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Lights, Camera, Action for student Spielberg

Published: December 7, 2017

St Austell 16-18

An aspiring filmmaker from St Austell is among the talent being showcased at a prestigious UK student film awards.

Eighteen-year-old Andrew Williamson, who studied A-levels in Film and Media at Cornwall College St Austell, is in the running for this year’s WJEC Moving Image Awards, which recognises the UK’s most talented young film-makers.

Andrew submitted entries in two categories for the awards and said his biggest interest about filmmaking is cinematography.

“Having used a camera for photography and making little movies with my brother and friends, I found that I really enjoyed framing up shots and finding the best angles to film from,” he continued.

Andrew’s submissions to the awards include a short psychological horror film entitled ‘Vicky’ which was heavily influenced by Australian film The Babadook and a stunning time-lapse music video which uses many local areas including Carlyon Bay as a backdrop.

“The music video was made for my extended project qualification during my A-levels,” he continued.

“I was always set on making a film to add to my portfolio for university and the idea to do time lapses was inspired by my Dad who suggested it after seeing the process used in nature documentaries. I would spend a lot of early mornings and late nights trekking out to Carlyon Bay in order to shoot as many time lapses as possible.”

A-level Film Lecturer from Cornwall College St Austell Nick Roberts said Andrew was” a real pleasure to teach, as he was highly engaged in film and worked very hard”.

“He is talented in all aspects of film-making but his highest skills lie in sound editing, where he is excellent,” he asserted.

“The soundscape he produced for his piece which has been entered in the ‘film extract’ category of the awards was truly impressive. I am very happy that my students are producing such work, and am proud of his efforts and ability.”

This year, A-Level students from Cornwall College St Austell celebrated another year of excellent results with an impressive 22 subjects achieving 100% pass rates. But it was Andrew and his fellow Film Studies students who were the stars of the show, boasting 100% A* to B grades overall. Since finishing studying his A-levels, Andrew has progressed to university and is currently in his first year of a Film Production degree at the University of Derby.

To see Andrew’s films, please visit: www.youtube.com/TheManateeRebel

For more information on the range of A-levels available at Cornwall College St Austell, please visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.

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