MediaMag Production Competition 2018 – The Winners!

Media production work is alive and kicking! We were overwhelmed with entries to the MediaMagazine Production competition this year – over 200 videos from film and media departments across the country. It was a great pleasure to see a range of creative and sophisticated filmmaking that was clearly the result of some incredibly hard working teachers and students. It was an agonising shortlisting process and even more difficult for our judge, Nik Powell, to select the final winners. We would like to thank and congratulate everyone who entered and all the schools and families who made the journey to the BFI Southbank to see the best videos on the big screen at the Awards Ceremony on July 2nd. To see the winning entry in each category, click on Video Clips (above) and choose 'MediaMag Production Competition 2018 – the Winners!'

Winner Best Short

Azra Hinton and Jack Williams, St Dunstan’s School: The Freeze.

Judges’ comments: This had us completely. Brilliant post-apocalyptic scenario in moody black and white, with a fantastic twist at the end, and a great final line.

See the video here!

Winner Best Music Video

Jack Edmondson, Noa Craig and Emilio Francischelli, the Latymer School: Sweet Dreams

Judges’ comments: Very fresh, very humorous, very Devo-like! Great design of props and costumes, and brilliant use of simple studio setting to create lots of charm and energy.

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Winner Best Documentary

James Copley, Churchmead School: Campaign of three ads for The National Sleep Foundation

Judges’ comments: Excellent communication of the Foundation’s message, clearly, simply, and in a very fun way, targeting young people really well. The last ad is the standout – this young man has a future in comedy!

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Winner Best Cinematography

Ravi Ghelani and Shimran Valand, Beauchamp College: Incognito trailer

Judges’ comments: Incredibly slick trailer for an action thriller. Beautifully shot and performed, and especially well lit. Just enough of the narrative to give you a taste, but not so much that you think you’ve seen all the best bits!

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Winner Best Editing

Rebecca Folkard, Lewis Bell, Chorlene Bron-Monnier and Jordan Kemp, Lingfield College: White Noise

Judges’ comments:Very simple but very effective, with great use of animation and effects. Imaginative use of different cities and locations, and tells the story of the song very well. A real buzz and energy.

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Special Award for Creativity

Lili Vicens, St John the Baptist School: Everything

Judges’ comments: All in French, with subtitles – our first ‘European’ entry! A young girl in therapy daydreams about Life with a capital L. Lovely homage to French New Wave cinema but yet entirely original.

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Highly commended

Hurtwood House: Dancing Song

Lively indie band performance video. High energy, great fun concept, delightful set and props

The Latymer School: On My Mind

Very simple and minimalist, with a terrific central performance oozing energy and coolness, and great use of colour.

Millfield School: Square Thoughts

Classic opening sequence with off-screen argument, superb soundscape, and enigmatic domestic images. Very well-produced.

Chosen Hill School: Legends trailer

Excellent schoolgirl superhero trailer, with a great script. Lots of humour, charm and energy

New College Swindon: The Spontaneous Life of James Brooks

Powerful and well-shot opening focusing on an accident caused by mobile phone use. Very well performed and executed.

Hurtwood House: King7

Very well set up, shot and edited, with a lingering sense of threat.