22nd September 2005




An animated short film made by a graduate from the University of Lincoln has been short-listed in the regional finals of the Royal Television Society Student Television Awards.


Neil Baker, who graduated in September with a first-class honours degree in Media Production, will find out if he’s won at a dinner and awards presentation in Birmingham on Saturday 8th October.


His production called ‘Screen Culture’ explores the domination of screen visuals in our society and has already been shown at the Elemental Arts Festival in Scotland and the Portobello Film Festival in London.


Neil, who is originally from Bradford, is now living and working in Lincoln on a freelance basis for Minerva Productions, the professional media consultancy arm of the Faculty of Media and Humanities at the University of Lincoln, and Olive pictures in London.


He is also producing a video as part of a live performing arts piece with fellow graduate Steven Hatton for Arts NK, based in Sleaford.


“The nomination was quite out of the blue and very welcome,” said Neil. “It feels good to be recognised for my work and my effort by such reputable organisation.


“The film is based on an idea I had last year which involved people dressed identically in a unnamed town centre going from one chain store to the next on conveyor belts.


“It then developed into a piece about a screen-obsessed society in which all the citizens are square-eyed zombies using screens as their only form of communication and entertainment.


“My inspiration came from thinking about the advances in 3G mobile phone technology and the old wives’ tale that watching too much TV makes your eyes go square. Thus I created square-eyed and square headed characters to inhabit this society.”


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