The 2015 Bill Vinten GTC University Awards were hosted by the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham on October 15.
Bournemouth University collected the Bill Vinten GTC University Trophy, scoring more points for their portfolio of undergraduate films than the fourteen other establishments that entered this year’s competition. The Trophy was presented to Mark Bond, the Programme Leader at Bournemouth University, by Stuart McKears who devised the Awards.
Angus Mitchell (Bournemouth University) received first prize for his work, Brackish Water, available to view on the GTC website.
Angus commented, “I had a brilliant time, and was overjoyed at receiving this prestigious trophy and award package. I cannot wait for the exciting opportunities that my work experience will bring me, along with being a member of the GTC.” Angus will be working with Martin Hawkins who received the GTC’s TiCA earlier this year.
Runner up James Matthews (Northern Film School) will be travelling and shooting adventure footage in Vietnam and Australia over the next few months before he begins his work experience. Lawrence Fish (University of Portsmouth) will take his work experience at the end of October with the ‘Doctors’ production team in Birmingham.
The event was streamed live by GTC member Jay Rozanski from oXyFire Media Creative, with help from members Jenny Alsina, Steve Acton and James French. Sponsors, Media Dog Camera Hire, provided an extra camera which was operated by student member, Kate Priestman, who is specializing in camera skills at UCA.
The evening was a great opportunity for GTC members to meet colleagues, university staff and students and to listen to Billy Williams BSC OBE. Billy entertained the audience with anecdotes from his career with directors such as Ken Russell, John Schlesinger and Richard Attenborough. It was with the latter director that Billy won an Oscar for best cinematography on Gandhi.
The Guild of Television Cameramen (GTC) is an independent, international organisation that cares about TV camerawork; its members are professional cameramen and camerawomen who operate in all areas of broadcasting. You can find out more by visiting the GTC website.