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BA (Hons) Film and Television students recognised for innovative video content in national NewTek award

Man in cowboy-style hat holds a gun to the head of a man.
Man in cowboy-style hat holds a gun to the head of a man.

Written by
Jake May
Published date
10 June 2019

Students from London College of Communication’s Screen School have been recognised for their work creating engaging and innovative video content with a prestigious national award.

First-year students from BA (Hons) Film and Television course won Best Video in the Entertainment at category NewTek UK’s Education Awards 2019.

The awards – run by US-based company NewTek, who make innovative multi-camera live production systems – celebrate UK colleges and universities producing amazing and innovative videos for multiple uses with their NewTek systems.

‘Shotgun Sally’, an imaginative and tongue-in-cheek comedy that pastiches the expected tropes of a classic Western, was the award-winning video. It was written and produced by Owen Couling and Marc Casademont Cases, and directed by Dylan 'Spike' Verity-Winn, who headed a team to launch this year's run of broadcast shows.

Ian Fleming, Lecturer and Year Two Lead on BA (Hons) Film and Television at London College of Communication, said: “We're very proud of our students' achievements across the whole unit and term, and were really pleased to see their work recognised and rewarded by NewTek.

“Working with a bare minimum of available props, the students have to really up the ante of their imaginations and teamwork is essential to the creation of these shows.

“Winning a national award is a great boost to the start of their academic careers.”

‘Shotgun Sally’ was one of many productions created by first year students during their TV Studio Practice Unit.

Over 70 first-year students studied multi-cam production then, collaborating in "production company" teams of around 15, they conceive, develop, create and produce 10 live TV shows that are broadcast live on YouTube channels.

The broadcast shoots take place over 10 days – one show per day – at the end of the term. Three professional actors work throughout the shows, replicating the fast-paced turnaround of real-life industry.

Find out more about BA (Hons) Film and Television at London College of Communication.

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