Hey, I’m Lucien! I divide my time between Dublin and Sligo. I recently completed a BA Communication Studies from Dublin City University and I’m the incoming Vice President of DCU Students’ Union, after being elected with 1,744 votes.
I’m an experienced digital content creator with almost a decade’s experience in podcasting and online film writing, as well as a skilled photographer and graphic designer.
You can follow me on Twitter @revolucienary
In March 2020 I was elected to DCU Students’ Union as Vice President for Academic Affairs. I campaigned for several weeks, seeking votes from across DCU’s three campuses and student body of almost 20,000.
I was elected with 1,744 votes and my campaign attracted significant attention thanks to clever social media advertising, as well as a strong ground presence in the university. I’m hoping to achieve as much as possible in the coming year and improve life for my fellow students, even under the difficult circumstances that will be the aftermath of COVID-19.
🖱️ In 2012, I created the film/TV blog BuzzHub. It has received over 600,000 visits since then, and in 2015 came third place at the Irish Blog Awards (Best Arts/Culture Blog).
BuzzHub gave me an opportunity to develop an interest in both pop culture journalism and criticism, and I posted a variety of reports and reviews daily on the site for five years, developing my skills during my free time after school.
In 2013, an exclusive report I published on comments made by actor Zachary Quinto at the Galway Film Festival drew international attention to the site, which was credited by sites like IGN and ComingSoon.net for the scoop.
Rebranded as Luwd Media in 2017, it won Best Arts/Culture Blog at that year’s Irish Blog Awards. It was longlisted again in 2018, and also received two Hybrid Student Media Awards in April 2019.
In late 2017, I was invited to teach a class on blogging in Dublin Business School, which was warmly received by the students.
In 2014, I was editor of the Large Association of Movie Blogs’ annual feature LAMB Devours The Oscars, a month-long series of articles from respected film blogs around the world. I was editor-in-chief of Galway’s GTI Gazette for the 2016/2017 college year, and hosted three daily shows on GTI Radio in March 2017. I have contributed to The College View newspaper, Hypable and the Galway Independent.
I’ve been making podcasts since the age of 11, including producing 250 episodes of ‘The JL Show’ when I was in school.
After finishing school, I produced and co-hosted Aubergine Surprise, a weekly morning show on Galway’s FlirtFM, in 2016/17. FlirtFM is broadcast across FM airwaves in Galway and the show’s listeners included commuters and parents, as well as students.
Aubergine Surprise, co-hosted by my friend Killian Byrne, was a fast-paced entertainment show featuring a mix of great music (ranging from Joni Mitchell to Orville The Duck) and insightful discussion. Lucien and Killian welcomed guests in studio including Galway band The Vibe, who debuted their single “All The While” live on the show.
More recently I’ve hosted the film podcast Where’s The Damn Sequel?!, with each episode discussing a Hollywood movie that tried and failed to kick off a franchise. I invite a different guest on every week which keeps things fresh and interesting for listeners.
From 2018 to 2020 I spent two years as Podcast Editor for The College View newspaper, producing three podcasts — News. Arts, Sports — every fortnight with student journalists discussing their recent stories in a roundtable format. The news podcast was nominated for a Hybrid Student Media Award in 2019.
From 2015 to 2017, I co-hosted The 99% Podcast with my friend Michael McAndrew. The 99% has featured interviews with a variety of notable figures, including renowned DJ Sven Hansen-Løve, anti-monarchy activist Graham Smith, Willy Wonka actor Rusty Goffe and animator Shane Barbera.
Other podcasts I have produced include Reverse Economics, Front Seat Cinema, Ostracise This and Most Unparliamentary Language (co-produced with Gemma Robotham).
My photography and design work has been featured in exhibitions and major promotional campaigns.
In 2019, I was head graphic designer for the Where Will The Art Go? campaign, a collaboration between She Networks PR and BodyTonic, and created a series of designs to promote music events around Dublin. My work was praised and shared by artists including Uppbeat.
My photographs have been sold at exhibitions by DCU FotoSoc, and a photo of mine is currently featured on FotoSoc’s website. I’m experienced with both digital and 35mm photography.
Conveniently, there’s a whole page on this site dedicated to my design and photography portfolio. Check it out here.
👻 I come from a family filmmaking background and have a long history of involvement with film production. I co-directed the short film Beware The Horror Ghost, which screened at the 2014 Fresh Film Festival in Limerick. I’ve worked on professional productions including the RTÉ series National Treasures: A Peoples’ Archive. Learn more on my IMDb page.
In late 2017 I set about relaunching the DCU Film Society in my university. I was the first Chairperson — and later PR Officer — of the new society, which screens films every week on campus. FilmSoc has previously been awarded Society of the Week and recruits close to 200 paying members each year.
I won the Make Your Own Way video competition in 2015, promoting use of public transport. I have been a web consultant/blog manager for the Galway West branch of the Social Democrats political party. Other work includes market research for a large Dublin retailer and helping to run social media campaigns for a flagship retail outlet.