Above: Finley Jeffrey-Green, Matt Hill, Brandon Beavis and Ollie Rouse
Not one, but two videos produced by Long Road students have been shortlisted for the annual MediaMag Production competition, with the grand final at the BFI Southbank on 8th July.
Video Number 1, Smokey Joe’s Café, was produced by Media Level 3 Diploma students Finley Jeffrey-Green, Ollie Rouse, Matt Hill and Brandon Beavis and is in the Music Video category. “We based the film on a barber shop quartet narrative,” explains Finley, who directed the video. “It tells the story of a young man who falls for the girlfriend of café-owner Smokey Joe.”
There was ‘a cast of thousands’ including a band plus a few grandparents / assorted other family members, and to make it more unusual, most of the cast wore cardboard boxes on their heads at least some of the time.
Ollie was responsible for the camera work, Matt edited the video, and Brandon was responsible for production / design. “It’s the first full project we’ve ever done,” the team explained, “So this has proved to be a great debut!” Teacher Steve Thorne says: “The group deserve the success for the amount of out of College hours they put into the project.”
View Smokey Joe’s Café
Video Number 2, meanwhile, is by Hannah Gautrey, no stranger to national success (she won the BFI Futures Film Festival documentary award earlier this year). Her animation, Loot, which tells the story of a homeless man and his companion, and what happens when they come across a strange briefcase in an alleyway, has also been shortlisted. Hannah made the video last year while being taught by teacher Dave Harrison. Her current Media Level 3 teachers Barney Oram and Tom Woodcock are equally delighted with her success.
The event in July will include a screening of all the shortlisted films in the National Film Theatre auditorium, introductions and comments from the judges and presentation of trophies to the winners of each category. Jenny Grahame, Editor of MediaMagazine, says: “Many congratulations on being shortlisted – the standard of work this year has been phenomenal, so it’s been a tough call!”
We wish our students luck and will report back on the event.