13th October 2004
MEDIA GRADUATES GRAB TOP STUDENT AWARD
Five Media Production graduates who spent three days travelling in the back of a van to collect documentary footage have won the Royal Television Society’s Regional Student Award for their completed production.
The students, who produced a documentary film titled ‘Electric Dreams’ about the Sinclair C5 electric car during their third year of study, received their award at the Central Region RTS annual awards dinner at the Birmingham International Convention Centre at the weekend.
The team had to endure a gruelling three-day shoot at areas around the country and interviewed a host of stars for the documentary, including designer Clive Sinclair and one-time Tomorrow’s World presenter Judith Hann, who first introduced the C5 to the television audience.
The award was presented by Newsround presenter John Craven in front of an audience of media professionals including directors, writers and broadcasters from a host of regional television channels and production companies.
‘Electric Dreams’ won the factual documentary category and was later awarded the overall Student Award for the region, fighting off competition from Nottingham Trent University who were nominated twice in the same category.
The documentary’s writer and director, Nicholas Cohen (22), was very pleased with the group’s collective efforts.
“The media tutorials and industry-experienced academics on my course were very useful, as was the quality equipment that we were trained to use for our degree,” he said.
Christine Bellamy, senior lecturer in Media Production at the university, added: “The documentary was very well produced and was very demanding of the students. They have excelled in the filed of Media Production and produced a creative documentary of a very high calibre.”
Dreams’ will now go to the national RTS finals in
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