Media and Film Studies: Bede’s Oscar Night 2014
Bede's Oscar Night 2014 was all about variety, with the breadth of material produced by this year's Film and Media students being truly exceptional.
The audience were treated to film trailers, Kinetic Text ad work, television ads for an array of brands and services, sombre investigative documentaries, artfully shot experimental short films and a promotional film for the Maltese tourist board.
The students really pushed very hard on the small elements that tend to make a film really work, with costume, make-up, lighting and location all being addressed beautifully.
In terms of the winners, Henry Nathan won the coveted best Music Video award for his beautifully shot and cut portrait of teenage angst. Henry will take a place at Ravensbourne to study Digital Video.
Cassandra Qiu's devastating study of a man critically dependent on his disability no doubt broke a few hearts. Cass will take her place at Warwick in September to study Film Theory.
Charlie Marshall's delicately constructed portrait of a recovering drug addict showed us how powerful a camera can be when it is turned towards a world we might otherwise choose to ignore, and Hannah Tutt walked off with her second Oscar in two years for her lavish and meticulous Chanel print campaign.
Nelson Niehler and Leoni Moninska-Rozema produced very sophisticated web advertising projects that really pushed the boundaries, both in artistic and technical terms. Pani Kalomenopolous and Dom Wood created the best horror trailer of the year, scaring us witless with their tale of possession and nasty goings on down in the cellar.
The GCSE course is now in its third year and the students produced some very effective television ads as well as some outstanding print work.
Jess Houston made a very convincing luxury perfume ad and Brooke Mason and Hannah Roberts made a terrific Nivea ad while Alex Mirzoeff-Campbell made a brilliant ad promoting his own street-wear brand.
Thank as always to all the students who helped out with another's projects, to the Drama department for the loan of the theatre space and to Thomas Hands for his brilliant sound and lighting work behind the scenes.
See you next year!