If you are a Media Magazine subscriber (and if you're not, you should be!), you'l have seen in the latest edition (MM45) a double page feature on the Media Magazine video awards which took place in July. All the videos are now online via the subscriber site, but I am featuring the winners here as an act of inspiration!
Here's what the judges said about them:
Film Openings category: Pretty Popular, from Zenia Khajotia, Emily Grant, Olivia Downes, and Ariana Tipper, Latymer School. A light-touch 21st-century Clueless, featuring two girls with opposing life-styles preparing for school – great use of cool interactive title graphics, split-screen editing, character set-ups, and a highly ‘sellable’ concept. This could go far!
BFI Gothic Horror award: The Closet, from Kaya Sumbland and Rahel Fusil, Convent of Jesus and Mary College. A ghost story daringly shot in full daylight, which literally made us jump into the cupboard with its combination of whip-pan edits, subtle effects, and mounting atmosphere.
Shorts and trailers category: Capture, from Ollie Bradley-Baker, Harry McSwain, Ed Saunders, Jorge Challinor and Sam Gallacher, Calday Grange Grammar School. Less is more: simple, surreal and atmospheric, using camerawork and colour saturation to exploit rain and autumnal landscape for a dreamlike vision.
Music video category: Do My Thing, from Natasha Kashi Jalonen, Latymer School. Superbly confident choreography, sassy performance, split-screen edits and great camerawork made this the winner by a hair’s breadth.
and here they are:
The standard of entries was very high and over 20 videos were selected for the screening. Next year, we'd like to see a whole load more entries, so there is an added incentive to do well for your coursework.
Also featured in MM45 is an article by Luke Robson, one of the first group of participants in the inaugural BFI Film Academy residential held at the National film and Television school in April. Luke tells the story of the whole process and ends by encouraging anyone passionate about film-making to apply, for what he describes as 'the best two weeks of my life'. I was there as one of the organisers and it was a pretty special experience. I am very pleased to be able to tell you though, that the experience is going to be repeated!
The BFI has just announced its network of 32 film academies all over the UK, to which you can apply, as well as five specialist residentials and the craft residential to take place next April at the NFTS.
If you want to have the chance to participate in a local network (the best starting point, as around 50 of the national participants will come from a local group) scroll down for a list of where they are with links to more information about them.
If you'd like to go for one of the specialist residentials (as well!) , the link is below
And here is the link to the national residential that Luke describes:
These are great opportunities and they only charge a nominal fee- and if you can't afford that, there are bursaries to help you out!
Regional academies: UK network programme
ALSO: Coming soon.... the Media Magazine student conference in December- places available for school/college trips and a great line-up of speakers, several relating to film! Info here
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