News in from 2016 graduates Rob Gifford and Seb Nowell.
“We have just completed a film for the jeweller Glenn Spiro. This project came about from a referral from a previous commercial video project that we both co-directed for a luxury brand called HRH Haute Couture. From there we were referred onto Glenn where we developed a concept for the video and pitched it to Glenn with a treatment after researching similar brands and referencing videos that Glenn mentioned in the original meeting. We completed two shoots and had eight people on set for each and then the final video including the animations was edited by Rob.”
“The success of this video was very much down to the level of preparation Rob and I put into the pre-production, ensuring that we had the appropriate budget, the correct equipment, studio with enough power, insurance, travel plans, a shot-list, lunch, timings and schedule for the shooting days. This level of planning was essential due to everything being shot close focus on a Leica rehoused macro lens with further diopters and even a doubler at times, as a result of this every single movement replicates a miniature earthquake. Also when you this macro and want to achieve a stop large enough to get the watch in focus’s and not distorted you need a serious amount of light. We had at least 2x 5ks with a 4k Octadome and Dedo lights burning at all times, to allow this so we had to have a studio with sufficient power. We had an incredible crew on board with us throughout the shoot. In total we had 10 members of crew over the two days. They went above and beyond their roles to problem solve and help capture the video, especially our Gaffer Tom Nowell and our 1st AC Matt Choules who helped problem solve the opening without incorporating hands or shake on what is essentially an object the size of a 1 pence piece. We couldn’t go without thanking our incredible DoP Joan Bordera we had on our first day who helped create and frame all our essential shots. A big thanks also to our great lighting team Rory Harborne and Rob Shears and our runners, Ellie Ramsden (current 3rd year student), Elliot Gunn (2016 graduate) and Rene.”
Above: The first day of Freshers week is the beginning of our new academic year and we always mark it by welcoming back recent graduates and current year two and three students to share their knowledge and experience with our new students.
News in from 2016 graduate Emma Boyns.
“I’ve been BBC Good Food’s House Photographer for about six weeks now, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the day-to-day tasks that await me each morning and the challenges that are helping me grow both creatively and professionally. I’ve been shooting both in the test kitchen and the studio, creating images for the magazine, website and the brand’s social media platforms. I’m loving working with such a committed team and such supportive, talented people and it’s both bazaar and amazing to think that I’m contributing to Britain’s biggest-selling food magazine; a brand that I’ve always used and, even six months ago, couldn’t imagine my work being featured in”.
“I’m looking forward to putting my all into the internship over the next few months and creating some work I’m really proud of and contacts that will prove valuable to me in the future”.
Above: These images by Emma featured in the August issue; Croque Monsieur recipe by Emma Freud, food styling by Sophie Godwin, Ice Cubes and Rosé Punch recipes by Miriam Nice.
It has just been a few weeks since our third year students handed in their final work for marking but they are all ready securing themselves exciting jobs and work experience.
We just received this email from 2017 graduate Katy Layton.
“A few weeks ago, I went for an interview for the position (over 150 people applied for the role) of editorial and digital assistant at Homes & Antiques magazine. As a result, I was offered the position and I have just completed my first full week in my new job. I am loving every moment of working with the magazine and alongside the fantastic team. I am constantly learning something new and I am looking forward to seeing where this opportunity can take me in the future. I have taken the first step into my dream career and it all started from completing a work experience with the magazine as part of the professional practice module in my second year!”
We would also like to congratulate Holly Davis on securing a post-production role within the Superdry team in Cheltenham, Shannon Dudley on securing a production role within a company in Oxford, Carly Tyrell who is currently on a European Tour with US band Linkin Park and Reece Pickering who assisted the photographer Gavin Bond photographing Liam Gallagher last week.
We will keep you informed of all the 2017 graduates success over the coming weeks.
Each year first and second year students studying in universities across England are questioned as to how satisfied they are with the course they are studying on. These are known as the ACE results and are released at this time each year. We are proud, pleased and excited to announce that this year we have received a score of 100% satisfaction from our students.
A big thank you to all of the students who responded to the survey and to the lecturers who help to make the course what it is!
Above: Images created by first year Alex Bassford of fellow students on our recent trip to Vancouver.
These are just a selection of some of the fantastic images that were created across Vancouver by teams of our students collaborating with students from Van Arts, Vancouver to a live brief set by the Canadian credit union Van City. Teams were created and each was sent to a different Van City branch to meet with the branch manager and learn about the diverse local communities and projects each different branch services and supports. Each team then set off to document those communities in just one day, whilst ensuring that they received permission and model releases for everyone they photographed. The work created will appear in Van City branches and on their social media channels.