Bill Vinten GTC University Award 2014 Dates Announced

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“While Craft Skills Can Never Replace Content, Craft Skills Will Always Enhance Content.”

Last Updated: March 24, 2014 5:06 pm GMT
(March 24, 2014) After the considerable success of the inaugural 2013 Bill Vinten GTC University Awards, entries are invited for this year’s competition.

The Bill Vinten GTC University Awards 2014 are open to all final-year undergraduates completing their courses this summer.

Last year's awards, which were presented at the ITV Studios in London, included both period and psychological dramas; documentaries covering such varied subjects as a model railway society, a deaf actor, and the traditions around picking apples; plus music videos.

Ed Gammie, the 2013 winner from the University of York, is currently receiving work experience, to the value of £2,500, with Pete Edwards who was director of photography on the recent Still Open All Hours and Yonderland along with many other such as the Armstrong and Miller Show and Horrible Histories.

Runner-up Jack Harrison, graduate of Bournemouth University, has had work experience worth £750, with director of photography Martin Hawkins.

"Firstly Martin invited me onto the set of Derek for a few days," Jack comments: "Seeing how Martin and his team worked from the sidelines was inspiring and I knew from this point that I'd been dealt a good hand.

"Then during March 2014 I had the privilege of working as a camera trainee with Martin on ITV comedy pilot The Delivery Man. My initiation began at the kit check in Hemel Hampstead. Here I learnt the importance of organisation. You never know when you'll be asked to fetch some kit from the van, and knowing exactly where it is will save the production waiting around whenever that time comes.

"Possibly the most important lesson I learnt from my experience is one that was unexpected. In order to be a director of photography, you not only have to creatively light, frame and capture images, you also have to be diplomatic, be able to manage a team and be cooler than The Fonz."

Runner up Oliver Hadlow-Martin, graduate of York University, has had work experience worth £750, with director of photography Jonathan Young on reconstruction shoots for Panorama, the BBC2 programme Mind the Gap - London Vs The Rest with Evan Davis; and a Channel 4 news special investigation into the Lockerbie bombing in Scotland, involving interviews and reconstructions.

"l had a good time with Jonathan helping on various jobs around the UK," says Oliver. "I think this is a good scheme and I learnt a lot from watching Jonathan work; he knows his craft very well in a difficult job market. I think it's great that you have provided people like me and other students with the opportunity to learn and expand our CVs for the better."

A panel of judges will assess the entries for content, camera skills and the degree to which the camerawork enhances the content. The scores for these criteria are then combined to determine the winner and runners-up.

The award of the prestigious Bill Vinten GTC University Trophy is presented in the autumn to the institution with the highest scoring portfolio based on the combined scores of the three films submitted from their undergraduates.

Any single faculty, college or university located in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is invited to submit a single portfolio containing three complete films. Each film in the portfolio must be of a different TV genre.

Each film in the portfolio must include a specific camera credit who must be, or has been, a final year student during 2013/2014.

The winning camerawoman or cameraman will receive work experience, paid with expenses, equivalent to £2,500, plus one-year associate membership of the GTC.

The two runners-up will receive work experience, paid with expenses, equivalent to £750 each, plus one-year associate membership of the GTC.

Winners must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom. There is no cash alternative. No single film and no individual entries will be accepted.

Closing date for entries to the 2014 competition is 23 May 2014.

The award is supported by The Television And Video Camera Craft Educational Trust. Reg Charity: 1152233


About the Guild of Television Cameramen
The Guild of Television Cameramen ( http://www.gtc.org.uk ) 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.

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