Plymouth College of Art has announced that BA (Hons) Film Arts graduates Alex Blackwood has won a Royal Television Society (RTS) Devon and Cornwall Centre 2011 Student Award in the Fiction category for his film Grade.
Recent Plymouth College of Art graduates Kate McLean & Kieran Scott were also nominated for awards in the Factual and Fiction categories respectively.
BA (Hons) Film Arts Programme Leader Dan Paolantonio said: ‘To put this achievement into perspective, the Fiction category was described as being representative of the very best of all of the moving image work showcased within the ceremony, featuring the most imaginative and most technically accomplished work.
‘This was also the category which was described as by far the most competitive. So to receive two nominations within this category and to have an entry described as ‘the clear winner’ was a really proud moment for all of the Film Arts team at Plymouth College of Art.
‘This is a fantastic achievement for Alex and testament not only to a strong and distinctive programme of study, but also to the unique Art College environment which afforded him the opportunity to both nurture and experiment with his ideas and realise these in an outstanding piece of film work.’
Alex’s winning film Grade follows David Chambers, a 16-year-old schoolboy who is struggling to revise for his upcoming exams. Out of sheer desperation David resorts to an old wives’ tale, placing a book under his pillow at night hoping he will absorb its information by morning. By some miracle this process works but this begins to have adverse consequences.
Alex told D&CFilm: ‘This idea for the film stemmed from my own difficulties revising for exams and my own yearning to absorb information more quickly. This is the first time my work has been given a showcase such as this and I am delighted to have won the award. I want to thank my crew; Katy Mclean, Steve Barrrett, Patrick Sheehan & Sam Foster and give special thanks to the very talented Lewis Peek and my girlfriend Katie Smith for endlessly proof reading my scripts.’
Alex is currently on a work placement pursuing opportunities in post-production sound and he continues to make short films in his spare time.