Film & Media Students Shortlisted for Ffresh Festival Awards
Following yet another excellent year for its Media Production students, the Department of Film and Media was delighted to hear that the breadth of student achievement has been recognised by the industry judges for Ffresh, the Moving Image Festival of Wales.
Analysing the finalists announced for the festival on 11-12 February 2010, the department ranks equal third in Wales for the breadth of achievement, as explained by Trevor Harris, Course Leader for Media Production, “With finalists in 4 categories – Factual, Motion Graphics, Music Media and Interactive Media and Games – our students work stands up against that from much larger universities with more specialist degrees.”
“As diverse, non-specialist courses, our BA and MA Media Production degrees continue to produce outstanding results. For the fifth year running the department has a finalist in the Interactive Media and Games category, whilst MA Media Production work goes from strength to strength, with finalists in three categories.”
Eleanor Flaherty’s documentary film “The Horse: his industry, our industry”
Eleanor Flaherty successfully launched her documentary “The Horse: his industry, our industry” in December 2009 to an appreciative audience at Penpont near Brecon, where it was announced that the film would be used as an educational resource in schools, libraries and equine organisations across Wales.
Telling the compelling story of the horse as it laboured underground in the coalfields and powered agriculture above ground, the narrative includes archival and contemporary voices of many whose industry was intertwined with and dependent upon the hard working toil of the working horse. The film, produced for Eleanor’s Dissertation by Practice on her MA Media Production, is a finalist in the Factual category.
The two industry judges noted, “This was fantastically shot, well structured and revealed real visual flair. The interviewees were brilliant and shed fascinating light on the subject. It was an unknown and unappreciated snapshot into the horse and its place in all aspects of Welsh life and culture. The music was perfect and the storytelling top notch. It was a perfect way to explore a wider history through a single prism (i.e. the horse) and was summed up by one of the contributors – “part of the family. A Way of life”. I could see this being broadcast on television tomorrow: it thoroughly deserved to be a finalist.”
The film can be viewed here: http://www.eleanorflaherty.co.uk/films.html
Motion Graphics and Music Media finalists
Cathrin Howells and Richard Jackson’s “You’re the one” music video
Richard Jackson and Cathrin Howells, both studying the MA Media Production having successfully completed their BA Media Production at Lampeter, are finalists in both the Motion Graphics and Music Media categories with their Mikal Music Video production. This pioneering work blends innovative animation and light writing techniques set to Mikal’s “You’re the one” soundtrack.
The judge for the Motion Graphics category commented, “techniques were combined well to create an entertaining video” whilst the judge for the Music Media category noted “It’s hard not to appreciate a solid piece of laborious stop motion especially with the addition of light drawings. We enjoyed the sheer amount of time-consuming animation in this and its handmade quality”.
Nominations for the finals in two categories follow the success of the video at the Brighton Student Film Festival Awards in November 2009 where it was awarded a Best Animation Film certificate.
Interactive Media and Games finalist
Kirsty Davies’s toy filled website aimed at young children
The Interactive Media and Games category has a Lampeter finalist for the fifth year running. Second year student Kirsty Davies used her Digital Photography module to create an interactive website aimed at young children, with toys to interact with, objects to explore, artwork to view and games to investigate.
The judge was impressed by, “Good level of interaction, providing games/ activities beyond the simple QuickTime content through hot spots. Good thought out ‘set’, although much tidier than my kids bedrooms!”
We are extremely proud of our students work and are delighted to see their qualities being recognised by the industry judges in competitions in Wales. Our students continue to produce outstanding work across the curriculum, with a commitment to innovation, story telling and entertainment whilst bridging theory and practice for contemporary audiences. We wish them well at the Ffresh festival on 11 and 12 February 2010 in Abersytwyth.
Festival website: www.ffresh.com
For more info about Media Production contact: Trevor Harris, Department of Film and Media, University of Wales, Lampeter, College Street, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 7ED. Tel: 01570 424781