M*****classes is a unique training opportunity that aims to address lack of gender diversity in creative design and production roles. Each set of M*****classes is focused on a specific area and consists of workshops, talks with professionals and hands on experience.

This is a free programme for those who have some experience or an interest in a field – but require refreshment or up-skilling before presenting themselves as viable candidates for these positions.

We welcome applications from women including cis, trans and intersex women; non-binary people; and anyone with an experience of gender like or similar to these experiences.

M*****classes: Video Design

Our latest set of M*****classes was organised by Tim Reid, one of Scotland’s leading Video Designers. Workshops were delivered by Tim and other Video Designers working in Scotland, London and internationally.

Participants developed an understanding of professional processes and potential career paths in the field of video design, while building practical skills and increasing confidence.

Classes ran in March and April 2022.

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M*****classes: Video Design participants with workshop leader Nina Dunn (front left)
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    Anna Raczynski  

    Anna Raczynski is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Edinburgh. Principally interested in documentary and community art practice, her creative filmmaking has allowed her to work collaboratively with teams based in museums, art galleries and universities. She has worked on various commissions and specialises in AV production and editing. 

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    M*****classes: Video Design Participants

    Kirsty May Hamilton

    Kirsty May Hamilton is an actor and theatre maker whose work is driven by a desire for social justice.  Her inter-disciplinary practice weaves poetics, live art and video projection in searching for a feminist visual language.  Recent work includes a digital adaption of her solo performance Flesh commissioned by Paisley Art Centre and Dancing at the Edge of the World (REPLICA, Berlin) a dance-theatre performance generated alongside ‘poetic machines’ reimagined with feminist AI-design.  

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    M*****classes: Video Design Participants

    Eve Allan  

    Eve Allan is a Musician, Video and Sound Editor and Theatre Technician. In 2021, she achieved her Higher National Diploma (HND) for Music. Most recently she was Sound Technician for performed reading ‘We Need to Talk About Safe’ by Sophie Goode and Corinne Salisbury (Assembly Roxy), Video Editor/Sound Designer on the Life in the Time Exhibition (Annie George/Amina MWRC) and Sound Operator on ‘Home is Not the Place’ by Annie George (Traverse Theatre). 

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    M*****classes: Video Design Participants

    Eliyana Evans 

    Eliyana is a Sound & Video designer and Composer working in theatre, podcasting, film. A graduate of Glasgow School of Art MDes Sound for moving image. Eliyana works mainly in theatre but also podcasts and audio commissions, with many credits to her name including Royal Exchange theatre, Hope Mill and exhibiting at The Lowry. She has a particular interest in gender, nationhood, identity and new technologies such as ambisonics and generative video. 

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    M*****classes: Video Design Participants

    Maili Fraser 

    My name is Maili and I am a queer and feminist filmmaker and artist from the Highlands. MLitt Gender Studies/ BA (Hons) Film and Media with Spanish, University of Stirling. I love working collaboratively with other artists to create exciting work across multiple art forms. I am particularly interested in how video design can be used to embed creative access in the storytelling process. I am excited to be part of M*****classes and learning to translate my practice from a digital screen to creative physical space.  

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    M*****classes: Video Design Participants

    Monika Smekot  

    Monika Smekot is an independent video and dance artist based in Glasgow, weaving together her practice in dance, movement, cinematography and moving image. Her training in contemporary dance and various other dance styles and techniques gives her an ability to read and understand the movement for the camera. Her strong interest in dance improvisations helps her continuously look for new points of view for the camera. Monika enjoys working as a cinematographer on dance films and producing digital content for live shows.

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    M*****classes: Video Design Participants

    Lorna Simpson 

    Lorna Simpson is an Edinburgh based filmmaker and editor who creates short films, music videos, screendance, docs and promos. She has collaborated with, and made work for, a wide range of artists, musicians, choreographers and storytellers including Tinderbox Collective, Hidden Door, Curious Seed, Creative Scotland Dance Team, Dance Base, and Vision Mechanics.  She has occasionally designed video for live performance and is keen to move more into this area of work.

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    M*****classes: Video Design Participants

    Ink Asher Hemp

    I’m Ink (they/them) and I’m a queer, trans, disabled, creator, storyteller, activist, theatre (trouble) maker. I use words and movement, music and imaginary to build tomorrow through the stories we tell ourselves today. A core focus of my work is ensuring access is integrated into development processes in a way that is creative, practical, honest, and politically articulate, and I am fascinated by the role video design and projection can play within this. 

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    M*****classes: Video Design Participants

    Hannah Dixon Wright  

    I studied contemporary performance, and while on the course, I discovered the integration of film and projection in live space. In 2018, I created a performance for the BEhaviour festival. In 2021, I was selected to take part in Produce Moon’s Creative Lab VR sessions. A large part of my career has been on set in film productions as a production manager, producer and/or production designer. I also work with the G20 youth festival, stand tall arts and Street Cones.

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