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Thursday 20 March 2014

Alumni win royal award

Two graduates from Southampton Solent University are flying  high after winning a regional Royal Television Society (RTS) award for their short film Birdman.

Sam Clarke and Matt Farrant picked up the best student factual production award at the RTS Southern award ceremony held in Winchester Guild Hall last month.

Featuring Sam’s uncles Alan and Terry, Birdman weaves two compelling narratives together into a touching tale of brotherly love and Spitfires.

“It was great working with my uncles on the film. It was challenging to make, both technically and emotionally, but well worth it. They love the finished piece and wanted to watch it twice at the family premier at Alan’s house.”

The talented duo – who both graduated with First Class honours in BA (Hons) TV and Video Production last year – beat Bournemouth University and the University of the Creative Arts to win their category. Their regional win means the film will now be entered for the national awards later this year.

TV Production Course Leader Stuart Ray said: “We always knew Sam and Matt had produced a really superb short documentary and we are delighted that their hard work on the project has been recognised in this way.

“It was a brilliant moment for them to hear their names called out as the winning film and we hope it’s only the first of many awards these talented graduates will win in years to come.”

Matt credits the film, which was their final major project at University, with giving him the confidence to pursue his ambitions: “Fired up by the great feedback we got for the film, I moved to London where I’ve worked as a camera assistant on commercials, music videos and the latest Frankenstein film, starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy. I’ve well and truly started my career.”

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