Second and third year students studying a BA Film & Cinematography degree at Wiltshire College’s Salisbury campus produced a short piece on a Panafl ex 35mm camera. It won them a Best Drama accolade at the Royal Television Awards. ‘The Manor’ beat off fierce competition to win the award at the Royal Television Society’s Southern Students Awards on February 23 at Winchester Guildhall.
The clip tells the story of two soldiers on opposing sides. The judges described it as an excellent film based in one location.
“The camera and acting worked well together to capture a fantastic portrayal of two young soldiers separated from their units in WW2,” they said. The action short, organised by film technician Tim Dodd, was shot in locations in the Wiltshire countryside over four days, starring Joe Ashman and Conor Hartnett.
It was an unassessed summer project, designed to encourage and extend students’ understanding of the demands of working as part of a full production crew.
Andrew Smith is programme leader of the BA Film Production and Cinematography course, which is validated by Bournemouth University. He said: “A big well-deserved congratulations to all of the students involved in this production.”
The cast and crew were congratulated on their achievement by college principal Amanda Burnside. ‘The Manor’ is now entered in the national awards on Friday, June 22.