'Mad Dog Kelly found dead! Grand opening of the Speakeasy to continue as planned...'

On Friday 14th December, the Event Management students held their very first show after months of preparations. This is their write up of the planning and production of the Speakeasy…

The day had arrived where as a class, we were tasked with planning our first event!

The first thing we had to do was come up with a theme. And so, on a sunny day in The Pavillion Gardens, our group decided our theme would be a 1920’s prohibition era and that we would run A Speakeasy.

It was a bit of a 6 week blur from there, from allocating our roles, sewing and making all of the costumes ourselves to booking our taxis to transport all of our instruments to the venue.

We all had jobs to complete during the planning process and they all overlapped. Some of us were booking acts and some of us were working production but we made sure we had a really thorough planning period.

The day before the event we hit our first hurdle. There was an issue with our instruments and some of our bands cancelled. But with a bit of quick thinking we managed to call in some favours and luckily in house we had our talented opera singer Jasmine who agreed to perform – we all stayed calm and were able to problem solve well.

It was the day of the event – I could feel the anticipation in the air. We met at college and talked about the day ahead. Soon we were at the venue running around trying to get all the decor up and do a sound check all within our hour get in! Our venue was The Walrus – which was so perfect for our speakeasy theme. And they gave it to us for free (huge thanks to The Walrus)!

The doors opened and we were off! At 1:30pm the entrance was flooded with people. We had a queue! We asked some people what they thought of the event and they said that “the performances were really good throughout the night.” – One person interviewed said they would give the event  “10/10”.

We were really lucky to have amazing performers who were really talented and helped to bring the event to life so a big thank you to – Miri, Jessie, Jamie, Ed, Latya, Alex, Will, Sian Anouska, Catherine and Jasmine. Also a big thank you to all of the staff at The Walrus.

Overall I think we had a hugely successful event with almost 100 attendees and lots of great feedback. I know as a class we were really happy with our efforts and we are very excited to start planning our next event!

If you’d like to learn the nitty and gritty of planning and production for Events and even put on your own, check out our Level 3 course here and apply to start in September 2019

Richard Dufty - Motion Graphics

"Your showreel is your calling card."

On Tuesday 4th December, Media Production students welcomed Motion Graphics Designer Richard Dufty to hear about his career in the media industry and to learn from his experience and passion for all things graphic. 

Richard has had a long and successful career in the industry. He first began his journey at university and since worked on a variety of projects encompassing branding, post-production, broadcast design, channel launches, live television and digital video. Richard primarily works in After Effects and has his own studio in Brighton.

Check out his incredible portfolio here.

Our favourite pieces of advice from Richard:

  • Your showreel is your calling card.
  • There are opportunities everywhere in the film and tv industry – every piecce of film needs editing, putting together and animating.
  • Never had a single employer ask to see his university degree. Having said that, Richard learnt a lot from his uni experience that he continues to use every day.
  • A lot of your work will come from people you know or once knew, e.g. those at university.
  • Employers see real value in the projects you create yourself.
  • Have a passion and build a strong body of work.
  • Behance is key for professionals wanting to showcase their work online.
  • Instagram is also really powerful
  • Get a Vimeo acount – professional ad easy to embed – looks a bit slicker than YouTube
  • When seeking  work experience opportunities, find a company you like, then source the right contact on their LinkedIn page. Next find a piece of work or a campaign about the company you really liked and highlight it in your email. Show your interest in their company. Blanket emails to multiple companies don’t get you very far. Stand out from the crowd. Follow up after a week if you don’t hear anything.
Richard Dufty Industry Guest Speaker
  • Learn to speak the language of the industry you’re interested in. 
  • You can only get your personal production value so high on your own. 
  • Go to conferences, network with people. They want to talk to you!
  • Conferences are broadcasted online if you wish to see them. 
  • If you can get into a big company then you absolutely should because you’ll learn heaps from those people with experience there.
  • The industry is demanding and exciting. There are always new technologies, softwares and plugins – you must keep up to date.
  • Back up your work online! At some point, you will lose what’s on an external hardrive. Don’t be that person.
  • Loads of YouTube tutorials for After Effects.

If you want to learn new digital skills and make your own graphics, apply to study on our Level 2 / 3 Media Production course in Brighton or Bexhill next September!

Two days full of industry guest speakers and skills workshops

Careers Day is all about giving our young people valuable insights into the working world and inspiration for their next steps in life. We explored University as a progression route, the types of Apprenticeships you can get and how they can get themselves meaningful work experience.

We also invited in some amazing industry guests to share their experiences and wisdom on succeeding in the creative industries, and to deliver some exciting skills workshops.

We’d like to say a big thanks to everyone that was a part of our two fantastic careers days – we couldn’t have done it without you. Below is just a flavour of some of the guests we had in and what we learnt from their sessions. 

Careers Day 2018

Adam Sheldon, Big Egg Films – Running your own business and being self employed

Adam is the co-founder and director of Big Egg, a full service production company in Brighton. Adam and David have a combined 15 years or so in the film and TV industries and have worked with Sky, Disney, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Nowness, BFI amongst others. Their most recent projects include a homelessness awareness short film for Brighton Housing Trust released this month. 

See Big Egg’s work here.

What we learnt from this session…

  • Big Egg gives work experience placements.
  • Adam recognised that videos and narratives need to be shorter.  Find your niche and unique selling point (USP).
  • Owning a business is scary but liberating.
  • You might have your own team that you need to then pay wages to.
  • Learn about invoices. It’s easy to forget about these kind of things.
  • People like having fluidity when they’re self employed. The opportunity to have different roles on different days for different companies. 
  • If you’re working in media and entertainment and unsure what to charge your clients, BECTU can help and will make sure you don’t charge too little or too much. 
  • Charging too little for your services can be just a put off as overcharging.
  • Brighton Film Makers group has loads of opportunities for (you guessed it) film makers.
  • Also check out Mandy, Shooting People, Talent Circle.
  • Don’t work or surround yourself with arrogant people or those that just want to moan. It sounds obvious but you don’t need to surround yourself with negativity. 
  • Don’t be afraid to turn work down if you don’t think you’d enjoy working on it. If you do accept, you won’t produce your best work.
  • Do get your foot in the door. It’s better to be at the bottom of a ladder you want to climb than no ladder at all.

Sam Watts – Make Real

Sam has been working in the games industry for the past 15 years for a variety of global development and publishing studios. He’s worked on MMOs like Guild Wars with NCsoft, casual Facebook games for Zynga and a range of agencies creating promotional gaming titles for the likes of Sony PlayStation, BBC, Channel 4, Sky and more.

More information on Make Real here.

What we learnt from this session…

  • 45% of the games industry is made up from Europe.
  • There are 145 million active steam users.
  • Unity and Unreal software make games development accessible to everyone.
  • There are so many different roles in the industry, particularly in big companies. Find what your strengths are, you don’t need to be a master at everything.
  • Learn new tools, meet new people wherever you can; game jams, networking events…
  • It’s important when in a big studio to have a diverse team with lots of different backgrounds. 
  • There are 35 game companies in Brighton.
  • Sam wants to help develop more work experience and internship opportunities for young people and make it so that there are less game development degree led routes into the industry. 

Sarah Perryman – Brighton Fringe 

Sarah Perryman is the Participation & Development Manager for Brighton Fringe, and works with over 5,000 Participants, Venue Managers and Arts Industry Professionals each year. She started her career as a performer, before moving into arts, marketing and administration. Sarah has worked as a stage manager, a production manager, tour manager and front of house manager. She was a freelance theatre producer for 10 years, taking shows to Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes as well as touring nationally and internationally.

Click here to check out Brighton Fringe.

What we learnt from this session…

  • Learnt about how Brighton Fringe works
  • How they could put on their own shows for Brighton Fringe
  • Came up with their own fantasy shows including emo-burlesque and drag-con
  • Brighton Fringe put 1000 events on in 2018 (4000 shows!)
  • Over 160 venues across Brighton
  • The festival is about celebrating creative freedom. There were events in really abstract places, like in someone’s bathroom!
  • There are lots of support for artists.
Careers Day 2018

Nick Ford Photography

Nick has studied photography and has worked in the field for 10 years. His background has included working as Senior Photographer and Photo Manager on P&O Cruises & Cunard. This has enabled him to travel the world, to some amazing places including Sydney, Hong Kong and Dubai. His work now is portrait, wedding and commercial photography.

Click here to see Nick’s work.

What we learnt from this session…

  • It’s important to maintain relationships with client and people you meet. You can end up with a lot of return business.
  • You don’t want to create more work for yourself so make sure you plan ahead, including all of the little details that make the bigger picture. Be strategic.
  • Don’t miss opportunities! If you need to get up early or stay up late for that perfect shot, do it. 
  • A good rule when out and about shooting is to have two camera bodies each with a different lens.

Sam Hannah – Small Pond Studios

Sam is the Booking and Promotions agent for successful Brighton record label and recording studio Small Pond. Sam books and promotes shows and tours all over the UK and Europe. Sam studied music at university before joining Small Pond. He has worked with The Physics House Band, Delta Sleep, Mogwai and Syd Arthur. He also runs his own promoting business called “Slippy H Presents”.

Click here to check out Small Pond.

What we learnt from this session.

  • Learnt how to put on the perfect gig – how to choose the right band and right venue. What forms of marketing to use to reach your audiences, how much to charge for tickets, etc
  • How to calculate a budget for a show. 
  • General insights into the world of promoting (and specifically in Brighton).

Leon Holder – Audio Engineer at Hope and Ruin

Sam is the Booking and Promotions agent for successful Brighton record label and recording studio Small Pond. Sam books and promotes shows and tours all over the UK and Europe. Sam studied music at university before joining Small Pond. He has worked with The Physics House Band, Delta Sleep, Mogwai and Syd Arthur. He also runs his own promoting business called “Slippy H Presents”.

Click here to check out the Hope and Ruin.

What we learnt from this session.

Jac Mills – Elev8 Careers

Elev8 was here to help with the important decisions student need to make in their career journey. This could be anything from practical decision making (such as what GCSEs to take), to knowledge building (for example where you can take the courses that interest you) to skill building (such as CV writing and interview techniques) and some of life’s bigger questions along the way.

What we learnt from this session…

  • Professional online profiles are essential in helping you to promote yourselves and be more discoverable.
  • How to present yourself well in an interview – what to talk about and what not to say.
  • The different progression options available to young people.
  • Plan ahead, 
  • Find employers your want to work for and approach them. Look up specific contacts on LinkedIn. If you don’t get a response, email them again. Persistence is great as long as it’s not annoying.
Careers Day 2018

Lee Brighton – Label Manager for BBE Records Hastings 

Lee Bright has been with Record Label BBE Music for 18 years now, joining them in their infancy, now part owner and label manager. BBE is globally renowned for releasing quality Hip Hop. Jazz, Disco, Rare Groove and Funk, and has represented artists such as; Mark Ronson, Masters At Work, J Dilla, Will I Am, Bilal, Paul Weller, John Morales to name but a few.

See BBE’s catalogue of music here.

What we learnt from this session…

  • You might not think it but it’s really important to get a good level of English and Maths as there’s lots of data to handle and communication to be had.
  • Lots of people don’t know how their royalties work and there is a good chance that some people will exploit that.
  • Make sure as an artist you know about the royalties and money you can tap into.
  • You don’t go into the music industry to make money – not a good mindset to have. You need to be passionate and it needs to be a lifestyle choice as you need to be switched on 24/7.
  • The internet gives everyone a way to broadcast themselves.
  • Try and get as much experience as you can as early as you can.
  • Engage with local labels and artists you like listening to. They love social media interaction.
  • Record Labels often offer internship placements. If you’re looking for experience, Lee might be able to help…
  • If nobody gives you the opportunity to do it, do it yourself! 
  • You need to have a bit of hustle in this business.

Simon Newbury – Photographer 

Simon runs his own photography business serving Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne. He specialises in people, pets and places. He is the winner of the Guild of Photographers’ Overall Image Of The Year (Member’s Choice) 2015 and 2016 and 6th in the Guild of Photographers’ TOP TEN wedding photographers 2017.

Check out Simon’s work here

What we learnt from this session…

  • Simon works a lot with Photoshop – lots of time spent in post-production.
  • Photoshop layers will change your life!
  • Trying to follow a complex line with your mouse is near impossible – get yourself a drawing tablet, you won’t regret it!
  • Challenge: Take a photo every single day – you’ll never be more productive.
  • The flash on a camera gives you complete control.
  • Don’t pay for an expensive camera body. They can all take great photos and you can pick them up on ebay. Spend your money on different lenses as that’s where all the detail and control comes from. 
Careers Day 2018

Ed Frith – Head of Live Programming at De La Warr Pavilion 

Ed joins De La Warr from his role as Music Events Manager at the Roundhouse, Camden where he delivered a diverse range of music events from Radiohead to David Byrne, Patti Smith to Chic, Snarky Puppy to BBC live music events. He was involved in its many festivals including the Apple music festival and Roundhouse Rising – a platform for emerging musicians.

See the De La Warr Pavilion here.

What we learnt from this session…

  • It costs thousands of pounds to open the auditorium doors for a show. Equipment needs to be hired, staff hired, marketing and advertising, ticketing,etc.
  • DLWP could help some students out with opportunities such as photographing live gigs.
  • They wanted to know what young people would want to see put on at the DLWP.
Careers Day 2018

Martijn Van Der Meulen – Snap Finger Click Studios  

Snap Finger Click was founded by Martijn van der Meulen and Ed Gladwin in November 2015. Ed and Martijn originally met many years ago whilst working together at Sony PlayStation, and they both have long careers in gaming and technology, including stints at Yahoo! and Electronic Arts. The team at Snap Finger Click largely consists of the people behind the BAFTA-winning Buzz! quiz franchise and are experts at creating innovative multiplayer experiences.

See the Snap Finger Click Studios

What we learnt from this session…

  • Martijn had a go at making a PS4 game by himself and set up Snap Finger Click Studios. 
  • He made a game in 3 months with his friend.
  • You need to find a way to effectively communicate the ideas in your head with other people around you – a really good skill to have.
  • The way you write things down gets interpreted really literally.
  • Get yourself a Twitter account and engage with the gaming community. 
  • You need to stand out when applying for games. Martijn once had 200 applications for a role.
  • Build an online presence as early as possible. You need to have a stand out portfolio of work. Be discoverable.
  • Just go out and make a game! 
  • If you want to do a degree, make sure you study the right one. Don’t just pick the first course that has “games” in, find out what’s involved and compare it to other uni courses. 

Vicky Speirs – Higher Education Programme Coordinator at East Sussex College  

In this interactive session, learners explored University as a potential progression route. They discussed the pro’s and con’s to Higher Education as well as busting some myths along the way! 

If you’re looking to start your journey into the creative industries, apply to join us in September 2019!

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  • YMCA Creative Arts Session
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  • YMCA Creative Arts Session

“Your mental health is a priority. Your happiness is an essential. Your self-care is a necessity.”

To mark the importance of World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10th October, young people and creative arts organisations across East Sussex came together in the evening at Dv8 Sussex to share their thoughts and experiences around the issue of mental health.  

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Yekerz making a short film

This has been the biggest year of my life…

Over the last year we’ve got to know Media Production student James and we think he’s a shining example of a young person that has a thirst for knowledge and real life experiences to prepare him for a rewarding career in the media industry! We spoke to him to find out about his early love for media and games and about his experience on his course at Dv8, plus his new exciting internship position. Over to you James…

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Miss Melody

“Follow your dreams. Don’t give up!”

We were lucky enough to catch up and interview Miss Melody, a previous Dv8 student and now successful MC / DJ, to find out a little bit more about her journey into the music industry.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood / earliest ambition?

I grew up in Bexhill On Sea and my earliest ambition was to MC/ DJ. I have always loved music. I remember having a set of turntables and a fisher price mic at the age of 8 and loved it haha.

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  • Brighton End of Year Showcase at Brighthelm Centre
  • Brighton End of Year Showcase at Brighthelm Centre
  • Brighton End of Year Showcase at Brighthelm Centre
  • Brighton End of Year Showcase at Brighthelm Centre
  • Brighton End of Year Showcase at Brighthelm Centre
  • Brighton End of Year Showcase at Brighthelm Centre
  • Brighton End of Year Showcase at Brighthelm Centre
  • Brighton End of Year Showcase at Brighthelm Centre
  • Brighton End of Year Showcase at Brighthelm Centre
  • Brighton End of Year Showcase at Brighthelm Centre
  • Brighton End of Year Showcase at Brighthelm Centre

Smiles & laughter, tears and sweat, joy and sadness….

On Friday 22nd June we held our annual end of year showcase for our Brighton students at the Brighthelm Centre, to celebrate and share a selection of their work they’ve been busy creating over the last year.

With a room teeming to the brim with students from this year, next year’s applicants, proud parents and carers, and our friends and partners from schools, colleges and referral agencies from across East Sussex, our showcase extravaganza began.

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  • Dv8 Lighthouse takeover
  • Dv8 Lighthouse takeover
    Photographer: Anya Arnold
  • Dv8 Lighthouse takeover
  • Dv8 Lighthouse takeover
    Photographer: Anya Arnold
  • Dv8 Lighthouse takeover
    Photographer: Anya Arnold
  • Dv8 Lighthouse takeover
    Photographer: Anya Arnold
  • Dv8 Lighthouse takeover
    Photographer: Anya Arnold
  • Dv8 Lighthouse takeover
    Photographer: Anya Arnold
  • Dv8 Lighthouse takeover
    Photographer: Anya Arnold
  • Dv8 Lighthouse takeover
    Photographer: Anya Arnold
  • Dv8 Lighthouse takeover
    Photographer: Anya Arnold

Part of the Last Dance: Re-imagined Future Series

Throughout May, Lighthouse hosted a series of events called Last Dance: Re-imagined Futures with a full programme of free talks, workshops and events exploring the future of culture and arts. The roster of events featured independent figures who have contributed to the cultural landscape both locally and beyond, including musicians, DJs, record label owners, radio presenters, magazine publishers and many more who stand at the forefront of the creative industries.

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Fashion trip to Irregular Choice

Irregular Choice visits Dv8 Sussex Fashion Students

At the heart of what we do is helping our students get real work experience and give them a true insight into what it’s like to work in the creative industries. We believe that by the time you finish college you should have experience meeting and working in a professional creative environment so you can go on to thrive with experience under your belt from an early age!  

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  • Dv8 Careers Day 2018
  • Dv8 Careers Day 2018
  • Dv8 Careers Day 2018
  • Dv8 Careers Day 2018
  • Dv8 Careers Day 2018
  • Dv8 Careers Day 2018
  • Dv8 Careers Day 2018
  • Dv8 Careers Day 2018
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  • Dv8 Careers Day 2018
  • Dv8 Careers Day 2018
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  • Dv8 Careers Day 2018
  • Dv8 Careers Day 2018
  • Dv8 Careers Day 2018
  • Dv8 Careers Day 2018

Highlights from our Careers Day 2018, Brighton & Bexhill

The Dv8 Careers Day was held across both Brighton and Bexhill campuses to give students the opportunity to explore what options and pathways are out there for their next steps in work or education. We had careers hubs, university talks and lots of guests speakers from various creative industries and practical workshops for students to take part in. Read on below for a small insight into what both days held and some of the excellent advice and discussions that took place.

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  • Pixel 8 Event Magagement
  • Pixel 8 Event Magagement
  • Bexhill Xmas Showcase at DLWP
  • Bexhill Xmas Showcase at DLWP
  • Pixel 8 Event Magagement
  • Bexhill Xmas Showcase at DLWP
  • Pixel 8 Event Magagement
  • Pixel 8 Event Magagement
  • Bexhill Xmas Showcase at DLWP
  • Pixel 8 Event Magagement
  • Pixel 8 Event Magagement
  • Bexhill Xmas Showcase at DLWP
  • Bexhill Xmas Showcase at DLWP
  • Pixel 8 Event Magagement
  • Pixel 8 Event Magagement
  • Pixel 8 Event Magagement
  • Pixel 8 Event Magagement
  • Pixel 8 Event Magagement
  • Pixel 8 Event Magagement
  • Bexhill Xmas Showcase at DLWP
  • Bexhill Xmas Showcase at DLWP
  • Bexhill Xmas Showcase at DLWP
  • Pixel 8 Event Magagement
  • Bexhill Xmas Showcase at DLWP
  • Bexhill Xmas Showcase at DLWP
  • Bexhill Xmas Showcase at DLWP

 

In the lead up to Christmas we had three events this year to celebrate the end of term and the start of the festive holidays. One game-tastic event, and two music showcases. Big thanks to everyone that came to see what our students have been working on and to support creative education! 

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At Dv8 Sussex we offer a Level 2 Fashion & Design course at both our Brighton and Bexhill campuses. Our course allows you to build on your experience and enthusiasm for Fashion & Design by learning the skills to put your ideas into practice. You get to work in a small, personalised group setting with real-life industry briefs and work experience opportunities. What really makes our course so special is our wonderful Fashion & Design tutors Sharon and Lou.

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Brighton End of Year Showcase at BYC

Fashion and Design have truly been on a journey this year. Some of our students hadn’t so much as picked up a needle and thread when they first started, and now they’re designing and putting together their very own outfits. Read on and flick through the galleries to see some of the wonderful memories, experiences and projects our students have been involved with this year.

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End of Year Showcase Awards

That’s a wrap! Another truly wonderful year full of passion and creative energy is coming to an end. To celebrate in style, we held our annual End of Year Showcase at Brighton Youth Centre (BYC) on Wednesday 28th June. The showcase is an opportunity for all of our students to get together and share their hard work and achievements with peers, friends and family.

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Get Into Students at Beach

Get Into

What is Get Into? 

Get the support you need to progress into work, apprenticeships or other training. A part-time 4 week programme to develop your employability skills through Creative and Digital Media. Gain a Workskills qualification with the option to add a qualification in your area of interest such as Customer Service, Business Admin, Digital Marketing and more!

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Timelines – Performance showcase by Live Events student Adam

Timelines - Showcase event 1
Timelines - Showcase event 3

On Monday 8th May Events student Adam put on his first ever event. Having spent the first term learning the fundamentals of event production and promotion Adam decided to work towards a nostalgia themed event for his big show and chose the Latest Music Bar as the venue after scouting out the best that Brighton had to offer.

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1 Brighton FM Radio Takeover

Brighton students from our Introduction to Music, Media & Digital group produced and presented their first ever radio show on 1 Brighton FM. The show featured exclusive plays of their own productions made in class, interviews with the students and DJ mixes. On hand was our awesome tutor and regular 1 Brighton FM presenter Joe Newman, AKA J-Felix to show the students the ropes. We’re super proud of the students and think they did an exceptional job! Producing a radio show to the local community isn’t the easiest of tasks!

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Bexhill Hive: Our New Home

As you may have seen or heard, we have now officially moved into Bexhill Hive in the town centre. Our Bexhill DV8 students can now make the most of brand new, purpose built classrooms, student support, green screen room, computer rooms and the main common room. It looks great…. if we do say so ourselves!

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