The Year in Review
BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production
Words by Liam Wells, Course Leader
Creative storytelling is brought into sharp focus in this collection of original and thought-provoking work by our 2020/21 cohort of BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production graduates.
Throughout this showcase you will see the impact of the skills and knowledge our graduates have developed in their practice through a mixture of fiction, documentary, music video and fashion film. You can also review showreels by specific craft specialists (for example sound, camera and art department) and look into the planning and development of the work by viewing scripts, previsualisation and other documentation.
Each film and showreel viewable here is the fruit of collaborative endeavour. No single film has single authorship, each role in the process undertaken by our graduates has been integral in bringing these stories (both real and imagined), to the screen.
Within this showcase you will be able to explore work in a range of film crafts and specialisms- including (but not limited to) producers, writers, directors, cinematographers, editors, sound recordists/ designers and production designers.
Whilst viewing the collective work of our class of 2020/21, consider not only the learned craft and skills, and the desire to tell engaging and meaningful stories, but that this work has been developed, shot and post-produced during two national lockdowns, amid the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Our graduates have excelled not only in their specialisms and creative crafts but in negotiating the impact of these unique and challenging times.
The drive, ambition, resilience, and adaptability of the whole year group have been truly inspirational. Not only did our graduates learn and develop their craft through the production of this work, they did so under exceptionally rigorous Covid Secure Production process, ensuring that all cast, crew and contributors were safe on location and in the studio.
Perhaps the lasting impact of these exceptional circumstances on the work of this cohort, is not a negative one, but that it has refocused the storytelling on intimate events and authentic characters which have an intense connection to the human desire to find meaning in relationships, histories and everyday events.
I’d like to leave you with some personal suggestions as a gateway to the whole showcase, to highlight the depth and range of styles and approaches to storytelling on offer.
Explore authentic social realism in the 1990’s period drama Fields of Anfield Road (dir. Ben Sempey) and coming of age teen drama Two’s Company (dir. Cameron Watt). Powerful family drama Jollof (dir. Stephanie Ndaguba), reveals an important moment of connection between mother and daughter.
Chloe Orbell’s music video for TRASH: Cult Film uses physical performance and practical visual effects in homage to late 1980s MTV.
Our Documentary students rose to the challenges of production during the pandemic using a range of digital forms (VFX, desktop storytelling and game engine visualisation) in films by Ruby Hubbard, Thaswina Ramsaha and Luke Syder.
Finally despite the ups and downs of this most exceptional year our graduating cohort of 2020/21 never lost it’s sense of humour, as can be evidenced in films such as dating mockumentary Bigfoot (dir. Amarlia Thompson) and relationship comedy Uncivil (dir. Joe Manning).