Film and Media: Bede's Oscars Celebrate Student Talent
Oscar Night 2016 undoubtedly saw some of the best films ever made by Media and Film students at Bede’s.
The audience were treated to a brilliant array of short dramas, music videos, hard-hitting investigative documentaries, comic mockumentary and philosophical musings on the transient nature of time.
Special mention must go to Ivan Friedman, Will Morgan and Harry Wilson. Graham’s Interlude, their beautiful and provocative film about mental illness has already won at the Eastbourne Film Festival and the quality of cinematography, combined with the intriguing and elusive narrative proved a real highlight.
Alex Mirzhoeff-Campbell’s beautifully conceived and executed whisky ad was also of the highest quality and the attention to detail and commitment to excellence in every frame really shone through. Harvey Cole and Joe Robson submitted a challenging and unconventional short film about radical Islam in the UK. Their film was pitch perfect, with a sharp script expertly realised by Harvey Cole in the key role of a bewildered and furious middle-class Muslim.
This year, many students have chosen to explore effects software, looking to create eye-catching animations. Rebecca Horne produced a complex and visually rich title sequence for a TV drama, making excellent use of light, layers and complex compositing techniques. A real labour of love that involved learning professional level After Effects software.
Carlos Sellmeyer, Amir Mograhbi and Moritz Brommekamp won the best editing Oscar for their shocking film about abduction and mental illness, highlighted again by a superb performance from Harvey Cole and as well as brilliant use of our studio lights and Go-Pro camera. The best music video award went to Alina Wiltshire, Hector Hadow, Genevieve Carr and Phoebe Picken for their subtle and delicately constructed James Blake video.
Jessica Houston’s lyrical documentary on time was also a big winner.
Jess spent weeks immersed in a huge range of books about the topic and her film reflects the level of research that she undertook. A gentle, poetic work with a universal appeal, shot and edited with great care.
Olga Shayshatka also deservedly scooped an award for her film about the recent conflict in the Ukraine. Focusing on the plight of displaced people, rather than the conflict itself, she painted a haunting and poignant portrait of everyday folk whose lives have been catastrophically affected by war. The courage and sensitivity of Olga’s very personal film really stood out and I hope it inspires future film students to explore the investigative documentary genre.
Some marvellous films, made by some very talented and determined students. Bring on 2017!