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Tuesday 16 April 2013

Student spotlight: Hayley Smith and Rob Jones

Students from Southampton Solent University are celebrating after hearing that their short horror film ‘The Marrowing’ has been shortlisted for the Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Student Television Awards 2012.

The glittering industry event which celebrates the best in student television across the UK, will take place on Friday 17 May at the Barbican, London and will be hosted by Lucy Beaumont, winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2012.

The film, which tells the story of an elderly couple who go to murderous lengths to have their marrow take the top prize at the local fete, was selected following its success at the regional RTS Awards earlier this year, where it won the best Undergraduate Entertainment category.

Co-written by Hayley Smith, who currently works for the University’s media production company Solent Productions, and Comedy, Writing & Performance graduate Rob Jones, The Marrowing, will go head-to-head with Newport Film School and National Film School Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology for the national prize.

“Our regional win was hugely gratifying, but to be selected for the national final is fantastic,” says Hayley.

Hayley and Rob called on former course mates, Matthew Wootton (producer), Tom Perrigo (DOP, camera), Lloyd Thompson (production manager), Lewis Walsh (production assistant) and Jonathan Schofield (post production) to form the production crew, whileBA (Hons) Special Effects students were drafted in to help create some of the gore.

“As well as the hard work and creativity of the team, the film’s success is down to the support of the lecturers and technical staff who gave us the opportunity to explore our creative passions and hone our technical skills,” she added.