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Miller Camera Support Equipment Sponsors 2015 BUFTA Awards

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Miller Camera Support Equipment returned as an award sponsor for the 'Best School' category at this year's Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA).

For the second consecutive year, Miller presented the 'Best School' winner – Huntingtower – with two Air Alloy Systems to enable students to have the opportunity to learn on professional-grade camera support equipment.

"At Miller we look to inspire creativity through our camera support solutions and are happy to pair up with BUFTA to help encourage the next generation of filmmakers and videographers," said Joseph White, Miller Regional Sales Manager Asia & Africa. "With the support of organizations such as BUFTA and quality equipment like Miller, these students have all the tools available to turn their dreams into award-winning films."

At the ceremony, Mr White presented the 'Best School' award Huntingtower for the student film, SuperTed. SuperTed is an animated action short film by Huntingtower student Connick Cheung, where a comic book superhero enters the real world and must stop a robotic villain from destroying the world as we know it. With this win, Huntingtower students now have four Miller Air Systems to help them with their projects.

"I am so grateful that Bond and Miller have selected Huntingtower as Best School this year – it is such an honor," said Mel Beal, Head of Bruce House, Head of Media, Year 12 Coordinator, HT Grads Coordinator at Huntingtower. "We are a small school and department with very passionate and talented students and it was great to be recognized nationally for all their hard work, passion and creativity in filmmaking.

"We are excited to add the Miller Air Tripods to the equipment the students can use for their practical work. Having a reliable tripod with so many features makes cinematography a breeze. The students feel so professional and positive about their work as they now have the best equipment to work with."

In fact, one of the Miller Airs the school won last year was used for the Huntingtower Student film, The Thief.

"[Student] Daniel Philips created an animation that he used the tripod for and won several awards at BUFTA," Beal continues. "The Air gave him so many options and enabled him to film from a height, which previously we couldn't do."

Each year, Bond University's current film and television students organise BUFTA as part of their school curriculum. All nominees are then flown out to the event to take part in the evening and receive the red carpet treatment. During this year's awards programme, hosted by Adam Elliot, the Oscar-winning Australian animator, a shortlist of 20 films by 18 students total, were nominated for a range of categories, including Best Animation, Best Comedy, Best Documentary, Best Drama, Best Experimental and Best Music Video.

Image: Miller Camera Support Equipment Regional Sales Manager Asia & Africa Joseph White presents the Best School award to Huntingtower School at the 2015 BUFTA awards.

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