Industry success for student filmmakers

18th August 2021

Digital Media Production students at Stratford-upon-Avon College have been awarded Runner Up places in Into Film’s Film of the Month competition.

Into Film promotes cinema and filmmakers across the UK, as a way of recognising the next generation of writers, directors and producers.

With the support of lecturers Sarah Downing and James Rose, students have been creating short films as part of their assignments throughout their course.

Level 4 student, Jade Gisborne, wrote, directed and starred in her short film ‘Hotel Room’ which was inspired by Edward Hopper’s painting of the same name (1931). The film is about domestic abuse and was produced during the January lockdown.

Judges described Jade’s film as ‘atmospheric, tense and really thought provoking’ and praised the technical elements demonstrated including the music, which ‘was very well chosen and help build momentum as the film progressed.’

Level 3 student, Natalie Piddington, wrote and directed her short film ‘The Customer is Always Right’ for her course’s Final Major Project. The film stars Natalie’s parents and was filmed in her mum’s cake shop.

Judges were again impressed with the technical proficiency involved, with one panellist stating ‘This was an amusing take on the mocumentary style with some expert filmmaking and great acting from the lead characters. I particularly enjoyed the fly on the wall aspect.’

Find out more about the College’s Digital Media Production courses: Digital Media Production courses