ELAM is Outstanding - It's Official!

Trainees at East London Arts and Music (ELAM) receive an Outstanding education according to the school’s first Ofsted Report published today.

East London Arts and Music (ELAM) is an Academy whose primary objective is to provide 16-19 year olds with a world-class education in, and exposure to the business of, both the performance and technical aspects of the music, games design, film and television industries. The course at ELAM has been designed in conjunction with the creative industries. The Ofsted report recognises the unique and excellent benefits that trainees and staff receive from the partnership between ELAM and the professionals in those creative industries.

Charlie Kennard, Principal, said, ‘We are delighted with the Ofsted Inspectors’ recognition of the quality of education we offer our trainees at ELAM. We strongly believe that there is so much creative talent that is unrecognised across the UK. We set ELAM up to give young people a place and a course that would give them the opportunity to pursue careers within theses sectors and this report is an indication that we are on the right track. I strongly believe that this report is a result and reflection of ELAM’s five core values of Drive, Excellence, Innovation, Integrity and Collaboration. We collectively established these values when we started some five years ago and it has been these values which have enabled us to achieve so much in such a short amount of time. Time and time again we have come back to these in the both good and tough times and they have always provided the right solution to allow us to move forward. On behalf of everyone involved in ELAM, I would also like to say a huge thank you to all the incredibly hard working staff who have given so much to help establish ELAM, all the trainees that enabled us to get to this point by choosing to come here when we didn't even exist and to all our Industry Partners for all their unwavering support. A special thanks must go to the team at Universal Music UK who signed up to our vision while ELAM was still just an idea.’

A team of four Ofsted inspectors used a mixture of group and individual interviews, observations of learning sessions as well as assessment and progress reviews to form their judgements. They concluded that the ‘Students thrive in lessons that are challenging, vibrant and exciting while benefiting from access to a unique and extensive range of very high-profile music industry professionals’.

ELAM continues to expand and in September 2017 will launch two new courses, Games Design and Film and Television, which mark the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the school.

The full Ofsted report is available online here.

Migos, Lil Yachty and Stefflon Don Visit!

Above: A photo of Lil Yachty talking through his album artwork during the masterclass.

This week we were lucky enough to be visited by world-wide artists Migos, Lil Yachty and Stefflon Don who did a full school masterclass and were showed around some of our brand new, state of the art music studios; they also got to watch some music lessons in action! They ended up jumping on the mic with one of the ELAM bands!

Watch the moment they jumped on the mic with ELAM trainee band here! 

The New Logo

With the development of ELAM and expansion into new ventures such as the digital media strand, we felt that it would be appropriate to change our logo to reflect our evolution as an organisation We are sad to see our old logo go, however, we will be creating special edition merchandise with our original logo, to wave it a well deserved final farewell! Keep an eye out for this, it will be coming very soon! Say hello to the new ELAM!





Star Wars Episode VIII title announced

It's official, the 8th film in the Skywalker saga will be called The Last Jedi, which will be released on December 15th 2017

The news was announced in a tweet from the official Star Wars account, which read: “It’s official. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is the next chapter of the Skywalker saga. This December.#TheLastJedi”

Read more here.


GTA V Returns to Top of the UK Game Charts

Despite being released almost 3 and a half years ago GTA V has this week returned to the top of the UK Games charts for the 10th time.

Read more here.

If you're interested in learning how to make games for a living, you might want to apply for our new industry standard Games Design courses at ELAM. Click here if so.

Rogue One's CGI resurrection tech: how 'ghosting' will change Hollywood

It’s already possible to be in two places at once in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Benedict Cumberbatch proved during several out-of-body experiences in last year’s Doctor Strange. So the New York Post story that the Sherlock star has been replaced by a body double for the shooting of scenes as the sorcerer supreme in the forthcoming MCU instalment Avengers: Infinity War Part One should come as no shock. Moreover, with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story having shown you don’t even need to be alive to star in a new movie, we should hardly be surprised that an actor no longer has to be on set to get involved in a shoot.

Disney has denied that Cumberbatch’s performance will be superimposed over that of Broadway thesp Aaron Lazar, just as the late Peter Cushing’s features blanketed those of Holby City actor Guy Henry for Grand Moff Tarkin’s return in Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One. But the Post’s story reveals the brave new and rather scary world of ghosted performances that we now live in.

Cushing’s posthumous appearance in Rogue One was inspired by a determination to bring back as many fan favourites as possible from the original Star Wars – and perhaps, if we’re being cynical, the knowledge that morbid curiosity would help boost the box office receipts. It is hard to imagine that studios, particularly those struggling with the scheduling conflicts that always come into play when working with busy A-list talent such as Cumberbatch, won’t consider taking a similar route with still-living talent in the future.

Read the full article here

Female directors on decline in Hollywood, study shows

The number of female directors working in Hollywood has fallen, according to a new study.

In 2016, just 7% of the top 250 films were directed by women, a fall of 2% from the year before. The annual report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film found that the number was also behind the figure achieved in 1998.

Read the full story here.

Here at ELAM we are fully committed to reversing this trend and actively encourage women to get involved in the film industry and starting their journey to become directors by joining our new Film and Television Production course.