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GTC Announces Bill Vinten Awards Venue

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The Guild of Television Cameramen has announced that the inaugural Bill Vinten GTC University awards will take place on October 24 between 6pm and 9pm at ITV Studios on London's South Bank.
The awards are the result of discussion between the GTC, Bill Vinten OBE and retired GTC member Stuart McKears in 2011.
Mr McKears suggested the idea of a trophy for the university that exhibits excellence in content and in craft skills by submitting a single portfolio of film or video in at least three different genres.
In early 2012, Bill Vinten and Stuart met and the format of the award was finalised. Mr Vinten agreed to fund paid work-experience prizes for the leading students.
On May 11, 2012, the Bill Vinten GTC University Award was launched with prizes of a trophy for the leading university and paid work experience worth £2,500 to the leading student, as well as two runners up prizes of paid work experience worth £750.
In this first year, the Bill Vinten GTC University award has attracted entries from eight universities with 22 camera operators vying for the work-experience prizes.
Dick Hibberd, President GTC, says: "The breadth of the productions has been most heartening, and bodes well for the future of the industry. Whilst some entries have still some way to go, there have been others which have been truly excellent. It is most encouraging to see the skills that have been mastered by the graduates."
The presentation will be followed by an opportunity to socialise and network with Bill Vinten, the winners, the universities, the GTC's sponsors and fellow members of the GTC.
Work-experience for the graduates will be available from GTC members such as Martin Hawkins, director of photography in the field of comedy who received the Lifetime Achievement Award last year from the Royal Television Society.
Pete Edwards, a very experienced lighting cameraman, was director of photography on the BAFTA-winning children's series 'Horrible Histories' and 'Trapped'. Recent credits include 'Ministry of Curious Stuff' (with Vic Reeves) and 'The Armstrong and Miller Show' for the BBC, 'Toast of London' for Objective Productions and 'Yonderland' for Sky.
Jonathan Young specialises in documentary and factual programmes, contributing regularly to 'Panorama' and 'Newsnight' for the BBC and 'Dispatches' for C4.
As announced on September 24, the short list for the individual paid work-experience prizes is as follows:
  • Tomaso Aramini, Northern Film School
  • Adam Broder, Cambridge School of Art
  • Ed Gammie, University of York
  • Oliver Hadlow-Martin, University of York
  • Jack Harrison, Bournemouth University
  • Jack Reynolds, Kingston University
In this first year, the Bill Vinten GTC Award has attracted 24 entrants from eight universities:
  • Birmingham City University
  • Bournemouth University
  • Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Kingston University, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing
  • Northern Film School, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Staffordshire University, Media (Film) Production Course
  • University of the West of England
  • University of York, Department of Theatre, Film and Television

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