Red carpet event for UWTSD Final year students


Students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s School of Film and Digital Media hosted a public screening of their graduate work in the Taliesin Centre.

The screening was organised by third year students to showcase their final projects which they have submitted as part of their course work. The event also gave the students the opportunity to demonstrate their work on the big screen to their friends and family.

Professor Ian Walsh, Dean of Art and Design at Swansea College of Art said: “It’s great to see Swansea shaking off its old industrial image as it embraces the creative industries and our new crop of enterprising young artists. This year’s Film and TV Production graduates even found time to organise an international film festival over Christmas which received over two thousand entries from around the globe. It’s this kind of dynamic enterprise which makes Swansea College of Art’s graduates so employable.”

Chris Buxton is a Lecturer who teaches on university’s BA Digital Film and Television Production course and has been working with the students on their film projects. He said: “A digital cinema package takes a long time to put together. It’s a new level of skills that our students are learning through organising this film night. They’ve all created something unique and now they are learning how to sell it which will be a huge boost to their employability when they graduate.”

The students have produced films from a wide range of genres, including music videos, documentaries, action, and comedy films. Kerry Norton’s film, The Forsaken, is a horror movie that was filmed in Dylan Thomas’ birthplace in Uplands, Swansea. Kerry raised £1000 for the production of his film using the crowd-sourcing website Indiegogo. He said: “I’m looking forward to the seeing it on the big screen. I’m slightly terrified as well. If I don’t see anyone jumping in their seats, it’ll be really awful!”

As well as collaborating on their film project, the students have also had to work together in order to ensure that the night will be a big success. Ben Pesarillo’s film, a comedy-action film called Boss Fight which includes a six-minute fight scene, will also be shown. He said: "Making the film was a huge learning curve for me. I knew exactly how I wanted the fight scenes to look but I learnt a lot of about the reality of hiring a stunt crew.” Ben was also involved with the advertising and marketing for the evening.

He added: "What’s great about doing an event like this is that it adds to our skills for when we leave university. We’re going to have to be able to market and sell our movies in order to make it in the industry and now we all feel a lot more confident about being able to do that."

For many of the students it was the first time that their films are being shown in public and it promises to be an emotional experience. Alex Williams’ film Cari is the story of young girl living on an isolated farm in rural Wales who must find the courage to come out to her strictly religious parents. For Alex, making the film was a deeply personal experience as it was based on his own experiences of coming out as gay in a rural community.

Alex said: "It was a really intense experience and this film is so close to my heart. It was good to be able to use my own experiences to make the film, I think that it makes it a bit more raw and realistic.” Despite it being an emotional experience for him, Alex was pleased with the way that his film turned out. He added: "You always dream that your project will work out better than could be expected and this time that’s actually happened. I’m just so pleased."

Emma Collins’ film is a music video in which a group of children are seen dancing in the countryside. Emma said: "The kids and their families were so supportive. I think I’m going to cry when I see it on the big screen!"

Chris Buxton said: "The final project is always a great opportunity for students to add new skills to their CV. Many of them had to do extensive risk assessments to make sure that their films were made safely. Many also dealt with sensitive subject areas that they had to think about very carefully before embarking on their projects."

Emily Tuite-Judge made a documentary about fur-suiting, a subculture of people who dress in animal suits. Emily admits that it is a delicate subject matter as it something that is not very well known or understood. She said: "I had to win their trust and had to put in a lot of hard work before they opened up to me and the cameras. My biggest fear was that I would come across as if I was being derogatory or mocking them because I would never do that. Once they learnt that, they were happy to talk to me and trusted that I would represent them fairly."