Issue date: 27 March 2008
Geoffrey Taylor and Tom Reynolds, Media Practice graduates from the University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol), have won two major awards in the regional heat of the Royal Television Society's (RTS) student awards recently held in Bristol.
The film makers, who are graduates of UWE's Media Practice award, picked up the awards for Best Drama for Geoffrey's film Isabella and Best Animation for Tom's film Asperity. They will now go on to compete in the Society's national student film awards in London. The shortlist for the national finalists will be announced on 16 May 2008.
Geoffrey Taylor, who achieved a First Class Honours Degree from UWE, says, “I am delighted that 'Isabella' has won this award - it is a credit to all those who worked on the project with me. My time at UWE gave me the opportunity to nourish my creative skills. In my final year I decided to make a dance film for my main piece, using musicians and dancers. Isabella is a film that is heavily influenced by movement and music. I chose to focus on movement rather than dialogue - in the film Isabella dances with a body in a morgue.”
(View details of other awards won by Geoffrey Taylor
Speaking about the Award for Best animation, Tom Reynolds said, “It's a great honour (and relief) for your films to be appreciated by anybody. By having it recognised by the panel of the Royal Television Society is a huge cherry on top. It's a great achievement for us all. I'm also pleased that abstract films, like the one selected, still have a place alongside narrative driven pieces.”
Dominic Grant, Award Leader for Media Practice at UWE, says, “This is the latest chapter in a long line of successes for Media Practice students. Isabella has won 5 prestigious awards to date and other media practice students have enjoyed great success on the festival and competition circuit over the past 5 years. I was particularly pleased that the RTS jury chose to comment on the high degree of 'creativity, originality and technical proficiency' that characterise these award winning works, as they represent the qualities and skills that are central to the Media Practice ethos.”