(United Kingdom--September 24, 2013) The Guild of Television Cameramen has announced the shortlist of recipients for £4,000 worth of individual paid work-experience prizes for the 1st Bill Vinten GTC University Award 2013. These are:
Tomaso Aramini, Northern Film School
Adam Broder, Cambridge School of Art
Ed Gammie, University of York
Oliver Hadlow-Martin, University of York
Jack Harrison, Bournemouth University
Jack Reynolds, Kingston University
24 entrants from eight universities have been received in the first year of the Bill Vinten GTC Award:
Birmingham City University
Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University
Kingston University, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing
Northern Film School, Leeds Metropolitan University
Staffordshire University, Media (Film) Production Course
University of the West of England
University of York, Department of Theatre, Film and Television
The Bill Vinten GTC University Award was created to encourage excellent teaching of camerawork skills within UK educational establishments. The award is the result of collaboration between the GTC and Bill Vinten, OBE, one of the guild's most long-standing supporters and sponsors.
The award will be funded by a charitable trust generously set up by Bill Vinten and will focus on providing funding for work experience for potential new entrants to the industry.
The winning camerawoman or cameraman will receive work experience, paid with expenses, equivalent to £2,500 plus one year of GTC associate membership.
Two runners-up will receive work experience, paid with expenses, equivalent to £750 each, plus one year of GTC associate membership.
The winning faculty, college or university will be awarded the Bill Vinten University Trophy.
Quotes from GTC members who formed the jury:
Dick Hibberd – President GTC
"It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be one of the panel of judges on the Bill Vinten GTC University Awards. The breadth of the productions has been most heartening, and bodes well for the future of the industry. Whilst some entries have still some way to go, there have been others which have been truly excellent. It is most encouraging to see the skills that have been mastered by the graduates and most reassuring to know that the graduate camera operators have such firm visual foundations.”
Alan Duxbury - Lighting Cameraman
“There’s always some chatter, amongst professional cameramen, about the quality of graduates and their perceived lack of knowledge and skills. I had my own preconceptions about students, having given a few lectures, so I was interested to see what had been submitted. We all started somewhere, few of us were born with stellar camera operating abilities, and sure enough there were some novice examples of camerawork. But, out of the 24 entries from the eight universities, there were some brilliant ideas and extremely well executed and skilfully shot films. So there are some excellent lighting cameramen and women coming out of university. The quality of the top films wouldn’t look out of place if broadcast during prime-time with the level of skill and ability worthy of a professional cameraman.”
Anna Carrington – Director of Photography
"I felt honoured to be chosen as one of the judges on the Bill Vinten GTC University awards panel; the standard and quality of some of the films I watched was outstanding. There are some very talented camera graduates out there and I'm glad that the Bill Vinten GTC University award will draw attention to some of that talent."
The Award presentation event is at the London Studios, Upper Ground, SE1 9ET on October 24, 2013, between 18:00 to 21:00. Admission is by invitation only. Please apply for invitations to Katie Steed firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Guild of Television Cameramen
The Guild of Television Cameramen is an independent non-profit-making international organisation that cares about television camerawork and the people who make it their craft. The GTC has over 1,000 members, in the UK, Europe, Australia, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA. The majority work in aspects of television ranging from production through documentary and drama, live events, news and current affairs, sports and light entertainment, to corporate video."
Run by a council of volunteer television professionals, the GTC is financed by subscription from its members as well as sponsorship from equipment manufacturers and suppliers. As a result, the GTC offers a channel for manufacturers to consult with working cameramen when designing new equipment. GTC membership is open to anyone employed in single or multi-camera television operations or in any associated occupation.