Graduate News: We Are Scientists official lyric video

Congratulations to Swansea Digital Film graduate and freelance video editor Tom Perou who was recently commissioned to create an official lyric music video for the band We Are Scientists.

Tom emailed a number of his favourite bands to let them know he was interested in working with them.

“I had actually been listening to the song the night before I was asked to do the official lyric video, so I was really surprised and excited when the job came through. It was a surreal and fantastic experience to work with one of my favourite bands, and I am now in talks with a few of my other favourite artists to do similar projects.”

-Tom Perou

Tom graduated in 2012, also completing his Avid Certified User exam which lead to work on a feature film that has since entered into the Tesco, Asda and HMV DVD charts.

Editing a feature film was a very different challenge to editing a short. Obviously it needed a lot more endurance, but it was also an eye-opener to the level of technical proficiency needed to deliver the correct files to other members of the post-production team (sound designer, colour grader, vfx artist). It was a great experience that I learned a lot from, and it was amazing to see something that I had edited for sale in the supermarkets.

 

Screentest 2014 Nominations

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Congratulations to the following Swansea Digital Film students and graduates who’s films have been nominated for awards at this year’s Screentest National Student Film Festival.

‘Holy Shit’
Director: Jacob Kronen
BEST COMEDY
BEST PERFORMANCES

‘The Waiting Room’
Director: David Osgar
BEST COMEDY
BEST PERFORMANCES

‘Pupa’
Director: Jamie Panton
BEST EXPERIMENTAL

‘Sooo Happy’
Director: Laura France
BEST SCREENPLAY

Screentest takes place on 21st – 23rd March and tickets are available through the website: http://www.screentestfest.org.uk/

Guest Speaker: Storyboard Artist Graham Wynn-Jones

On 11th February, storyboard and concept artist Graham Wynn-Jones visited UWTSD Swansea to speak to Film and Illustration students about his experience in the industry.

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Graham has worked on a wide variety of film and television projects including the BAFTA award winning feature Moon and the Swansea produced US TV series DaVinci’s Demons.

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Graham showed students examples of his work and explained how a storyboard artist must learn a filmic language and consider production issues such as budget and shooting schedules. He explained the collaboration process between storyboard artist and director as well as how he works with the cinematographer and pre-production department.

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More of Graham’s work can be seen here: http://graham-filmart.blogspot.co.uk/

Guest Speakers: Richard Waters and Alison Scarff

On 7th February Swansea Digital Film graduates Richard Waters and Alison Scarff visited UWTSD Swansea to speak to students about their recent successes in independent film and their experience in the industry to date.

Richard recently directed the feature film The O’Briens, described as a romantic comedy with an Irish twist, which won the Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking Award at Newport Beach Film Festival. The film has received over 12,000 views on Hulu and has since been added to the Amazon Instant catalogue.

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Richard and Alison both produced the experimental feature film Sodium Party which premiered at the IndieCork Film Festival in October 2013. Richard and Alison detailed the production of Sodium Party which was shot with 8 core crew, 12 cast, 32 locations and a £7,000 budget – some of which was sourced through crowd funding. The film has been touring numerous online festivals specialising in experimental film.

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Richard and Alison described their work on independent feature films as passion projects explaining how little money is to be made. Both graduates’ main income comes from freelance work – with Richard doing regular freelance editing for TV3 newsroom in Ireland. Richard was also assistant editor on Celebrity Apprentice and editor on the aftershow You’re Fired.

Richard advised students to shoot as much as possible while at University and to learn from mistakes now to limit the mistake you make as a professional. Alison highlighted the importance of networking within the industry and spoke about tactics for self promotion as a freelancer.

You can find The O’Briens on Amazon Instant here: http://www.amazon.com/OBriens-HD-Liam-McMahon/dp/B00HWPZ0CO/

Screentest 2014

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Congratulations to the following Swansea Digital Film students and graduates who’s films have been selected for screening at Screentest National Student Film Festival.

‘Holy Shit’ by Jakob Kronen
‘Sooo Happy’ by Laura France
‘The Waiting Room’ by David Osgar
‘Alan Perry – Painter and Poet’ by Brian T Phillips
‘Pupa’ by Jamie Panton
‘Singleton’ by Scott Brown

Check out the Screentest 2014 Trailer:

Screentest runs from Friday, 21 March to Sunday 23 March

For more details and ticket information please visit the Screentest website: http://www.screentestfest.org.uk/

Swansea Digital Film Students – please contact a member of staff to find out about the Uni group discount tickets.