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Class of 2021: Award winning talent in film and digital media

We explore the Film & Digital Media students who have made a big impression during their time at Plymouth College of Art.

Plymouth College of Art’s BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts is a practical filmmaking course where students explore the craft and aesthetics of contemporary screen-based media, learning the skills required to design and make for film and media production.

In our 2021 Summer Shows, we’re celebrating the achievements of graduating students from the courses that developed into our BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts, including graduates of our BA (Hons) Film and BA (Hons) Digital Media Production. If you’re quick to book, you can catch some of the best examples of their work at the ADAPT 2021 graduate showcase in Plymouth Arts Cinema between Saturday 3 and Friday 9 July 2021.

With so many excellent film and media graduates in the Class of 2021, we’ve narrowed it down to a few who have continued to show their enthusiasm, innovation and vision over the last three years of study.

Ceri-Louise Prowse's short film 'Joseph'

Junior video editor, videographer and 2D and 3D animator Ceri-Louise Prowse runs her own digital media freelance business, Clip Media, offering filmmaking, editing, animation and photography services, and has worked with brands including Lucozade Sport and production companies including Intense Productions on national film launches.

Ceri-Louise joined Plymouth College of Art in 2016 at our Pre-Degree campus, where she studied filmmaking at Extended Diploma level. During that time, she graduated from the BFI Film Academy, later mentoring for the BFI and being interviewed by BBC Spotlight about her experiences as a filmmaker.

BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts Lecturer, Dr Neal Kirk, said: “Ceri has consistently excelled and shown constant improvement throughout her time at Plymouth College of Art, striving to challenge herself and acquire new skills that push her out of her comfort zone. The crowning achievement of Ceri’s ambition, determination and incredible success is her digitally-animated short film, ‘Joseph’. To achieve the heart-warming story of a robot undertaking a journey of self-discovery and finding similar individuals, Ceri taught herself proficiency in the 3D rendering software, Blender. Ceri has already landed a role in a South West-based post production house, which represents the first steps in an extremely promising career.”

Shower Thoughts - Lil Dip music video directed by Sonny Layton, BA (Hons) Film

Filmmaker and cinematographer Sonny Layton has set himself apart during his time at Plymouth College of Art with his exemplary eye for lighting, image composition, camera movement and timing. His journey with the college began years ago when he first got involved with our Saturday Arts Club, before studying media at further education level at our Pre-Degree campus, followed by undergraduate study.

BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts Lecturer, Dr Neal Kirk, said: “Each year that Sonny studied with us, he set himself a new personal challenge, from learning sound and editing, to animation, creating a short horror film and his final major project, a music video. Sonny’s graduate projects demonstrate an impressive range, each dripping with a cinematic eye and attention to detail that position Sonny as a soon-to-be-unleashed force in the creative moving image industry.”

Sonny’s low-key biographical animation of his father’s travels around Europe, ‘1977’, won the Animation award at the Royal Television Society Devon & Cornwall Student Television Awards 2021, with the judges commenting on how mesmerizing and original the short was.

Sonny said: “My final project is a music video for the song 'Shower Thoughts' by local musician, Lil Dip. I wanted to challenge myself and have wanted to make a music video for a long time. As a result of the project, I feel like I want to continue collaborating on music videos, as well as taking on freelance work in videography and editing.”

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A still from Zoe's final major project film, 'Untitled Musical Duet'

Director, writer and editor Zoe Jones grew up around the theatre, spending most of her youth time dancing and acting, which led her to develop an interest in storytelling. Born in London, Zoe now dedicates her energy towards developing the best ways to tell stories visually, through the medium of film. Zoe’s final film at Plymouth College of Art, ‘Untitled Musical Duet’, draws on her love of musicals and musical theatre, featuring a central character trying to talk her past self out of accepting a place at their dream university.

BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts Lecturer, Dr Neal Kirk, said: “Zoe has perhaps the most desirable quality in the film and media industry at the moment - something unique to say, and the determination and skill to say it. During her time at Plymouth College of Art, Zoe’s work has been consistently exemplary with a creative passion for film that knows no bounds. Zoe has applied her rigorous, inquisitive, research-focused and distinctive style to excellence in screenwriting and directing and has produced an impressive body of work, including professional work for clients alongside her studies.”

Angus Stuart-Smith's showreel

Digital media creator Angus Stuart-Smith comes from Jersey, in the Channel Islands, and during his time at Plymouth College of Art has cultivated a unique synthesis of moving image, greenscreen, practical and digital visual effects and medium- and genre-blending work. Examples of Angus’ cinematography can be seen in his collaboration with Zoe Jones on her film, ‘Untitled Musical Duet’.

BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts Lecturer, Dr Neal Kirk, said: “Angus’ stories reflect and innovate on contemporary internet culture, resulting in a warm blend of the commercial, the asinine, the absurd, and the genuine. Angus has challenged himself in new directions each academic year, culminating in his cinematography submission for his graduate project, capturing the images and doing the digital special effects for the two very outstanding films, Untitled Musical Duet and Out. Whether it’s quirky commercials aimed at internet savvy audiences or heartfelt coming-of-age collaborations, Angus brings his fluid navigation of contemporary digital media practice and is poised to make a unique mark on the industry.”

Angus Stuart-Smith's cinematography showcase

Angus said: “I’ve dedicated my time at Plymouth College of Art to progress my skills in video editing and cinematography. I’m comfortable working independently or with a team. My interests lie in all things film, whether it be photography or Super 8, increasing my knowledge in the art of composition and light, which I utilise in my own work. In future I plan to use my skills to share my creative, yet somewhat absurd, ideas for others to enjoy.”

Plymouth College of Art’s 2021 Summer Shows are part of the IGNITE Festival of Creativity, which connects creative graduates, businesses and members of the public in exciting new ways to spark employability, drive community engagement and develop new creative economy opportunities across Plymouth and beyond. IGNITE runs until 19 July, putting a unique spin on the traditional art degree show model by combining online technology with physical installations and exhibitions in community spaces to showcase work by graduates from Plymouth College of Art and the University of Plymouth.

IGNITE, which has been shortlisted in the 2021 HEIST Awards for Best Student Engagement Campaign or Initiative, is supported by Plymouth City Council as part of the iMayflower project, and by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who fund the Cultural Development Fund (administered by Arts Council England).