[Laura Slingo | News Editor]
University of Hertfordshire students won The Craft Excellence Award at the annual Student Television Awards held at ITV Studios on Tuesday 9th February. The winners – Jack Thornton, Thomas Metcalf, Amin El-Bekry, and Sam Rayner – were presented with an award for best sound for their entry 322. The film, a science fiction thriller that tells the futuristic story of two captive workers who make a dangerous bid for freedom, was also selected for screening at the prestigious Sci-Fi-London Film Festival earlier this year. Organised by The Royal Television Society London Centre, this accolade acknowledges the best in student talent across the region. This year it was hosted by TV news and sports correspondent, Ore Oduba. This recognition marks the second year the University’s Film and TV students have taken home this much-coveted award, having won the prize for Best Drama in 2015, and the third year they have been nominated. Lyndsay Duthie, Programme Leader from the University’s School of Creative Arts said:
“To be a contender for an award for the third year in a row is a testament to the students’ commitment and the staff team’s dedication to deliver high-quality industry standard films and programmes. We are incredibly proud of these films and all of our students.” Tom Metcalf, one of the award winners and the producer of 322 added:
“We are so honoured to have received the RTS Student Television Award for Best Sound Design. The production of 322 has definitely been the most challenging filming experience I have undertaken and I am so proud of the finished product. We raised £2,500 through our Kickstarter, therefore, a lot of the thanks goes to everyone who funded and backed 322 from the beginning.” The winning team also included: Karen Stone, Eirik Matias Bøe, Silje Dragsten Theodorsen and Michael Papadakis. Liyana van der Sijp, Sarah Drage, Ulrik Lyng and Morgan Cooke also from UH were shortlisted in the Comedy and Entertainment category for their entry “That’s Not Me”. In all, another successful year at the Student Television Awards for UH.