vision, AltEd, were alongside the volunteers/participants that make up the driving force of those projects, there to support the move. Businesses and organisations were invited to be a part of the chain as well with everyone from the Anglo-Chinese Cultural Exchange to our new neighbours The New Wolsey Theatre making an appearance.

Thanks to everyone who came and everyone who wanted to come but couldn’t. The support and interaction CSV Media has with the surrounding community is incredibly important to the organisation and never taken for granted.

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A massive thank you also to Pooley’s Removals for their tireless efforts in helping move furniture and an array of bulky items to our new home!

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To find out more about the amazing opportunities that get involved in, pop by:

CSV Media,

The Old Crown Court,

Civic Drive,

Ipswich,

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Hope to see you soon!

Ben Driver

Jul 11

VxM Videogames Podcast – E38 – Bong on the Beach

That’s “bong” like the 10 o’clock news, not like Dazed and Confused…

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Please allow me to introduce you to the podcast crew members:

Rob, Tom, Ant & PJ travel to Brighton for the Develop Conference, test out a host of up-and-coming indie games, and podcast directly from a rather shingly beach.

 

VxM Crew at Develop

 

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VxM Videogames Podcast – E38

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Rob Gisbey.

Rob Gisbey is a games journalist and music production graduate from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. To listen to his acoustic demoread his articles and listen to the VxM Videogames Podcast head to his blog.

Jul 01

June Film Reviews

There have been some great films to come out this June and some that have been less so, but the most disappointing thing for the local Cinema this month is that they have introduced allocated seating. My first experience of this meant that just because a group of my friends bought their tickets five minutes after ours, they were placed three rows behind. The main issue that caused this new systemisation was that they were selling more tickets than seats. Fortunately as Customers are not happy with this change, it will hopefully mean that they will come up with a more successful system before the Summer Blockbusters come out.

22 Jump Street – We were pleasantly surprised about the quality of this sequel; we would even go as far as to say it hr_22_Jump_Street_3is better than the first. The best part of the film is that it embraces the idea that sequels are often worse and more expensive than their prequels. They referred to the sequel itself as the: ‘second mission being way too expensive.’ Ice Cube upped his comedic game this time around. The creators gave the audiences what they wanted, the bromance between Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill was back but to the audience’s joy this time they were having a domestic. Overall this was one of the best films this month.

Oculus – This film must have been one of the biggest disappointments this month, because it was not scary. The worst part is that the film had potential to be much more, with the brilliant editing of the parallel narrative; however the character portrayal lacked any substance.  The leading actress Karen Gillian, well known for her role as Amy Pond in Doctor Who, brought to the film, her serial fans but it was a disappointing role. There were no characteristics for the Audiences to relate to and therefore when things turned ominous the thought of the protagonist facing impending doom was not disappointing. The best things about the film were the gory bits which were heavily focused on. Fans of the American serial, One Tree Hill were disappointed that James Lafferty’s role was so small despite being suited and booted to perfection and because of Oculus-poster-with-Karen-Gillanhis absence in majority of the film the audience did not relate to the loss of the main character’s partner. There was no chemistry between them, they got relatively well known, attractive actors and hoped that it would work.

Maleficent – This film sees Angelina Jolie back to her former glory. Maleficent_live_action Following her success from this film and as a good will ambassador, she was honoured the title of Dame on the Queen’s Birthday. Her daughter was the only child Actress that wasn’t scared of Maleficent in her full wardrobe and make up and therefore was the only one fit for the role of young Aurora. The CGI was superbly executed so that the film was aesthetically beautiful and felt like you were literally in a fairy tale with the help of 3D or IMAX. The main appeal of the film is the Feminist undertones, it was a great adaptation, focusing on a Woman scorned, providing the duality of a Villain and heroine in one. Elle Fanning’s character embodied all of Aurora’s finer qualities like the innocence and reservation. Young Maleficent was an amazing child actress, definitely one to look out for in the future, the casting director chose the perfect character she looked more like Angelina Jolie than Angelina Jolie’s own child.

the fault inFault In Our Stars – For those who already knew the ending to the film, it was less heart wrenching but for those who do not, they can expect to cry many tears. For some die hard John Green fans, they may find that it does not do justice for his writing. Augustus’ ‘metaphor’ was over used to the point that he got annoying, there was a lot more substance to this character that was overlooked. Ansel Elgort was the ultimate romance fantasy and Shailene as Hazel Grace was the Girl Next Door and the chemistry between the two romantic leads was undeniable. The film was hyped up so much but a lot of the best parts were shown in the trailer which was disappointing. This is one of those films that could not live up to the book.

1 million ways to die in the West – As the best parts of the comedy were shown in MV5BMTQ0NDcyNjg0MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzk4NTA4MTE@._V1_SX214_AL_the trailer, there was no surprise and it lacked any consistent narrative. Seth McFarlane directed and acted in his first live action film, unfortunately the humour felt forced, which proved that he could not direct himself. He over compensated, creating an absence of feeling for the main actor, who appeared arrogant. The audience found it difficult to differentiate from him and his Character. Theron was great, as always, she was the only appeal to the film, especially for the Male audience, however Sarah Silverman was hilarious as the comedic harlot.

edge-of-tomorrow-poster1Edge Of Tomorrow – Surprisingly the time lapsing within the film did not get annoying; this was thanks to the classic editing. Tom Cruise was at his finest with his Block Buster acting but there was more quality within this material than his past roles. Teamed with Emily Blunt, the duo was a force to be reckoned and their romance not being centralised, made the film more appealing to a wider audience. As Tom Cruise is usually typecast as a Mission Impossible type action hero it was a nice surprised to see him play a character forced into a situation he was completely unprepared for, making it the most relatable character that he has ever played.

 

Godzilla – Many people said that a remake was unnecessary and unfortunately they were right to say so. The film wasGodzilla-2014-Teaser-Trailer-Poster a gigantic Godzilla-sized let down. The most shocking thing was that the Mutant Reptile was absent for most of the film. Despite the technology we have accessible now the CGI was terrible. It was such a farfetched twist that Godzilla was in allegiance with the Americans against the Aliens. Bryan Cranston was chosen for his role in order to use his fame from Breaking Bad to get the audience in, it worked but audiences were left generally disappointed.

x-men-days-of-future-past-professor-xX-Men: Days of Future Past – Finally they brought back Patrick Stewart who undoubtedly makes the franchise. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart’s bromance in real life translated to on screen. Ellen Page as Kitty was extremely disappointing, she was given a lot of screen time but provided no real emotion to the character. Elizabeth Olsen (The Olsen twins’ Sister who also stars in Godzilla) was made up to look Asian despite being American. This highlighted just how amazing the wardrobe and make up department worked on this franchise in general. This is the XMen sequel we have all been waiting for.

 

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Jun 27

VxM Videogames Podcast – E37 – Dragon Pouch

Initiate docking protocol… no, no THAT one, you filthy beggar!

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Please allow me to introduce you to the podcast crew members:

Rob, Tom, Ant & PJ recount some recent adventures and predict what the future holds in store for prolific Japanese publisher, Capcom.

 

 

Contact Us:

If you’ve got a question, comment or suggestion please email us at videogamespodcast@vxm.me

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VxM Videogames Podcast – E37

Visit YouTube to listen to more of our podcasts and subscribe to us on iTunes!

Rob Gisbey.

Rob Gisbey is a games journalist and music production graduate from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. To listen to his acoustic demoread his articles and listen to the VxM Videogames Podcast head to his blog.

Jun 13

VxM Videogames Podcast – E36 – E3 Special: F*ck You Colour-Blind

Brace yourself for the Luigi Death Stare…

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Please allow me to introduce you to the podcast crew members:

Rob, Tom & Ant devote the entire show to E3 2014, breaking down each and every press conference and the games showcased within.

 

 

Contact Us:

If you’ve got a question, comment or suggestion please email us at videogamespodcast@vxm.me

Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vxmvideogamespodcast

Add us on Twitter: @RobGisbey,  @TKewellDesign@AntPolaroids & @PJBelcher

 

VxM Videogames Podcast – E36

Visit YouTube to listen to more of our podcasts and subscribe to us on iTunes!

Rob Gisbey.

Rob Gisbey is a games journalist and music production graduate from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. To listen to his acoustic demoread his articles and listen to the VxM Videogames Podcast head to his blog.

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