Beyond Penrice: Byron Moyle

On Tuesday 24th February we welcomed back former student Byron Moyle. Byron is currently studying Creative Media at Truro College and asked if he could return to Penrice Academy to gather footage for his documentary project, with the theme of using technology in the classroom. We took the opportunity to find out what it is he loves about being creative…

What led you to study Media at college?

I started studying Media here at Penrice alongside Photography and I loved it. I really enjoyed the research and the ideas, especially in the advertising and promotional side of things, although I’m now embracing my creativity through TV, Documentary and Music Video.  I just love the freedom it brings. I am really interested in media and being creative and it’s definitively part of my personality.

Who inspires you?

Actually, a lot of my inspiration comes from comedians such as Bo Burnham. I find comedians are creative in such an interesting way – they don’t just tell jokes, there’s so much more to it. I love how almost anything can be turned into a strange or beautiful concept. I was always creative by nature but a lot of the time my parents encouraged me too which was great

Can you remember who inspired you back at Penrice?

Both my teachers at my primary school and here at Penrice guided me towards this interest as well. I feel like all my teachers at Penrice took on board the creativity and really included it in normal academic subjects, which made me realise I could use my main skills to learn new things in new ways that I didn’t know were possible.

What was your favourite thing about Penrice?

My favourite thing was this support – support that was available no matter what. Teachers were always willing to help and guide me, even though it didn’t feel like it at the time! A lot of my teachers – especially in Year 10 and 11 – certainly helped me get where I am today and to be honest I’m really very grateful for that.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?

My hope is to be a freelance editor working on projects while doing my own thing such as photography and incorporating that into my work as well. I’d love to have some experience working on TV shows and in studios too.

What advice would you give a Year 11 leaving the school this year?

My advice would be to have a loose plan. Detail doesn’t matter, but have a think about what it is you want to do now, be it College, Apprenticeship etc. School is important for academia, but I would say the period after school is so important to use to explore those additional things that you may not have had time to do at school and it can change your life. Explore your passions and enjoy yourself!

Big thank you to Mr Hopkins, Mr Edwards and the students who took part in his documentary for their help on the day.