UWTSD graduate wins UK Esports Videographer of the Year


15.08.2018

Rhys Rasmussen, who recently graduated from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David with a BA in New Media Production, has been awarded the title of UK Esports Videographer of the Year in the UK Esports Awards.  He’s also since been nominated for the same category in the global Esports Industry Awards.

 

Having studied at UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus, Rhys is now following his passion for esports and has set up his own production company – DLC Studios - focusing on the esports market.

"Before applying to UWTSD I was unsure of what I actually wanted to do within the creative media industries but the New Media Production course stood out as the right option for me as it enabled me to learn and develop my skills in many areas ranging from app design to 360 degree video.

"During my time on the course I made an effort to work on as many external projects as possible, as I believe it’s important to practice the skills learnt through the course in order to become more accomplished in them. This gave me a really good feel for what I enjoyed the most - which turned out to be camera operation and cinematography.

"Another passion of mine is esports and alongside my university work I made a big effort to do external work within the esports industry. I started off on a voluntary basis working with grassroots British esports clubs and have since worked with some of the biggest brands within the industry such as ESL and Level 99. This work has led to me being recognized in the Esports industry both on a national and global level. Recently I was named UK Esports Videographer of the Year in the UK Esports Awards and have since been nominated a second time running for the global Esports Industry Awards. It feels surreal to have my name featured in both the UK and global esports award ceremonies, with my name sitting next to the filmmakers who actually inspired me to start doing work in the Esports industry.

"My hopes are high for the future and since graduating I have been focused on setting up my own company, DLC Studios alongside a team of three other talented creatives. Since leaving UWTSD, I’ve already have the chance to travel to places such as Sweden, Tenerife, Madrid and London to chase my dream of telling great stories.”

Dr Brett Aggersberg, Film and Digital Media lecturer at UWTSD is extremely proud of Rhys’ achievements and is pleased to see the company that was originally developed during his studies now flourishing.

"Rhys joined our BA New Media Production degree after successfully completing a Creative Media Production course at Coleg Ceredigion. He immediately showed his dedication to the subject of film and media through his approach to projects and additional freelance work,” says Brett.

"Since his first year with us he has built up his experience through working with external organisations such as the National Trust and with bands. At the start of his second year, Rhys was able to visit his previous college as a Student Ambassador and demonstrate his developing portfolio with a striking showreel of the range of projects he had been working on.

"Over the last two years he also developed his links with esports. He was shortlisted for Esports Videographer of 2017, and won UK Esports Videographer of the Year in 2018. This is a fantastic achievement for someone so new to the field, and in an area that is so competitive. Rhys continued to build up his client list with paid commercial projects for esports teams and esports energy drinks brands and has since set up DLC Studios as a professional filmmaking company to work within the field of esports marketing. This company was developed during our entrepreneurship module, and it’s extremely rewarding for us to see students succeed in this way. We wish Rhys all the best for his future and the success that he deserves.”

If you’re interested in following in Rhys’ footsteps, you can find out more about the Film and Media courses offered at UWTSD by visiting:

https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/undergraduate/film-digital-media/

You can also learn more about Rhys’ company, DLC Studios, by clicking here: http://dlcstudios.gg/

Further Information

For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk