The Future of S4C panel
Michael Surcombe of aerial filming company, Leaping Wing, demonstrated some of the latest drone filming equipment at the BBC Club in Cardiff on the 6th September. He explained that, “Just a few years ago, when I worked for the BBC’s Innovation Lounge, we only had access to one drone, but now they’re everywhere, and are so light they can be carried in a small satchel and can be up and running in just a few minutes."
September: Eisteddfod event - TV Comedy in Wales
In the Sinemaes tent this year, RTS Wales held a discussion event on TV Comedy, and a screening of the remarkable film, Dal:Yma/Nawr (Still: Here/Now), a documentary about Welsh poetry. The discussion covered the need to take risks, develop new talent, and whether it is possible to identify specific elements that are intrinsic to on-screen comedy in Wales.
May: RTS Wales at the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
Broadcast consultant, Euryn Ogwen Williams, chaired this year’s RTS Wales event, “The Search for Little Flanders”, in Llanelli, on May 16th. As a patron of the Festival, he became interested in the Heritage Lottery funded restoration and digital content project, based around St Jerome’s Church in the village of Llangwm, south Pembrokeshire, which would have to close unless a £2K repair bill could be met.
May: RTS Wales at the Celtic Media Festival
The Welsh drama series Keeping Faith/Un Bore Mercher was the subject of an RTS Wales panel discussion in Llanelli on the 3rd of May. The series, which stars Eve Myles as a lawyer whose husband unexpectedly goes missing, was the most downloaded non-network programme on iPlayer. Made in both English and Welsh, it was a co-commission for S4C and BBC Wales and the focus of the discussion was the ‘back-to-back’ nature of the production.
Ebrill: Dyfodol S4C
Yn dilyn yr Adolygiad a gyhoeddwyd yn ddiweddar gan yr Adran dros Ddiwylliant, y Cyfryngau a Chwaraeon, ac a ysgrifennwyd gan Euryn Ogwen Williams, cynhaliodd RTS Cymru ddigwyddiad ar 19 Ebrill ym Mhrifysgol De Cymru i drafod dyfodol S4C. Roedd Euryn Ogwen Williams yn un o aelodau’r panel mewn trafodaeth, a gadeiriwyd gan Ruth McElroy, Athro yn y Diwydiannau Creadigol, ynghyd â Phrif Weithredwr S4C Owen Evans, a Chadeirydd S4C, Huw Jones.
April: Future of S4C
Following the recently published DCMS Review of S4C, authored by Euryn Ogwen Williams, RTS Wales hosted an event to discuss the broadcaster’s future at the University of South Wales on April 19th. Ogwen Williams was one of the panel members in the ATRiuM, in a discussion chaired by Ruth McElroy, Professor of Creative Industries, along with S4C Chief Executive Owen Evans and S4C Chairman, Huw Jones.
January: Student Television Awards and USW Industry Day
Our Awards evening on the 31st January was preceded by an Industry Day, which featured a full programme of events linked to the launch of the university’s new Film and TV School, including a conference on the future of the TV industry in Wales, an industry fair, 1:1 sessions with commissioners, and It’s My Shout short film screenings.