10th October 2005




A graduate from the University of Lincoln is celebrating after coming first in two categories at the prestigious Royal Television Society Student Awards for the Midlands region.


Neil Baker, who graduated in September with a first-class honours degree in Media Production, was presented with the awards at a star-studded ceremony in Birmingham on Saturday, hosted by comedian Brian Conley.


He won the Animation category for his production called ‘Screen Culture’ which explores the domination of screen visuals in our society.


He was also chosen as the overall winner from the three categories of Animation, Factual and Non-Factual.


Neil explained where the inspiration for ‘Screen Culture’ came from: “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. It’s based on the old wives’ tale that watching too much TV makes your eyes go square.


“The awards were quite out of the blue and very welcome. It feels good to be recognised for my work and my effort by such reputable organisation. I got a very positive response from the judges and in particular the chairman of RTS Midland Centre, Rob Golding, who said he was very impressed and told me to keep up the good work.”


Neil now goes through to the assessment stages for the National RTS Student Television Awards to be presented at a ceremony in spring 2006. 


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