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- Published on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 20:38
- Written by Gordon Meyer
The U.K.-based Guild of Television Cameramen (GTC) in association with ITV will present the inaugural Bill Vinten GTC University Awards at ITV Studios on London’s South Bank on October 24. Supported by the Television and Video Camera Craft Educational Trust, the awards are a collaborative effort of the GTC; Bill Vinten, OBE; and retired GTC member Stuart McKears. One top university student will receive a trophy and paid-work experience worth £2,500, and two runners-up will be awarded with paid-work experience worth £750. The three winners will also receive a one-year membership in the GTC. The awards presentation will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to socialize and network with the winners, Vinten, universities, GTC sponsors and fellow GTC members.
McKears, who serves as acting chairman of the Television and Video Camera Craft Educational Trust, came up with the idea of a GTC University trophy that would laud a university’s excellence in content and craft skills. Competition entries required a portfolio of film or video in at least three different genres that are wholly produced, created and shot by current students or recent grads. Now in his 90s, Vinten was also interested in creating a GTC student award. He’s the youngest son of the founder of the Vinten camera support company whose products are used worldwide in broadcasting. Now a division of the Vitec Group, the family company has provided cameras and cameramen for 100 years, and Vinten has been an active supporter of the GTC for over 40 years.
The Bill Vinten GTC University Awards are funded by the Television and Video Camera Craft Educational Trust, which Vinten established to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education and training of the public in the arts, particularly through camera craft and related media skills. This year’s competition has attracted entries from eight U.K. universities with 22 camera operators vying for the work-experience prizes. “The breadth of the productions has been most heartening, and bodes well for the future of the industry,” says GTC President Dick Hibberd. “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.” Work experience for the graduates will be available from GTC members, including top cinematographers like Martin Hawkins (“Derek,” “Life’s Too Short”), Pete Edwards (“Horrible Histories,” “Trapped!”) and Jonathan Young, who specializes in documentaries.
The finalists competing to receive paid work-experience prizes for the 2013 Bill Vinten GTC University Awards are 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) and Jack Reynolds (Kingston University).