The UK’s prestigious National Film and Television School (NFTS) attracts the best students, tutors and filmmakers from across the globe. Its graduates have won, and been nominated for, a vast number of Oscars®, BAFTAs® and Emmys®.
For the second consecutive year, Avid is proud to have been part of their Graduate Show, where students are awarded industry prizes for their outstanding work.
Presented by Ben Nemes, pro audio sales manager for EMEA North at Avid, the Award for Excellence in Sound Design, sponsored by Avid, went to Thomas Jenkins for his graduation fiction, ‘Those Who Are Lost’.
Chris Pow, acting head of sound design at NFTS, said of Thomas’ work: “Thomas has consistently proved himself an imaginative and skilled sound designer. He produced a really strong piece of sound design for his Grad fiction film ‘Those Who Are Lost’. The film has a bold and complex narrative, and required a soundtrack that was confident in its tone and precise in its storytelling.”
He continued: “Thomas has developed his skills over the entire period of the two year MA. He followed his own creative instincts and is starting to develop his own distinctive voice.”
Thomas said of his achievement: “The beauty of working on film is the creative reward of collaboration. The team behind ‘Those Who Are Lost’ worked tirelessly day and night and we’re delighted to win this award.”
The Award for Excellence in Editing sponsored by Avid was awarded to Meredith Mantik for her work on her graduation film, ‘Sweet Maddie Stone’.
Robin Sales, acting Head of Editing at NFTS, said: “Meredith has proved herself to be an accomplished editor during her time at the NFTS. She brings a sensitivity and creative flair to her projects. Her intelligence, hard work and imagination shows in the excellent work she has produced this year.”
Meredith said of her achievement: “Thank you so much for you honouring me with this award. It was so profoundly moving to receive it, especially after nearly of year of sitting in dark rooms trying to figure out how to make ‘Sweet Maddie Stone’ work. I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to know that all of the hard work in our little Maddie vacuum was worth it. This award makes me feel even prouder of our little film, but also proud of myself. I came to the NFTS a shy little wannabe editor, and now, graduating with this award, I feel confident that NFTS has given me everything I need to transition into the industry.”
As part of its ongoing commitment to nurturing the next generation of creative talent, Avid has also provided both graduating classes of the ‘Sound Design for Film & TV’ and ‘Editing’ MA courses copies of Pro Tools and Media Composer, respectively, with one-year support.
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