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Wednesday 19 November 2014

Solent TV win top award in Portsmouth

Staff and students at Southampton Solent University are celebrating Solent TV’s success after the channel won a top award at the Portsmouth DV Mission 48 Hour Film Festival.

The Solent TV team scooped the ‘inspired cinematic moment’ prize for their two-minute film ‘Exit 13’, which follows the story of an oblivious dinner party host and his encounter with an outbreak of infectious disease.

Director of the Solent TV team, Benjamin Sutton, said:

“This is my eighth year of entering the festival independently, but this year the Solent TV team were very strong.”

The team collecting their award

“We used new technology to achieve the story we wanted, but we also had support from a number of Solent students who dedicated their free time to acting as extras on set which also delivered a successful look.

“We’re all very proud of what we produced and hope to enter again next year.”

The competition judges challenged the filmmakers by asking them to use a specific title and theme when making their short films. Other obstructions given to the contestants included an obligatory piece of dialogue, “when the going gets weird”, which Solent TV managed to blend into a radio report.

The theme the judges set was hybrid disasters, which was later explained by the manager of DV Missions as two disasters that collide to make an even bigger disaster.

Solent TV based their disaster-story around a man who is forced to leave a disastrous dinner-party during a global flu outbreak, and the ‘collision’ occurs when he returns home and spreads the virus to the rest of his guests.

Actress, Rachel Lily, said: “The plot line was good but our improvisation of the script was even better.

“We had so much fun making the video and I think it just goes to show how much you can achieve in 48 hours.”

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