MediaMagazine Production Competition 2021: Making Lockdown Creative! The Final Showreels

Welcome!

Welcome to the MediaMagazine Lockdown Production Competition 2021 final showreel!

There’s a real treat in store for you. This year we’ve divided our showreel into two parts, so make sure you catch them both.

The first section is introduced by Eva Riley. (Click on the 'Who's our judge?' tab to find out more about Eva.) She will introduce each film with some individual comments (wonderful material for your portfolio if you are going on to continue your media journey) and will announce the winning entries for Best Experimental Film, Best Cinematography, Best Screenwriting, and Best Direction. Eva found it very hard to judge these entries because despite their variety they were all so interesting, well-made and inventive. We agree – while we had a brilliant range of entries overall, all of you who made it through to the showreel are winners and should be very proud of your work.

The second showreel is for those we shortlisted for special consideration for the Barney Oram Creativity Award. Barney was a much loved teacher of Media and Film Studies for many years at Long Road Sixth Form College, one of the biggest media cohorts in the country, and was passionate about film and developing his students’ creativity and film-making skills. The award in his name has been judged by two of his colleagues at Long Road, Tom Woodcock and Andrea Joyce. Again they will screen the shortlist and announce the final award.

All of our shortlisted entrants will shortly receive a certificate, and our five winners will in the fullness of time receive an individual trophy through the post. If you have not yet sent us your full postal address, please do so at jenny@englishandmedia.co.uk. It may take a while for them to arrive, but they will be on their way very soon. The films will be online on the MediaMag competition page for the next year. We know that you’ll enjoy them, and hope that teachers will use them in the classroom as inspiration for next year’s students. They really are amazing achievements, especially in this tumultuous year of Lockdown.

Finally, many thanks to Eva, Andrea and Tom for their judging duties, to Lucy Webster and Fran Stowell at The English and Media Centre, and of course to all of you who entered the competition this year. It’s been a real pleasure. Have wonderful holidays and good luck on the next stage of your journeys. See you next year.

Claire and Jenny

The Winners!

View the showreel here.

Winners

Best Cinematography: Leo Kelly, Northampton College, Lost Without You

  • A music video inspired by John Lewis Christmas advertising – an emotional journey with a feelgood factor.

Best Screenwriting: Finlay Gibbs, Finham Park School, Lockdown Project

  • Intro to a teen film representing the personified consciousness of a boy trying to tackle his workload during Lockdown.

Best Experimental Film: Rhiannon Hanlan, Long Road Sixth Form College, Old Wives’ Tales

  • Short film addressing the mental health issues, societal pressures and cultural expectations exacerbated by Lockdown.

Best Direction: Lauren Dawkins, City College Southampton, Recipe for Happiness

  • An experimental take on 1920s slapstick comedy, exploiting the technical restrictions of Lockdown. Filmed entirely on iPhone using stop motion and live action sequences.

Barney Oram Creativity Award

View the showreel here.

Barney Oram Creativity Award Winner

Sandy Honca, Barton Peveril College, What is Lockdown

  • Video diary exploring the different meanings of Lockdown.

The Shortlist

The following students were shortlisted for the MediaMagazine Production Competition 2021

Erikas Degutis, Northampton College, Monster

  • A music video in the genre of alternative rock, representing the isolation of Lockdown.

Ellie Evans, Brit School, See you in June

  • Music video of a song performed and written by the student exploring the experience of Lockdown.

Joseph Peek, Southend High School, My life with Puppets

  • ‘Teen interest’ documentary for BBC3 series featuring unusual hobbies.

Haydn Reece, Barton Peveril College, Severed

  • The opening scene of a neo-noir short about a man trying to investigate the murder of his wife.

Mara-Jade Rushfirth, Finham Park Sixth Form, Games Night

  • Short film taking a comedic look at family life under Lockdown.

Molly Thirlwall, Southend High School, Girls and Boys

  • A music video exploring heteronormativity and the different ways that social groups enjoy and represent themselves

Carmen White, Barton Peveril College, Last One Alive

  • Introduction to Netflix drama series: In a world destroyed by Coronavirus, a young girl seeks others who may be left alive.

Jack Williams/Azra Hinton, Strode College, Journey

  • Short comedy about the frustrations of trying to escape from Lockdown outdoors.

Who's Our Judge?

Eva is a Scottish director and screenwriter based in Brighton. She graduated from the National Film and Television School in 2015, with her final year film Patriot premiering in competition at Cannes. In 2016, she was commissioned to write and direct Diagnosis by BBC Films and was named a Screen International ‘Star of Tomorrow’. Her short films have screened at festivals including BFI London Film Festival, Edinburgh, Telluride and the BAFTA New Talent Awards.

Eva's first feature Perfect 10 premiered at BFI London Film Festival and was screened on BBC2. It is now available on BBC iPlayer. You can see an introduction to the film here.

Eva is currently developing her second feature The Circle with BBC FIlms, as well as developing her first TV projects.

Eva has tutored for several years at the BFI/NFTS Craft Skills Academy Residential, working with groups of young filmmakers creating their own short films, and so is the ideal judge for our Lockdown Production Competition.