‘A Night at the Oscars’ – Monday 13th June

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Despite the inclement weather and grey skies, the Media department and its students shone brightly at the annual ‘A Night at the Oscars’ event on Monday evening. The event was the biggest of its kind to ever take place at Ratcliffe College, welcoming a colossal crowd of over 140 guests, comprised of Year 11 to 13 students, parents and staff. The evening was hosted by Mrs Bennett, herself sporting a rather Oscar-themed gold sequin dress, who introduced a range of incredible work produced as part of students’ coursework. She was ably supported behind the scenes by Media technician, Mr Lyman, responsible for visual presentation, and Miss Doig, in charge of photography, with David Ricks providing visual, sound and lighting support, in addition to the sterling efforts of the Maintenance, Housekeeping and Catering teams.

The big winner of the night was Wired, a short documentary by Alexander Duckett and William Laufs in Year 13, exploring the effects of new technology on young peoples’ cognition. This production has already secured distribution with the online television channel Leics.tv and was the only production to win two awards on the evening: Best Video Production and Production Most Likely to Succeed in a Real Media Context. A fellow success story with Leics.tv was the short film, The Art of Artistry, by Sebastian Dewhirst, James Lockton, Oliver Thornton and Charlie Whitmore (Year 13). This film won Best Cinematography for its beguiling exploration of the definition of creativity. The department has also capitalised on its connections with Leicester-based artist, Jersey Budd, most recently seen singing to a crowd of 250,000 at the Leicester City parade. Lara Addison, Harriet Ball, Adam Stamp and Natasha Walsh (Year 11) produced a fantastic music video for Jersey’s single release, Justified, and were rewarded with the Best Music Video award. Nicole McBallantine (Year 11) also designed a psychedelic print advertising campaign for the single, which resulted in her being awarded Best Brand Identity.

Other noteworthy performances include Best Advertising Campaign winners Olivia Back, Isabelle Duckett, Hannah Grinham and Alexandra Offer (Year 11) who produced an outstanding television advertising campaign for a new fashion brand, QI Clothing, and Emily Marsh, Caitlin Plummer, Lili Turner and Katie Wiselka (Year 12) whose thoughtful and emotive opening to a new social realism film, Shouting Quietly, garnered them the Best Sound award.

These are just a few of the stand-out productions of the evening and the full list of winners can be seen below. It is fair to say that the assembled audience were ‘blown away’ (in the words of one parent) by the quality and sophistication of the work on show. This sentiment was echoed by our Guest of Honour, Toby Moores. The CEO of Media creative agency, Sleepydog, Toby was delighted to present the final award of the night and expressed his wonder at all our students have achieved. They do really make us exceedingly proud.

Charlotte Bennett,
Head of Media Studies

Please visit our Youtube showcase to view this year’s video productions: www.youtube.com/ratcliffeshowcase


Award Winner

Best Original Concept in a Production Peter Cotter (Year 12)
Best Advertising Campaign Olivia Back, Isabelle Duckett, Hannah Grinham, Alexandra Offer (Year 11)
Best Direction Zainab Hussain, Emily Newberry (Year 11)
Best Editing Lilly Dosanjh, Alexander Keay, Joshua Macqueen, Megan Vincent (Year 12)
Best Sound Emily Marsh, Caitlin Plummer, Lili Turner, Katie Wiselka(Year 12)
Best Cinematography Sebastian Dewhurst, James Lockton, Oliver Thornton, Charlie Whitmore (Year 13)
Best Brand Identity Nicole McBallantine (Year 11)
Best Photography in a Print Production Shelly Lam (Year 11)
Best Video Production Alexander Duckett, William Laufs (Year 13)
Best Print Production (Editorial) Chloe Flowers (Year 13)
Best Copy in a Print Production Prajwol Khamcha (Year 12)
Best Music Video Lara Addison, Harriet Ball, Adam Stamp, Natasha Walsh (Year 11)
Production Most Likely to Succeed in a Real Media Context Alexander Duckett, William Laufs (Year 13)