CoP competition winners

Students from Solent University’s Skillset Media Academy have come tops in the BBC College of Production competition with a film that clearly "stood out" from the other entries.

The students beat those from other Skillset Media Academies around the country with their short film for our website. The film, which is light hearted and fun, uses the clever metaphor of football strategy to communicate the key points in pitching ideas to a commissioning editor or panel.  

The pilot project aimed to draw out the best films from the national Skillset network. Teams had to produce a 3-4-minute film on one of five topics that would help professionals improve their practice in aspects of TV production.    

The Solent students, all in the second year of the BA (Hons) in Television and Video Production, completed their entries as part of their coursework for the TV Production Level 2 Community Production unit.  There were six Solent student entries overall. The winning team - Rowan Johnson, Graham Fitzgerald, Nicole Gander, Torrin Holland and Becky Dennis - won overall best film, a £500 prize to spend on media equipment and the opportunity to have their film shown on the website. Two teams from North by Southwest, the Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Skillset Media Academy were runners up.   

"Quite early on we had the idea of using a football pitch as a metaphor and decided to run with it," said Graham Fitzgerald, one of the team. "The people at Sport Solent let us use the all-weather pitch between training sessions. Originally, our main character was going to have a 'mentor' coaching him along, but this was dropped in favour of the football commentary idea. When we were told we had won the BBC contest it was a huge surprise to all of us. It's great to know our work will be on the BBC website and hopefully it will help teach people a few things about to how make a good pitch."

BBC College of Production website editor Paul Buller said the film was a clear winner.

"This is a well-considered, effective film that makes its point without unnecessary puff." – Paul Buller

"The producers had clearly studied the brief and stuck to it. It was the stand-out film of all considered and the production values shone through. We look forward to showing it on the CoP website and hope it inspires others to enter their films in future competitions," he said.

Solent tutors Kate Iles and Kieron Butler assisted the teams with their ideas.

"Winning the College of Production competition is a huge achievement for these talented Solent students," said Kate. "They approached this project with real professionalism and creativity and worked hard to deliver a film which demonstrates the very high standards demanded of all the students here.  We are very proud of them."