Opportunity to be Brilliant

In 2012, we embarked on a new initiative, aimed at students and recent graduates about to start their professional life.

The Chemistry Group wanted to illustrate 4 case studies in video, for theire website. Manifesta suggested to set up competitive process that would give creative students and recent graduates a first professional experience - to make short films illustrating some Chemistry case studies, responding to a client brief. So we launched a competitive Call for video proposals, with a description of 4 case studies to be turned into short films.

In addition to the opportunity to make their film during a two-week production workshop - with studio space, equipment and a professional team to help and support selected applicants - the Call included a prize award of £1,000 for each of the 4 award winners. 

The four selected young participants came from different colleges/universities: Sarah Bick, recent graduate from Wimbledon School of Arts and the London College of Communication; Michael Julings, Falmouth graduate illustrator; Becky Weston, Kingston University film-making student; and Film Production graduate from Herefordshire University, Jake Warren.

Opportunity to be Brilliant participants

The production workshop took place during the Easter break at ACAVA studios in West London - and each of them brought to the project their original creative approach. The result is 4 great films, very different from each other.

The premiere screening took place at Channel 4 last May, where the young film-makers received their £1,000 award. 

A big thank you to film contributors Joel Neale who created the sounds for Michael's film; Patrick Bate, music composer, and actors Tom Prior and Hormuzd Todiwala who all contributed to Jake's film.

Project leader and producer Marion Vargaftig worked with Matthew Thomas and Riffat Ahmed - two talented and creative film-makers - to ensured the smooth running of the production workshop.

View the films

To watch the films, click on the names below.

Becky Weston 

Michael Julings

Sarah Bick

Jake Warren

View a slide show presentation for information and images of the process.

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