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​Success at Media Innovation Awards

Amanda Bluglass at the Media Innovation AwardsPlymouth University Associate Lecturer in Media Arts, Amanda Bluglass, together with former graduates Vince Knight and Danny Cooke have won an award at the recent Media Innovation Awards 2013.
The event celebrates the most innovative use of media and design promotes the cream of the creative industries. Their film, Beneath 360, was commissioned by ICCI, the Arts Council and the cultural Olympiad 2012 and features high board Olympic diver Tom Daley. It was shot from directly underneath the diving boards and gives a unique perspective of high board diving.
The film, which was directed by Amanda Bluglass and edited by Vince Knight, was awarded the coveted Judges' award for best film in the Creative Craft category. It can be seen at

​Britain’s Oldest Punk’s bid to recover film footage

Amanda and Danny working with VivaViva being filmed at home
82 year-old Viva Hamnell, fashion-loving, party-loving former Cornish punk rocker is to be the subject of a short portrait documentary by award-winning film director and Media Arts Lecturer, Amanda Bluglass.
The great-grandmother has joined up with the team behind the multi-award winning Ray: A Life Underwater to help her tell her story.
Viva Hamnell’s tale of her fame as a singer with Cornish punk band The Bricks in the 1970s is to be recounted in a short documentary directed by Amanda and her former Media Arts student and graduate Cinematographer Danny Cooke.
There are two films currently in production. A short version is due to be aired on Channel 4′s Shooting Gallery in the new year.
A longer film featuring original BBC footage from the 1970s will enter film festivals in 2014.

​Will Jenkins wins TwoFour Video Prize

will jenkins being interviewedMedia Arts student (just graduated) Will Jenkins won the TwoFour video prize this year.  You can see Will talk about his winning video Negative Development and about his experiences on Media Arts in this short degree show interview.

​PUMA take on Plymouth Raiders

plymouth raiders logoMedia Arts new commercial production house PUMA was commissioned to produce a video to launch the new season for Plymouth Raiders.
As we have PhD student and ex-Raiders captain Allister Gall on the PUMA staff this commission was a great one for us to take on.  Allister worked with recent graduates Ben Hancock and Will Jenkins to produce the video which has been screened on the British Basket Ball League official site as well as MPV Ultimate Basket Ball magazine. 
PUMA intend to follow this up with a number of highlight videos over the season. 

BBC takes Media Arts graduate to Nashville!

Picture of Eloise ReesBBC Introducing took three artists, nominated by their local BBC Introducing show and selected by Radio 2's Bob Harris, to the Americana Music Festival & Conference.
Eloise Rees, Media Arts grad...uate and very talented musician was selected to play the Hard Rock Café, Nashville with her band, The Giants. Eloise said:
“Well, almost a year ago, I did an interview with Elexu PR in London and when asked what would be the absolute zenith of my ambition as a young singer/songwriter, I replied ‘to play live in Nashville’. This was truly a dream come true.”

​Many Worlds

Many Worlds.jpgThe Premier of Many Worlds, an interactive film by Alexis Kirke filmed by Media Arts student Rishi Pruthi is on Saturday February 23rd at 12.30pm Jill Craigie Cinema, Plymouth University. It's being screened as part of the Algoshorts Micro-Film Festival, a feature of the the Contemporary Music Festival, hosted by Peninsula Arts

'Many Worlds' has recently been featured in many magazines and newspapers and on world wide radio. These include Wired, iMDB, BBC England, BBC World Service: ClickVerge USA, and Indie Wire
Media Arts student Rishi Pruthi is the Director of Photography for Many Worlds  and co-curator of the Algoshorts Micro-Film Festival.
Rishi Pruthi'Working on Many Worlds was a great experience. At first I didn’t really know what to think of it. I guess my initial thoughts were this project just being some kind of crazy experiment, and yes, it is, but as Alexis states in various magazines, it’s an experiment that could potentially change the way we watch movies. Having been asked to get involved was thrilling. It’s great being able to collaborate with an experienced composer to the level where we can discuss ideas for a film and make them happen without fail.

The concept of Many Worlds has been featured in Filmmaker Magazine, Wired,, BBC England, BBC Click and many more. It’s a great feeling to see a film I had major involvement in already having great publicity before the premier!'
Rishi Pruthi was mentioned in an article in Wired Magazine.

​Media Arts students win two Royal Television Society Student Awards

Danny CookeMedia Arts did it again this year at the Devon and Cornwall Royal Television Awards.  This year we won two awards out of a possible four awards for the region.  Danny Cooke won the factual category with his letter press documentary Upside Down, Left to Right.  The judges were astounded by the quality of this piece and the undoubted talent of Danny.  The second award was won by Ole Kevin Rodberg with White Narcissus in the fiction category, Ole was one of our Norwegian students and a great talent too. 

View the videos:

Upside Down, Left To Right: A Letterpress Film

White Narcissus

The RTS awards are part of the Breaking into Media careers event hosted by Plymouth University, organised by Media Innovation Network and the RTS. 

​Joshua Pflüger and Anastasia Romanchuka win international young talent award

Art&Tur logo'Being a Torero' made by Joshua and Anastasia in their second year of Media Arts has just won first place at the International Art&Tur film festival, young talents category!

View their film.

​The Lighthouse animated 16mm film wins a Young Motion Plymouth award

The animation, about a drowning sailor who is rescued by a friendly seal, was created by students from the After School Media Club at Sir John Hunt during a collaborative media arts project run by lecturer Kayla Parker.  The 'Oscar style' Young Motion Plymouth awards ceremony took place at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal.

​Latest news from Media Arts Associate Professors

John MatthiasThe Installation, 'Plasticity' by Media Arts Associate Professors, Jane Grant and John Matthias together with Nick Ryan and Kin was installed at the opening of the new Google Campus Building in London earlier in 2012. Plasticity is currently exhibited at the HWK institute for advanced study in Germany. You can see a film of it here at the BFI in London at the onedotzero 'Adventures in Motion' Festival.Plasticity

Media Arts Associate Lecturer Adrian Corker and John Matthias produced music for the sound track of the feature film 'The Domino Effect' which was premiered at the Netherlands Film Festival in October winning best director for Paula Van der Oest.  Adrian and John are currently co-scoring a new BBC drama 'The Village' which is in production for Spring 2013.

View an interview with John about his research

​Royal Television Society Student Awards

Good news! Media Arts has three films short-listed for the Royal Television Society Student Awards (Devon and Cornwall).

Factual: Danny Cook - Upside Down, Left to Right

Danny Cooke

Fiction: Ole Kevin Rodberg - White Narcissus

Ole Kevin Rodberg

Fiction: Joshua Pfluger & Anastasija Romancuka - A Glimpse Of Love

Joshua Pfluger and Anastasija Romancuka
The awards ceremony is on 29th November as part of Breaking into Media, an annual careers event at Plymouth University organised by The Royal Television Society and The Media Innovation Network.

​Lecturer's work selected for Lars Von Trier's user generated film project

Gesamt imageJohn Sealey's film Albert's Nemesis (2012) has been selected as part of Lars Von Trier’s new user-generated film project Gesamt: Disaster 501 - What Happened to Man? The four-screen installation will be shown at the Copenhagen Art Festival between October 12 and December 30. John was one of only 2 UK filmmakers to be selected for the project.
Visit the Copenhagen Art Festival website for more information.

Bill Sheikh and Chaz SinghSikh and Ye Shall Find

Media Arts student Bill Sheikh's half-hour film 'Sikh and Ye Shall Find', about Chaz Singh, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Plymouth, is being premiered as part of the city's Black History Month celebrations at a special screening event on Friday 19 October 2012 in Plymouth Central Library.

Watch this space: a showing at Plymouth University is planned for November 2012, and Sikh Channel, a free-to-air satellite broadcasting channel, and Sky Digital TV have expressed an interest in screening the film.

Read article at This is Plymouth

Tim Walker photographyMedia Arts graduate Tim Walker awarded an honorary fellowship by the royal photographic society

The fashion photographer Tim Walker, a Media Arts graduate, was awarded an honorary fellowship by the Royal Photographic society on 6 September 2012

View details of the 2012 Royal Photographic Society Awards Ceremony

Story Teller coverTim’s new book: Story Teller was released in September 2012 to coincide with his latest exhibition at Somerset House.

​Ray: A Life Underwater on Channel 4

Ray: A Life Underwater'Ray: A Life Underwater' by Danny Cooke and Amanda Bluglass was screened on Channel 4 television as part of The Shooting Gallery: Real Lives.

Ray: A Life Underwater continues to do extremely well on the festival front. Not only has it won 3 festivals to date but it has also been officially selected for the Vimeo Festival 2012 and now the prestigious AFI/DISCOVERY Channel SILVERDOCS documentary festival!

Ray: A Life Underwater’ continued festival success!

- WINNER, Adventure Category, San Francisco Ocean Film Festival 2012
- WINNER, Best Documentary, Super Shorts International Film Festival 2011
- WINNER, Grand Prix Best Film, Shoot Film Festival 2011
- Official Selection Vimeo Festival & Awards 2012
- Official Selection St. Petersburg International Film Festival 2012
- Official Selection Maui Film Festival 2012
- Official Selection Islands.doc Film Festival 2012
- Official Selection Festival MareMostra 2012
- Official Selection Inspiring Shorts 2012

​Media Arts plays its part for the 2012 Olympic Games

ICCI360During the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Maritime Mix Cultural Olympiad by the Sea celebrated cultural achievement in Weymouth, with Plymouth University’s ICCI 360 immersive, digital arena presenting a wealth of films and animations from regional, national and international artists, a breath-taking spectacle.

Treasuredome KC PorcelinaMedia Arts subject leader David Hilton and lecturers Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore showcased specially commissioned work for the event. Stuart and Kayla also curated the Treasure Dome festival of artists’ moving image. Several Media Arts students screened work or were involved in the development of 360 projects for this prestigious Olympic event. A special mention too for Jude Butcher, Media Arts graduate, who provided outstanding technical support for ICCI and the artists during the lead up to the event.

360Media Arts students involved in the Festival included: Sarah Bowman, Kim Cupples, Rishi Pruthi, Thomas Summers, Oreito Pfluger and Jeanne Blatt.  Also Jim Elton, Peter Patterson and Udo Hudelmaier of MA Contemporary Film Practice (Media Arts Masters programme).

The Cultural Olympiad 2012 was the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. It was an honour to be a part of this historic event.

​Media Arts student wins VC Award

danny.jpgDanny Cooke at the VC AwardsSecond year student Danny Cooke has won the award for Outstanding Student at this year's VC Awards

Danny was nominated for his documentaries which are a credit to the University and are raising the profile of Plymouth on an international level. Well done Danny!

Graduate wins Twofour TV prize!​

Image from Micro CosmosOreito Pfluger, who graduated with a first class degree from BA (hons) Media Arts this week, has won the Twofour TV prize for the best Media Arts Video 2012.  Oreito’s video Micro Cosmos was selected by Mark Hawkins,

Managing Director of the Twofour Group.  Mark described the video as ‘a visual and audio delight taking the viewer through the micro cosmos’. 

We wish Oreito the very best in his future career.  Check out Orieto's workView Micro Cosmos.

Lighthouse Animation Shortlisted for Film Award

An animated 16mm film about a drowning sailor who is rescued by a friendly seal, made by students from Sir John Hunt Community Sports College during a collaborative media arts project with Plymouth University, has been shortlisted for a prestigious film award.

The Lighthouse animation was created by students from the After School Media Club at Sir John Hunt during a film project run by Plymouth University, and has been shortlisted for the annual Kids for Kids UK 2012 Film Competition in the 13-19 years Animation Category.

Over the coming weeks Lighthouse will be screened in secondary schools across County Durham, along with the other shortlisted films, with the aim of inspiring hundreds of young people to get creative with media technologies. Winners will be selected by both a Youth Jury and a Professional Jury, in the following categories: Live Action, Animation, 1 Minute and Grand Prize. Winners will be announced in November.

Read more about the project ...

Watch the Lighthouse 16mm film animation film below

Graduate films on Plymouth's Big Screen​

The BBC Big Screen, Plymouth, has selected 12 videos by this year’s graduates to screen over the next few months.  Many thanks to Kevin from the BBC for watching all the Media Arts degree show videos again this year.  Congratulations to those who have been Big Screen Plymouthselected.  Some of the videos can be seen on the Media Arts gallery site

2012 BBC Big Screen Media Arts selected videos:

Scott Nelson- We Need an Explanation; Andy Warren- Solitude; James Walker- Childhood Memories; Sarah Beighton- Perception    
Vince Knight- Beneath; Joe Stutter- The Adventures of Oly and Joe; Richard Longstaffe- Split Screen; Robert Mayall- See Plymouth Love Plymouth; Elloise Rees- Livespace project; Joshua Pfluger- Underworld; Anton Cole- Cinematic Slow Motion; Rebecca Henley- When Larry met Ally  

​Local School project screened at London film festival

The Lighthouse 16mm animation, made by kids from the After School Media Club at Sir John Hunt school, and inspired by Smeaton's Tower on Plymouth Hoe, will be shown at the East End Film Festival's CineEast day at the Kobi Nazrul Centre in London on Sunday 1 July
The project was led by Kayla Parker, Media Arts lecturer and supported by Media Arts and MA Contemporary Film Practice students.

The Media Arts exhibition season is underway

Year two’s Experimental Exhibition opens on Friday 11th May 5.00 – 8.00, 1st Floor, Scott building, Plymouth University campus. For more information and a preview of some of the work check out the show website:

The final year degree show opens on June 15th. Media Arts student work will be mainly in the Scott building. This will be an exciting year with an inspiring mix of photography, video, sound and installation work on show. More information on this will be available soon. 
Image by Sarah Bowman

Student and lecturer win international film award

A Staff/Student partnership between Associate Lecturer in Media Arts, Amanda Bluglass and Second Year Media Arts student Danny Cooke garnered yet another international film festival award for the short film 'Ray: A Life Underwater'
The award was picked up by Amanda in person at the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival in the best film 'Adventure' category.

The film has to date received many other accolades, including

- Winner, 2011 SHOOT Film Festival
- Winner, Best Documentary, Super Shorts International Film Festival 2011
- Official selection, Best Documentary, London Short Film Festival 2012
- British Art Show7, 'Constellation' selection

It has also been selected for the Maui Film Festival in Hawaii in June and the St Petersburg International Film Festival in April.
Please click on the icon below to view the film (this will open up a new browser).

Amanda Bluglass and Danny Cooke film 'Ray: A Life Underwater'  Amanda and Danny have just returned from filming the first leg of a feature length documentary in Norway involving an ice sound art installation tribute to polar explorer Capt R F Scott. Amanda, Danny and Third Year Media Arts student Vince Knight are about to film Olympic diver Tom Daley for a 360 degree film for the University's ICCI 360 installation at the Olympics in Weymouth in July.

​Letterpress facilities film gets stamp of approval 

This short film about the letterpress facilities here at Plymouth University will make you yearn for an ink roller!
BA (Hons) Media Arts student Danny Cooke's quietly stylish film illustrates this centuries-old design technology.
Please click on the icon below to view the film (this will open up a new browser).
Letterpress film by Danny Cooke

Student Christoph Jehle wins a Royal Television Society (RTS) award

Christoph Jehle won a Royal Television Society (RTS) award with 'Get a grip on me' in the Entertainment category.  It was really good to have such a presence at the ceremony with so many videos shortlisted.
Get A Grip On Me has also been shortlisted for the international student awards competition at the Celtic Media Festival 2012.  The shortlisted films are the winners in their categories from each of the participating Celtic regions of the Royal Television Society Student Awards. 

The Lighthouse 16mm film animation project

The Lighthouse 16mm film animation project was initiated and led by award-wining animator Kayla Parker, who worked with students from the After School Media Club at Sir John Hunt Community Sports College, Plymouth, to create an animated film poem inspired by Smeaton's Tower. Kayla was assisted on the project by student mentors from BA Media Arts and MA Contemporary Film Practice with Plymouth University. 
Lighthouse received its premiere screening as part of the Unravel 16mm animation workshop day presented by Peninsula Arts in the Roland Levinsky Building on Saturday 5 November. 
Lead artist for the Lighthouse 16mm film animation project Kayla Parker said: 
"I've been really impressed throughout with the enthusiasm and maturity of the Sir John Hunt students. This is their first experience of animation, and they responded to the challenge with imagination and energy. It's no small feat to make a film by drawing in miniature. To create the poetic, dream-like imagery suggested by the history of Smeaton's Tower, students worked directly with pens and scalpels onto 16mm filmstrips - each 'picture frame' is only the size of a small fingernail. I'd also like to acknowledge the contribution of the student mentors with Plymouth University, who worked alongside me in the animation workshops and gave their time to supporting the Sir John Hunt students, sharing their knowledge and animation skills, and helping to document the project."
Watch the Lighthouse 16mm film animation film below

Student film on BBC big screenRishi Pruthi

Second year BA Media Arts student Rishi Pruthi's film Eternity has been selected for the BBC Big Screen and will be shown four times daily from Wed 11 Jan for 6 weeks in the Piazza, Plymouth city centre. Rishi made the film as as part of his coursework during the moving image strand for the Experiment module last term. Students were asked to create a one minute film in response to the theme 'About Time'. 
Rishi is a leading figure in Media Arts network group which organises social events as well as providing a forum for students to share ideas and support each other in the their work. 
Click on the icon below to watch the film

Associate Professor made an Honorary Associate Professor of Donghua University, Shanghai, China

Jane Grant Media Arts Associate Professor was recently made an Honorary Associate Professor of Donghua University, Shanghai, China.  Jane took time out of a busy international schedule to tour China on Media Arts behalf and spent time at this prestigious Chinese University to further develop its relationship with Plymouth and Media Arts in particular.  We look forward to many exciting opportunities for Media Arts staff and students developing from this growing connection.While not busy with Media Arts, Jane is Principal Supervisor, CiiA - Planetary Collegium. Founded and directed by Professor Roy Ascott, the CAiiA – Planetary Collegium is a PhD research program located primarily in the School of Art and Media at Plymouth University with nodes at the Nuova Accademia de Belli Arte, Milan and Hochschule fuer Gestaltung und Kunst, Zurich. The Planetary Collegium has just won the 2011 World Universities Forum Award for Best Practice in Higher Education.  Fantastic news for Roy, Jane and the rest of the Collegium team.

Exposures Festival

Exposures Film Festival logo

Three Media Arts student films have been selected for the Exposures Festival 2011. Two films by 2nd year student Danny Cooke and one by this years graduate Sam Turner.


Royal Television Society awards

Four of the 11 films short listed for the South West region Royal Television Society awards are by our very own Media Arts students.
The Neighbour, Plymouth University - Sam TurnerRTS logo
Get A Grip On Me, Plymouth University - Christoph Jehle
The Port of Plymouth Canoeing Association, Plymouth University - Jon Wirthner
Being a Torero, Plymouth University - Joshua Pfluger and Anastasija Romancuka

Breaking into media 2011 - Students treated to top tips on breaking into media 

250 students from across the South West attended the Breaking Into Media event on Monday 14 November, which was organised by Plymouth Media-Partnership for the Royal Television Society Devon and Cornwall Centre as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Sponsored by Plymouth University, University College Falmouth, Cornwall College, University College Plymouth St. Mark & St. John and Plymouth College of Art the event brought together media businesses and students from across the region. The event has been awarded the High Impact Badge of Honour by the Global Entrepreneurship organisers because it gave the delegates an opportunity to hear from respected professionals working in the sector who gave top tips on how to develop their careers.

Forthcoming events for award winners Jane Grant and John Matthias

Media Arts associate professors Jane Grant and John Matthias, with Nick Ryan and Kin have been commissioned by onedotzero to install a large audio-visual installation at the BFI on the Southbank in London at the prestigious Adventures in Motion Festival 2011.  The project will tour the UK and then internationally. 
Jane Grant will premiere her new work 'Ghost' at ISEA Istanbul / 12th Istanbul Biennial on 14th September 2011 -the work, which is a sound installation using artificial neuronal technology developed at Plymouth University will run until 15th October at the Cumhuriyet Art Gallery/ Maksem Istanbul.
The Rambert Dance Company will be unveiling a new work to the music of John Matthias and Nick Ryan's 'Cortical Songs' on October 11th and 12th at The Place in London. The work is choreographed by Jonathan Goddard and the music will be performed by the Britten Sinfonia's Tom Gould. Jane and John won the PRS New Music Award (the musical equivalent of ‘The Turner Prize’) in 2008 with The Fragmented Orchestra.

Amanda Bluglass and Danny Cooke release new documentary

Documentary maker and Media Arts associate lecturer Amanda Bluglass has just completed her latest documentary Ray: A Life Underwater. Amanda worked with Media Arts student Danny Cooke in the role of editor and director of photography.  This beautifully shot video can be seen at 
Danny has also been in the news recently when one of his previous documentaries caught the attention of Disney.  See more at: 

Graduate Tom Allen on Promonews

This years Media Arts graduate Tom Allen has had his final year video Golden chosen for the prestigious music video site Promonews.  His video has been listed as one of the best music videos by editor David Knight, who is also a founder and chief curator of BUG, the acclaimed music video strand at the BFI Southbank in London and editorial director of the UK Music Video Awards. 
Sam Turner shortlisted
Another of this year’s graduating students, Sam Turner has had his video 'The Neighbour' selected to be screened at Bristol Encounters as well as the Cornwall Film Festival.  Fingers crossed for Sam.  We are still waiting to hear news of the other student film entries in this years round of competitions.