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During 2016 / 2017 BKSTS went through a period of restructuring and rebranding emerging as
The International Moving Image Society.
 
To see the most recent news and blogs of things happening within the Society visit its new developing website www.societyinmotion.com
Below is an archive of some of the Society's Accreditation related events 2012 - 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

UK Government's QAA (Quality Assurance Authority),

Chinese Ministry of Education, & Universities,

invite BKSTS Accreditation Advice & Contributions to their HE Work

       

Our Accreditation Co-ordinator, Mark Trompeteler, was recently invited by the QAA, the national UK body responsible for the standards in degree education within the UK, to join a distinguished panel of UK academics. The panel drafted the national subject benchmark statements for many of the degrees in our industry areas. These national guidelines were published and distributed to all UK universities in late 2016.
 
Mark was also recently invited to meet with a delegation of high ranking colleagues from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a number Chancellors and Vice Chancellors from Chinese universities to talk to them about BKSTS Accreditation. The Chinese government is about to embark on a major national review and development of vocational degrees, starting initially with those degrees aimed at their hospitality and catering and moving image industries. As a representative of IMIS, on their recent visit to the UK, Mark was invited to consult with them.

 

 
510 SHORT FILM ENTRIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
 
The BKSTS / National Media Museum
International

 

Student Widescreen Film of the Year Competition - 2016

 

 
BKSTS and the Film Team at National Media Museum co-operated  again for a third year to provide a competition and prestigious showcase opportunity for student and graduate film makers who are fully exploiting wonderful widescreen aesthetics and production values. From a staggering 510 entries from young film makers and film schools around the world the overall winner came from The National Film School at Lodz in Poland. "The Undersigned", is a powerful film which fully exploits widescreen cinematography, aesthetics and production values in a visually stunning way. It also used sound to great effect. The prize for for the “Best use of Widescreen and Technical Excellence from a BKSTS Accredited Institution" went to film maker Matthew Jeffrey from Staffordshire University for his film "Henry". The event at the National Media Museum on the 13th. October was hosted by  Mark Trompeteler with Professor Sir Christopher Frayling giving a brief review of the short listed films and presenting certificates on stage. Each winner was able to undertake a A “Demo-Day” for 2 – 3 students from the wining team, at the Red Cameras Facility, at the world famous Pinewood Studios, when the winners are able to get a practical glimpse at the latest high end digital motion picture and other cameras from Red, as guests of Red.

 

         
      
 
Another Great Annual Accreditation Event: Wednesday 6th. July 2016
 
 
Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Christie once again, and the kind support of the BFI Technical  Operations Team, our annual event for accredited and approved courses was held at NFT 3 at BFI Southbank, London, again.
 
Martin Uren gave a fascinating talk on filming for VR, and an overview of basic visual grammar for VR. There was a great on stage interview with Annie Conlon about her experience of breaking into the TV industry and navigating a career in that competitive industry. A Q & A session with students followed. Courses were able to showcase recent graduation work in this great venue. All this with drinks and networking afterwards made for another great event.
 
January 2016: - The first ever BKSTS ChEFF (£1000) Award
to a Graduate of a BKSTS Accredited Broadcast Engineering Course
 

Thanks to a bequest from the former ChEFF - the Chief  Engineers of Facilities Forum, BKSTS has recently introduced a new award of £1000 for the most innovative broadcast engineering course project from a broadcast / image / media engineering course accredited by BKSTS. Roland Brown, President of BKSTS, and former Director of Engineering at the Moving Picture Company  visited the four broadcast engineering courses in summer 2015 as students graduated. The winning project "Android Hybrid Radio Protoype" was celebrated with the award of a £1000 cash prize that was presented to Lee Hulse from Ravensbourne who graduated in 2015 with a 1st class BSc (Hons) in Broadcast Systems Technology. The bequest will facilitate a further four such wards in the next four years.

 

Students get a detailed insight into the challenges
and satisfactions of "A Day in the Life of A Visual Effects Supervisor"
Students - that on this occasion were principally from Greenwich University, their tutors, and other BKSTS members were rewarded with a highly informative evening at one of the BKSTS meetings held in the Autumn of 2015. Marcus Dryden, from the Moving Picture company gave us a detailed insight into how he developed his career - now working as a visual effects supervisor. The evening was rich in detail and useful information and Marcus also answered the numerous questions that students and others raised. As always drinks and refreshments made it a great evening at the Medi-Cinema near London Bridge.
 
                 
 
BKSTS 2015 Student Widescreen Film of the Year Success
Friday 16th October 2015 PM at Pictureville Cinema, NMM Bradford
in front of an international film festival audience
 
  
A shortlist of 10 short films, chosen from the 65 entries received this year, for the “BKSTS/NMM Student Widescreen Film of the Year”, was screened at the  National Media Museum – the second year that BKSTS & NMM had run this competition. Following on from a presentation by  double Academy Award winner, Paul Franklin, and with another Oscar winner, Douglas Trumbull, in the international audience, and following on from a 70mm presentation of  “Interstellar”, there was absolutely no pressure on the student work or the students present in the audience. The students’ films looked very good on the big screen and audience members, including cinema legend Douglas Trumbull, spoke to the students afterwards, - all commented on the very high quality of the short student widescreen films. The winners were  “Maya” ( Dir: Bhimsen Lama  Prod: Tom Cullingham  ) from Ravensbourne College, and Deep Pan Fury ( Dir: Charles Dennis  Prod: Ismail Guluev  ) from UCA, Farnham Film School. Both film makers won cameras from Black Magic Design.
 
 
   
 
 
BKSTS Sponsors 2015
 
"Rising Stars" Programme at IBC Amsterdam
 
 
   
 
In September BKSTS was delighted to be the Gold Sponsor for this year's excellent two day 2015 "Rising Stars" Programme at IBC Amsterdam. A packed two day programme featured a lot information about content creation, production and distribution online. Emerging young content creators are evolving  traditional programme and content formats and delivering them in new ways on web platforms. Students from over 27 different European universities attended the two days. BKSTS's own Martin Uren, Chair of BKSTS Education & Training,  delivered an item on Virtual Reality Visual Grammar.
 
       
 
 
Annual Accreditation Scheme Event  “Hot Topics & Work In Progress”
Thursday 9th. July 2015 at NFT3, BFI Southbank

 

  

July 9th saw the BKSTS Education and Training Group take over NFT3 at BFI Southbank for an afternoon entitled ‘Hot Topics and Work in Progress’. This, the eighth such event, provided an interesting combination of talks from leading industry experts, screenings of films made by students from colleges at Farnham, Brighton, Bournemouth, Staffordshire and Sheffield Hallam, and some fascinating discussions about topics of particular relevance to film and media courses.
 
The afternoon consisted of screenings of work from the students, introduced by their tutors, who were encouraged to highlight ‘hot topics’ that are particularly affecting their courses, interspersed with technical talks. BKSTS CTC member Chris Connett from Christie brought the audience up to date with the latest happenings in cinema exhibition. Chris introduced us to the Premium Large Format cinemas that are currently ‘on trend’, explaining about immersive sound systems and the potential for better images that higher dynamic range and higher frame rates make possible.

 

Arri’s Milan Krsljanin gave an in-depth presentation entitled “Big Pictures: Spectacular Quality Images”, in which he ranged widely  giving details of higher resolution, higher dynamic range and higher frame rate images, telling the students that there is far more to spectacular images than numbers of pixels - we also need the better pixels that the new technologies make possible. Without any commercial ‘push’ he explained the capabilities of Arri’s latest range of cameras, including the Alexa 65 and its smaller siblings, and left us in doubt that the new generations of large sensor cameras will be able to more than cope with the increasing demands of the industry for ever better pictures.
 
Martin Uren, Chair of the BKSTS Education and Training Group, has long practical experience of 3D production at the lower-cost end of the market, which has gained him a deserved reputation as a ‘guru’ in this field. He took us through the basics of 3D production and showed examples of different types of 3D cameras and ‘rigs’. It was fascinating to see some of the experimental work which he and his students have produced, including a piece where dancers filmed against a green-screen were superimposed on some interesting 3D material shot in a forest.
 
A key part of the day was the opportunity for students to talk with experienced members of the industry, and a drinks reception in the BFI Atrium at the end of the afternoon saw many enthusiastic conversations between students and practitioners from many different areas of our business.
 
Thanks to Christie for their generous sponsorship of the event, and to the excellent BFI technical team for making it all possible.
 

 

 
2015 Reps Meeting at Pinewood Studios
 
hosted by Sony Digital Motion Picture Centre, Europe.
 
Student reps from accredited and approved courses used all kinds of travel routes to visit us at the world  famous Pinewood Studios for a another meeting with members of the Society's Education and Training Group. Afterwards the team at Sony's Pinewood Centre, Matt, Richard & Pablo, chatted with students about 4K workflow and basic approaches to post production using Raw and the emerging trends in motion picture capture. The team at Sony kindly provided a great sandwich lunch and soft drinks in their hospitality area. Students were able to inspect some great Sony Digital Motion Picture Cameras set up on their training set. Again students from different courses from across the country were able  to meet up and chat with one another.

 

 
2015 Bernard Happé Lecture & Annual Awards Event
 
The Bernard Happé Lecture & Annual BKSTS Awards Event took place in Central London on the evening of March 2nd at the new MediCinema at Guy’s Hospital. Many professionals from the industry attended with some receiving awards. Much chat and networking took place over an excellent selection of still and sparkling wines and buffet food.
 
Among the award recipients were Anna Mansi of the BFI, Fiona Clarke-Hackston the CEO of BSAC, Carol Brierley of the CTBF, Amanda Berry the CEO of BAFTA and Rebecca O'Brian a producer of many films and in particular all of Ken Loach's notable recent output.

  

Anna Mansi & Sir Sydney Samuelson                                                    Rebecca O'Brian & Sir Sydney Samuelson

A Fistful of Sirs
 
Attendees also included two knights of the realm – Sir Christopher Frayling and Sir Sydney Samuelson who were both honoured that evening. Sir Sydney was presented with the first ever BKSTS Lifetime Achievement Award and Sir Christopher Frayling was presented with an Honorary Fellowship of the BKSTS. Sir Christopher gave the annual Bernard Happé lecture which was on the subject that he is an expert – Sergio Leone. The lecture had a strong emphasis on both the production and aesthetic aspects of Italian westerns was very much enjoyed. Accreditation Scheme Co-ordinator Mark Trompeteler photographed the two Sirs at the end of the evening in a Sergio Leone style.

 

 

Bournemouth University
 
Post Graduate Courses
 
Gain BKSTS Accreditation

 

 

At The Bernard Happé Lecture & Annual BKSTS Awards Event Mark Bond of Bournemouth University received their Certificate of Accreditation for their courses: MA Cinematography for Digital Film & Television,  MA Directing Digital Film & Television, MA Post Production Editing & MA Sound Design for Film & Television. 

 

                                         
 
"Hot Topics & Work in Progress" 2014 Event at NFT2
 
Sponsored by Christie, in late June, over sixty students and staff from accredited and approved courses attended the afternoon Workshop / Conference with presentations from industry professionals on current Hot Topics within the industry.
Eugenie von Tunzelmann, from Framestore, joined us hot from the wrap party of Chris Nolan's latest film "Interstellar" to talk about carving out a career as a computer special effects supervisor and how to get there.
Angela Gordon, a member of BKSTS Council, spoke about winning shorts commissions, promoting & marketing shorts and shorts as an industry career start. 
Peter Wilson, a well known Fellow of the BKSTS, spoke about the role of the Digital Image Technician and particularly  what knowledge base DITs need to know and understand to become employable and effective.
                               
The afternoon presentations were interspersed with short presentations from each of the accredited / approved courses showing clips of student work and highlighting production issues back at campus.

 

      

 

 
2014 BKSTS / NMM Student Widescreen Film of the Year Event at Bradford
 
In a first co-operation between BKSTS and the Bradford International Film Festival team at NMM the BKSTS  /  National Media Museum Student Widescreen Film of the Year 2014 competition was held earlier this year. Entries were invited from courses within the BKSTS Accreditation Scheme and a shortlist of six films was screened to an international film festival audience on the afternoon of Friday 11th. April. The overall winner was “Howl” and a winner’s certificate was presented to Claire Barwell, the course leader from UCA Farnham Film School, by Professor Sir Christopher Frayling with Mark Trompeteler, the BKSTS Accreditation Scheme Co-ordinator, introducing the event. A certificate of commendation was presented to Dan Hopkins, the course leader from Staffordshire University, for the film “Secret Shelters” for its superb use of widescreen framing, composition and widescreen aesthetics.
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Mark Foligno,  Executive Producer "The Kings Speech"
 
is Keynote Speaker at the 2014 BKSTS / Bernard Happé Awards Event
 
Students mixed with influential industry professionals at the BKSTS 2014 Bernard Happé Awards Event held at The London Film Museum on London's South Bank. Keynote speaker for the evening was Mark Foligno, Chairman and producer MoliFilm, who was executive producer for the film "The Kings Speech". Other industry professionals attending the evening included Stuart Penn from the Framestore team behind the Academy Award winning film "Gravity", Floella Benjamin, Anita Harris, Sir Sydney Samuelson, Ian Dunleavy, CEO The Pinewood Studios Group, Richard Salmon lead research engineer at the BBC and many others.
 
                                                            
Mark Foligno                                                                                        Claire Barwell & Baroness Floella Benjamin
Farnham Film School's Re-Accreditation Marks a 25 Year Association with BKSTS
 
Claire Barwell, course leader for the well known BA(Hons) Film Production Course at the UCA Farnham campus, was presented with their accreditation certificate by Baroness Floella Benjamin at this year's BKSTS Awards Ceremony at The London Film Museum on London's South Bank. Their recent re-accreditation marks a twenty five year association with BKSTS.
 

 

Student Reps Meeting at The Groucho Club, London,
 
followed by "Backstage Tour" at The Moving Picture Company
 
Student reps from accredited and approved courses travelled to the famous Groucho Club, right in the middle of Soho's post production neighbourhood,  for a meeting with members of the Society's Education and Training Group. Afterwards BKSTS sponsor and supporter, MPC, hosted a "backstage tour"  of their company's facilities in nearby Wardour Street. Students reps met the head of recruitment and met and chatted with employees of MPC to learn more about the everyday work of a major international  post and effects company. MPC kindly provided some liquid refreshment in their hospitality area when students from different courses from across the country we able  to chat with one another.
 
 

SHEFFIELD HALLAM

UNIVERSITY GAINS ACCREDITATION

 

Society Patron Sir Sydney Samuelson presents Debbie Balin with the University's Certificates of  Accreditation for six of their courses, with colleagues Brian Tweedale (L) and Christopher Hall (R) in attendance.

The presentation took place at The 2013 Sixth Annual BKSTS Student Film Show at BFI Southbank.

Christie Sponsors Sixth Annual BKSTS Student Film Show

 
Some of the students at this year's 2013 show pose with Sir Sydney Samuelson
Students on courses accredited or associated with the BKSTS, once again had the opportunity of recently screening their work at the National Film Theatre on London’s South Bank. Representatives at the show included ones from Brighton Film School, Greenwich, Sheffield Hallam and Staffordshire Universities, as well as from University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham, and Ravensbourne.

         

 BKSTS Arranges Film Festival Screening for Farnham Graduate Film "Pantheon"           

 

At the Widescreen Weekend strand of the 2013 Bradford International Film Festival BKSTS was able to provide an opportunity for the screening of a widescreen short film “Pantheon”, a recent graduation film from the well respected and BKSTS Accredited BA (Hons) in Film Production Course at the University for Creative Arts, from their Farnham campus film school, directed by Frederick Lloyd. This beautifully realised and executed short film made by students, was in one or two places reminiscent of a Ridley Scott film, but made successfully on a miniscule student budget. The film was extremely well received at the film festival by an international audience that included film industry professionals from Los Angeles.

 with evidence that students work hard collectively to produce work of a high standard.

 2013 BKSTS Annual Student Film Show Date Announced as Tuesday 2nd. July           

Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Christie once again, and the kind support of the BFI Technical  Operations Team, our annual show of student films from courses accredited or approved by the BKSTS will be held at NFT 3 at BFI Southbank, London, again this year.
 
Please put the date in your diaries.
If you are an industry colleague and would like to attend please do contact our co-ordinator.  Contact Us

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
A March 2013 Accreditation Visit resulted in the four degree courses in Broadcast Engineering at Ravensbourne College being awarded full BKSTS Accreditation status for the next five years. The accreditation panel were also able to see first hand, and in some detail, the sate of the art facilities installed in this relatively newly built HEI, built right by the O2 Arena on the North Greenwich Peninsula in London.
 
 
 
Ravensbourne
 
Broadcast Engineering Degrees
 
Gain Accreditation
 
 
 
 
 
vidence that students

Nik Powell,  Director of the National Film and Television School

is Keynote Speaker at the 2013 BKSTS / Bernard Happé Awards Event

work hard collectively to produce work of a high standard.

Students mixed with influential industry professionals at the BKSTS 2013 Bernard Happé Awards Event held at The London Film Museum on London's South Bank.
 
Keynote speaker for the evening was Nik Powell, who has been the Director of the National Film and Television School since 2005 whilst he still remains non-executive chairman of Scala Productions and holds a number of other key posts within influential British and European film and media industry bodies.
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             After a long association between Brighton Film School and the BKSTS - the One Year Diploma in Cinematography & Directing was the first ever course to Gain BKSTS Approved Course status in the new BKSTS Course Approval Scheme.
 
 
                 
 
 
 
 
First Course Approval
 
Awarded at
 
Brighton Film School
 

vidence that students work hard collectively to produce work of a high standard.

 

 

Photograph Courtesy of Brighton Film School

 

                               STAFFORDSHIRE UNIVERSITY

GAINS RE - ACCREDITATION

John Holden, David Wheeler and students from Staffordshire University celebrated their long standing relationship with the BKSTS when they were presented with their accreditation certificate by Society President Roland Brown recently. Commenting on their undergraduate BA(Hons) programmes in Media (Film) Production, Experimental Film Production and Advertising and Commercial Film Production the BKSTS report concluded " that there was a really positive, industrious, creative and professional “atmosphere” associated with these courses, with evidence that students work hard collectively to produce work of a high standard. ", with evidence that students work hard collectively to produce work of a high standard.

GREENWICH UNIVERSITY COURSES GAIN ACCREDITATION
 
 
 
The first post graduate programme to gain BKSTS accreditation  was recognised recently when Professor Christopher Woollard was  presented with an accreditation certificate for Greenwich University  by society patron Sir Sydney Samuelson at NFT3, BFI Southbank.  The MA / MSc. in Cinematography and Post Production together with the BSc in Digital Film Production and the BSc Film and Television  Production (BBC) were awarded accreditation following visits  earlier in the year.
 

Christie Sponsors Fifth Annual BKSTS Student Film Show

Some of the students at this year's 2012 show pose with Sir Sydney Samuelson and Roland Brown
Students on courses accredited or associated with the BKSTS, a film industry professional body, had the opportunity of recently screening their work at the National Film Theatre on London’s South Bank. Representatives at the show included ones from Brighton Film School, Greenwich, Sheffield Hallam and Staffordshire Universities, as well as from University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham, and Ravensbourne. Students showcased their work to an invited audience which included Sir Sydney Samuelson CBE, patron of the BKSTS, who started work as a rewind boy in the projection room of his local cinema and went on to found one of the leading companies that supplied the British and European film industries for many years, and worked on all the major David Lean films. He was a founding member and then a subsequent chair of BAFTA for a number of years. Students were delighted that a veteran stalwart of the British film industry attended their event.  Roland Brown, President of the BKSTS, and former Director of Engineering at one of the world’s leading post production and special effects companies, based in London, MPC, was also in attendance. At the end of the screening Sir Sydney and Roland Brown presented staff from Greenwich and Staffordshire Universities with Certificates of Accreditation for courses at their institutions. Mark Trompeteler, organiser of this yearly screening, commented that “the standard of work produced by students graduating from BKSTS accredited courses this year was particularly outstanding”. The screening was sponsored by Christie, the major international manufacturer of digital cinema projectors, and was made possible thanks to the close support of the BFI Technical Operations Team.

         

2012 BKSTS Annual Student Film Show Date Announced as Thursday12th. July           
Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Christie once again, and the kind support of the BFI Technical  Operations Team, our annual show of student films from courses accredited or approved by the BKSTS will be held at NFT 3 at BFI Southbank, London, again this year.
 
Please put the date in your diaries. If you are an industry colleague and would like to attend please do contact our administrator. 
 
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