Aleah triumphs at the Student Television Awards

GC film production student, Aleah Johnson was “astonished” by her own success when she received a craft award at the 2017 West of England Student Royal Television Society Awards this February.

The 20 year-old, who is completing a BSc (Hons) Degree in Film Production and Applied Technology at GC received the award for her camerawork in the student film ‘Brothers’, which was also nominated for the best drama award.

Aleah said: “My role in creating the film contained a big workload in the pre-production and production stages of filming, creating the visuals and style for the film and doing tests on location and in the studio.

“The work I did was important to the overall look of the film, as I directed the lighting and cameras to capture the look we wanted and correct mistakes.”

‘Brothers’ tells the story of three brothers who are fighting for survival on their own in a modern world. They are young, but have adult responsibilities and are too proud to ask for help. This results in them turning to petty crime, from which repercussions occur.

The film was created as a group project, by Molly Boughen, Annie Atkins, Beth Leaver and Aleah. The four attended a glitzy awards ceremony at the Everyman Theatre in Bristol on 8 February, celebrating the best young talent in the region. They were joined by a second group of GC students, who were also nominated in the drama category, for their film ‘At Dawn’. The group were: Phil Stubbs, Lucy Keal, Aimee Lewis and Alice Hughes.

Aleah described her reaction on winning the Craft Award: “I was astonished when my name was called out for the award!

“I was over the moon that they liked the work I had done for the film and it has really boosted my confidence since. I’m now encouraged to continue pursuing a career as a Director of Photography and hope to go on to do a Master’s Degree in Film at the National Film and TV School or the London Film School.”

A huge congratulations to all of the nominated students! If you're interested in following in their footsteps and launching your career in the exciting film and television industry, take a look at our courses here.

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