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Media Production graduate wins film competition

11 December 2006

A Canterbury Christ Church University graduate won the Golden Orange Short Film Competition which was part of the Canterbury Festival Fringe. Her film will now be screened at the Odeon cinema in Canterbury.

Rosie Escott, 26, who wrote, produced, directed, edited and animated the film, exhibited her finished work “You Are Here” at Orange Street Music Club in Canterbury. The ten minute film was shortlisted with four other entries in the short film category and was judged by a writer and director, an actor, and a documentary film maker.

The process of script drafting, constructing storyboards, auditioning actors and actresses, and drawing the animation, took seven months to complete. The film revolves around three different daydreams and uses flash animation, a selection of photographs and other images to illustrate this.

Rosie, who has just completed a Masters in Media Production at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “The film addresses the way in which we edit and manipulate our memories in order to make the past more acceptable and the importance of being able to escape reality into daydreams. I’d never made a film before and, although it was the hardest work of my life, it was also so much fun and something I’d love to make a career of.”

Notes to Editor

Rosie Escott

Rosie completed a BA Joint Honours degree in Film Studies and History at the Cumbria Institute of Art and Design before studying for a Masters in Media Production at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2005-2006.
Rosie has worked on three other Masters students’ films and has filmed various events for The Babyshambles, Pete Doherty, The Proclaimers, The Levellers, Nick Harper and Bjorn Again.

Canterbury Christ Church University’s Department of Media

The Department of Media is a respected academic centre which offers a stimulating environment in which to study a wide range of media.  It was one of the first departments in the UK to offer media courses and has gained an international reputation.

The programmes within the department ensure that academic and theoretical work goes hand in hand with practical and creative work.  Courses offer opportunities to develop and practice production skills, and to become familiar with critical perspectives.

Teaching on the courses is of a consistently high standard and has been recognised for its excellence.  All of the department’s academic staff are engaged in a wide variety of research activities, which helps shape day to day teaching.

The department’s links with the film, radio, television, journalism, digital and other media industries are strong.  Visiting professionals and academics are regularly invited to contribute to the department’s courses.

Graduates from the department are consistently in demand, and as a consequence Sky television has set up a scholarship scheme with the University, while BBC operates from a radio studio on campus.  The skills the department’s students acquire help graduates find work in a range of jobs: directors, editors, journalists, animators, web designers, producers, academics, cinematographers, and other posts within the media industry.

Contacts

Claire Robinson, Media Relations Officer,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782391, cr54@canterbury.ac.uk

David Cutts, External Relations Assistant,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782826, d.cutts@canterbury.ac.uk

For media enquiries:

Claire Robinson
01227 782391