Film student wins national award

A GC film degree student scooped a 2018 Royal Television Society (RTS) West of England Student Craft Award for his work on the short period drama, Broadcast

22-year-old Max Ramsden, from Gloucester, won the prestigious award for his production design work on the film, which was directed by fellow film degree student Molly Boughen, and formed part of their final degree project.

The RTS West of England Student Awards recognise student television work that shows outstanding visual and aural creativity, a mastery of craft skills, innovation, initiative and story-telling. 

The 10-minute film Max and Molly created is set in the late 1970s and follows a timid weather girl whose presence continues to be ignored at the news station she has worked at for over 10 years. Through the chaos of a breaking news story, she fights to be heard in a male-dominated studio, in a story that tackles the underlying theme of sexism. 

The judges noted “the excellent production design on this ambitious production” and said “the period design came together really well.”

Max said: “I’m very grateful that my work on Broadcast has been appreciated. My primary goal for this project was to create a believable on-screen environment and develop my skills in production design. I hope to use these skills again in future projects.

“As an aspiring production designer and director it was important for me to understand how influential environments can be in helping bring a story to life. Since finishing my degree I’ve been gaining experience, attending networking events and searching for work. I hope to keep on creating and working with filmmakers who will inspire me to grow." 

Max’s lecturer, Nosa Obayiuwana, added: “Max was a very hard-working and talented student; coming to us to top up his existing qualification by studying our popular BSc(Hons) in Film Production with Applied Technology – and achieving a first-class degree.

“I’m very proud of Max’s award win and everything he has achieved since graduating, including working on the live production of ‘Aladdin’ with Disney.”

For more information on the GC film degree, and to see what other students have gone on to achieve, click here.

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