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A short documentary by NUA graduate Laura Wadha has been shortlisted for three film festivals. Laura’s film, Flight, follows the story of her two cousins’ journey from Syria to Europe. It will be shown at the Aesthetica in York and Norwich Film Festival in November and the London Short Film Festival in January. Laura, who graduated from BA Film and Moving Image Production in 2017, said: “I have been working on this short documentary for the past four years and the process has been both rewarding and difficult. When I began developing the film, my main goal was to make something that would show a different perspective of Syria. I wanted to generate empathy for my family and a place which has been so widely covered in the media.”
Students looking for a future career in broadcast media will take part in a one-day workshop at NUA run by the BBC Academy and the Royal Television Society East in November.
The “break into broadcasting” bootcamp will focus on broadcast journalism and drama production. The session will help students discover career path options in broadcasting – behind the camera or in on-screen roles – through a series of workshops, talks and practical exercises.
The bootcamp will run at NUA’s Ideas Factory and the Film Studio at Boardman House in the heart of Norwich. About 55 students from NUA and other institutions will take part in the bootcamp on November 22.
Norwich University of the Arts alumnus and Honorary Doctorate Stuart Craig, OBE has won a BAFTA for ‘Best Production Design’ on J.K Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’. Up against industry completion from ‘La La Land’ and ‘Doctor Strange’, Stuart and Set Decorator Anna Pinnock scooped the award at 2017’s BAFTA ceremony. Stuart also previously won BAFTAs for ‘Best Production Design’ for ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ and ‘The Elephant Man’.
Norwich University of the Arts alumnus Peter Middleton (Art & Design, 2002) has scooped three EE British Academy Film Award nominations for his role as co-director on the film ‘Notes on Blindness’. The film, based on the audio diaries of John Hull who lost his sight, is nominated alongside ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ and ‘I, Daniel Blake’ in the ‘Outstanding British Film’ category and nominated in ‘Outstanding Debut’ and the ‘Documentary’ category. Watch the trailer for Notes on Blindness.
BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production 2016 graduates saw their final degree show films screened at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in November 2016. Described by Aesthetica as ‘some of the best and brightest works being produced by emerging filmmakers’, the films were showcased as part of the Special Showcase screenings. Following the showcase, NUA lecturers and alumni led a panel discussion on Film, Storytelling and the Future of Moving Image. View all 2016 graduate films on the Film Degree Show website.
NUA Senior Lecturer Dan Turner’s feature film ‘Learning to Breathe’ has been selected for this year’s Raindance Film Festival in London. Dan wrote and directed the film which explores the breakdown of a couple’s relationship when they return to the Island of Tobago where they first fell in love. The film has its UK premiere in London on 23 September. Watch the ‘Learning to Breathe’ trailer here.
Year 2 students Ella Glendining and Florence Watson have received an award at the BFI Future Film Festival for their submission ‘Power to the Mini Beasts’. The submission took first place in the Best Original Submission category, beating 1400 entries including international and MA level submissions. You can view ‘Power to the Mini Beasts’ here. In 2014 Florence was one of 20 students to be awarded a Television Production Bursary by the RTS to help her with her TV studies. She used some of the money she received from the scheme to buy a camera which she used to make the winning film.
NUA has worked with the industry skills body for the Creative Industries, Creative Skillset, and one of the world’s largest visual effects companies, MPC, as well at HitFilm Software to create a free online course called “Visual Effects for Guerrilla Filmmakers”.
The course started on 8th February 2016 and has already had over 10,000 people enrol. It builds on the success of NUA’s recently established BA (Hons) VFX degree course and is designed with low/no budget and so called ‘Guerrilla’ filmmakers in mind. The course shows how convincing visual effects can be created without big budgets, with a focus on practical tips and detailed software tutorials.
Year Three students have begun pitching their final film ideas to the NUA Producers Panel, which this year includes actress and writer Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace), producer Jen Handorff (Final Prayer, The Devil’s Business) and director Neil Mcenery-West (Containment). Each student will pitch their film idea and receive feedback to guide their development of initial concepts through to final short films by the end of the academic year.
Year Three student Jillian Engelhard Fosten has received £10,000 funding for her documentary series, produced in collaboration with Animation student Eleanor Wright, after winning the Film and Photography category of the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise.
2012 graduate Liam Roberts has been interviewed by Inverted Audio. Liam, who has received music video commissions for leading electronic acts such as These Ghosts, Olympians, Magic Panda, Duke Slammer and Ulfur Hansson, had this to say about his time at NUA: “…it was great; I was very lucky studying on the Film and Moving Image course at NUA. Having tutors like Liam Wells, Phil Archer (of Transept fame) and of course Dan Tombs, they were all a great help and influence to me. Dan’s renowned VJ’ing lecture was what initially got me interested in live moving image.” Read the full interview.
Students manned the cameras to film a guest lecture by Media Molecule studio director Siobhan Reddy at NUA. Part of a programme of lectures by the brightest creative and technical ‘behind the scenes talent’ from the worlds of film, television and games, the event was co-organised by BAFTA and Creative Skillset, who commissioned students to capture footage. The University was selected as one of the “top media universities across the country” to host the event, which aimed to inspire students to develop their creativity alongside their business and technical skills.
Lecturer Suri Krishnamma has been appointed president of the forthcoming Munich International Festival of Film Schools (Munich, November 17 – 23, 2013). As president he has been asked to screen some of his work and will be showing his award winning short film ‘Mohammed’s Daughter’ as well as his first feature film ‘A Man of No Importance’ (starring Albert Finney and Michael Gambon). He has asked the festival if he can also screen a film from NUA and ‘Blue Notes’ by Tim Swaby has been chosen.
Acclaimed web series director Chris Stone gave a lecture via Skype to students who are working on a project to develop a web drama series franchise and produce a pilot episode. Stone, who directed the award winning Victorian vampire genre web series ‘Blood and Bone China‘ spoke about the development of the project and his social media marketing campaign.
Lecturer Suri Krishnama’s film ‘Dark Tourist’ won Total Film’s award for Best Actor for its star Michael Cudlitz at the Frightfest Film Festival in London, where the film screened in August. Read an interview with Suri and his film’s star on fangoria.com.
The trailer for Dark Tourist, directed by NUA lecturer Suri Krishnamma, has hit the number one spot on the most popular movie trailers chart on iTunes. The film about a disturbed and troubled man’s fascination with serial killers, premieres in Los Angeles in August. Watch the trailer to Dark Tourist.
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