UWE student wins Vividas and Pinewood prize

Issue date: 27 July 2007

pinewood prize A Media Practice student from the University of the West of England has won a major prize from Vividas and Pinewood Studios for his film 'Isabella' - a dance film. The film was picked out by a panel of prestigious film experts as demonstrating the best film production talent of tomorrow today.

Geoffrey Taylor wins the streaming of his film at the Vividas.com site, a post production session at Pinewood Studios, his film shown on Propeller TV and tickets to a Paramount film premier.

Geoff explains what the win means to him, “I'm absolutely overwhelmed to win this award. I make films with the viewer in mind - I want people to enjoy and watch my films. Having the winning entry, 'Isabella' on line is great as I'm sure the internet makes new film so accessible to a wider audience.
"My film features Isabella, who is a long way from home, lonely and isolated away from her family; she dreams of a way out by bringing hope and life into a place that is surrounded by death.

“Recurring themes in my works are about isolation and escape within the lives of very ordinary characters. In my work I try to create fantastical moments and twists within simple stories, whether it's creating hyper-real worlds or just small magical moments within real life.

“I enjoy collaboration between the arts, using dancers, performers and musicians within my films. These enjoyable, organic experiences have yielded some of my most interesting and engaging works. I am currently exploring the relationships between dance and film. I hope to collaborate with more musicians and creative practitioners to continue developing my ideas.”
Geoff's winning film can be viewed at

Dominic Grant, Programme Leader in Media Practice at Bristol School of Art, Media and Design, said, “This is a really important win for the department as both companies have an international profile which is hugely significant for the course as it highlights the work that we do. Geoff is a very driven and motivated student with a real spark of creativity. He is a fantastic student to work with and his enthusiasm rubs off on other students. He had never made a Dance film before his winning entry for this competition so this is indicative of his drive energy and talent.”


Editors' notes:

The winning entries were selected by an esteemed panel of judges including Bruce Everett, Group Director of Post Production - Pinewood Studios, Heath Tyldesley, Director New Media Marketing - Paramount Pictures International, Julia Caithness, Shorts Executive - UK Film Council, Mark Lawson presenter and journalist - Radio 4's Front Row, Andrew Wilding, European MD – Vividas, Matthew Hemley, New Media journalist - Broadcast magazine and Nick Powell, Director - National Film and TV School.


Vividas delivers full-screen, broadcast-quality video streamed over the Internet and within corporate networks. Content is given the greatest possible reach as platform agnostic technology means the end user does not need to install a media player to play the clip. Vividas encoded content is able to stream through corporate firewalls and requires 20-30% less bandwidth than competing video player formats meaning Vividas video can be viewed over any connection. This creates optimal reach, delivery and cost efficiency, while maximising the viewing experience so audiences are engaged in content for longer.

The Pinewood Studios Group
The home of world class film, television and commercial production and post production facilities.
The Studios provide facilities for major national and international film production, filmed television, studio television recording, the filming of commercials and post production sound services.
Pinewood, Shepperton and Teddington Studios are all part of the Pinewood Studios Group and are within easy reach of central London.

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