Issue date: 07 January 2010
Laure Fernandez, an ERASMUS student from the University of the West of England, has been making waves in the world of cinematography for her short film 'Conversation'.
Laure came to UWE from L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Strasbourg to study for the Screen Narratives module on the UWE Media Practice programme during the summer of 2009.
During this time Laure learnt about film making techniques and used this knowledge to make her award winning film entitled 'Conversation'- a series of images taken from her daily Skype conversations with her sister in Marseille, set against a piano score.
Laure explains, “The conversation by Skype is halfway between a face-to-face conversation and a phone call, however, the relationship between the two people becomes somehow circuitous, indirect. The main problem was how to create something sensitive from a videoconference.”
'Conversation' won joint first prize for the NAHEMI/Kodak Prize for Creative Film Making at the Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol in November
and has gone on to be selected for the London Short Film Festival in April
. It was also chosen for the Watershed's Electric December online calendar
Media Practice tutor, Alistair Oldham, said, “Conversation is a two minute film about a Skype phone conversation. It's astounding how much Laure has managed to achieve on such a low budget. Her film combines the essence of a silent movie with emphasis on beautiful photography, which is made possible through the modern digital technology of Skype. The film is like a portrait of a Skype conversation.”
Gill Sandford, Associate Dean at the School of Creative Arts, said, "For the cost of a skype phone conversation Laure created a film that was imaginative and intriguing. UWE Media Practice students often win awards for their work and have their films screened at national and international festivals such as Encounters. This is testament to their talent and hard work, as well as the support and experience of Media staff."
NAHEMI/KODAK Prize for Creative Film-making was jointly awarded to the touching and funny portrayal of a little girl being ignored on her birthday, Cherry on the Cake directed/animated by Hyebin Lee from the National Film and Television School, and to Conversation, directed by Laure Fernandez from the University of the West of England. Laure's wittily uses a Skype conversation with her sister as the basis of her film.