Promotional video wins prestigious backing

A video about studying art and design at the University of Portsmouth has been shortlisted for a prestigious national Learning on Screen Award.

The awards are sponsored by British Universities Film and Video Council and are the only UK awards celebrating and rewarding excellence in the use of moving image and related media in learning, teaching and research.

The shortlisted video was directed by media production coordinator Kathryn Morris, and produced by Kathryn and Richard Hackett, head of the media production centre in the University’s Creative and Cultural Industries faculty.

Kathryn said: “It’s great to meet students and their enthusiasm for studying here is infectious. This is what makes these videos so engaging.

“Ten years ago, when I started working in corporate communications, it was all about print, but since then increased access to many forms of media has meant we are now producing a variety of content, which includes more and more video.”

The 5:54-minute inspirational film is one of a suite of 17 videos commissioned to help give prospective students a fuller picture of studying with us here at the University of Portsmouth.

Toby Meredith, of the media production centre, also worked on the film.

He said: “It was hard work to get all the videos made on time, we enjoyed it and it is a great team effort too. I’m thrilled this film has been shortlisted – it’s fantastic to have it praised and receive external recognition in this way.”

Peter Reader, Director of Marketing and Communications, said: “This is a richly deserved nomination. We are proud of Kathryn and of all the other videos she and the media production centre have made to showcase our courses.

“The next generation of students expect to be able to watch course-specific videos to help them make their choices about what and where to study and we are proud ours have caught the attention of the Learning on Screen Awards.”

All shortlisted films will be screened at the Learning on Screen Awards 2014 tomorrow at the home of British film, the British Film Institute on London’s Southbank.

The awards are open to broadcasters, production companies, education institutions, museums, publishers, charities, libraries, students and any other organisation or individual producing educational media. Entries can be made into a variety of categories, including broadcast programmes, non-broadcast delivery, multimedia content and student productions.

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  1. this video by BA TV & Film Production students is very good.
    The University of Portsmouth’s £14m investment into the new Eldon Building has produced a creative and vibrant community of both students and staff, all under one roof.
    Production Credits:
    Lawrence Fish – Director of Photography & Post-production
    Benjamin Cook – Producer
    Simon Shergold – Director of Photography & Post-production
    Ross McKnight – Producer

  2. University promo videos are often amateurish talking heads bottom of the barrel corporate gigs for filmmakers. What is good about this one is it is about the students themselves and not trying to be pompous and pretentious.
    I’ve seen university videos that make me cringe, some make me hate the place even more and I wouldn’t send my children there. You know the ones were they have senior staffs boasting about his/her credentials while having their egos massaged by the filmmaker. The enforced interviews were staffs and students are put under the spotlight were they are then trying to justify their jobs and education.

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