Wow, what amazing talent. And what a privilege to be invited to present an award at the this event. The 2018 Royal Television Society Devon and Cornwall Student Awards was held at Plymouth University and recognised the best audio-visual work created by young people in full time education. The level of skill and hard work in each entry couldn’t fail to impress. The work was testament to the talent emerging from South West universities and colleges.
Film Director Nigel Cole at RTS Student awards 2018

Nigel Cole at RTS Student awards 2018

South West video and film makers of the future

Plymouth born  film Director Nigel Cole, hosted the event. His message to the room was  “If you’ve got a good story to tell then you’ll make a good film”. With credits that include Made in Dagenham and Calendar Girls , it was great advice from a talented director. The judges came from within the thriving television industry in the South West . And with the standard of video and film on show, they must have had a hard job deciding the winners. Categories included awards for animation, drama, factual, comedy and entertainment with three finalists for each category. Soundview’s Managing Director, Gareth Allen presented the award for craft editing. The quality and standard of the work was excellent, especially this year’s winner. Falmouth University’s film Miss Malarkey’s Lost her Man was a strangely surreal yet funny comedy short which really hit the mark.


Craft editor winner of the RTS student awards 2018

Editor of Miss Malarkey’s Lost her Man

Digital media production

Of course, this is an amazing time for people starting their careers in digital media production because the access to technology and the available platforms to showcase work has never been better. If you want to make videos, for example, the technology is readily available. There are lots of makers of video hardware and software and as well as having more choice, the options are cheaper. Where once television provided the only platform  there a numerous ways to to share your work. With sites such as YouTube and Vimeo the opportunities to reach audiences are growing. So it was great to see so much ability celebrated at this prestigious event. Congratulations to all the winners on the night, you all have some fabulous talent,  go out, use it and enjoy every moment of your career in video and media production. You’ll have a ball. You can see the trailer for Miss Malarkey’s Lost her Man here:
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