RTS East

RTS East hosts TV networking event

More than 30 industry professionals and students gathered to make connections and chat over a drink.

Old friends and new talked about the growing production landscape here in the East of England. Businesses that have relocated from London to Norfolk spoke about the tremendous opportunities available to them and their clients, including reduced costs, lower environmental impact, and great locations and facilities.

The centre will be showcasing what the region has to offer in events throughout the year, and we’re very much looking forward to working with our new contacts.

RTS East explore the British talent behind the original Star Wars trilogy

Robert Watts and David Whiteley

Watts was one of the contributors to presenter/producer and Star Wars superfan David Whiteley’s affectionate look at the British talent behind the Star Wars phenomenon.

An audience of more than 75, including two stormtroopers, enjoyed a screening of the original 60-minute version of The Galaxy Britain Built, winner of RTS East’s Best Factual Programme and Best Post-Production awards earlier this year. 

RTS East and BBC Academy host student training sessions

Run by the BBC Academy, the event aimed to give the students an insight into working in the broadcasting industry.

The morning session on mobile journalism, taken by MoJo guru Marc Settle, gave them the skills to go out into the city and shoot and edit a film entirely on their phones. Grabbing lunch on the go, the completed films were reviewed and a Best Film award given.

RTS East visits the virtual landscape with Dr Nick Lodge

Covering a lot of ground from the humble cathode-ray tube to the latest 8k displays, Lodge explained what it takes to make a production truly immersive – so the scene feels as real as if viewers were seeing it with their own eyes.

The viewers’ vision is filled with what’s playing out before them; cuts, mixes and zooms don’t make sense in this environment. The production needs to find other ways to lead them from one scene to the next.

David Jackson on why he owes everything to TV drama

Winterlong (Credit: Nox Films)

This was just one of the questions put to director David Jackson by RTS East’s Fiona Ryder, following a screening of his impressive debut feature, Winterlong, at the Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge, in late April.

Jackson, who received his first big break from Nicola Shindler at the Red Production Company directing the RTS award-winning series Clocking Off, said he owed everything to TV drama.

RTS Republic of Ireland, RTS Scotland and RTS East appoint new centre chairs

Charles Byrne

He has served on the RoI committee since the centre launched in 1996 and took over from founding Chair Al Lennon in 2000. “Al was the inspiration for the RoI centre and it’s been a great honour to continue his work,” said Byrne.

He is proud that the centre’s Student Television Awards have grown over the past decade: “I’ve been delighted that jury chair Marie Penston and I have been able to build up the awards. For a small centre, we have enjoyed great success at the national awards in London.”

Winners of RTS 2019 East Awards announced

RTS East Awards 2019

BBC East’s The Galaxy Britain Built, which celebrated the behind-the-camera contribution of British film craft to the first Star Wars movie, was named best Factual Programme.

Three BBC East journalists won awards: Richard Westcott took the News and Current Affairs Feature award; Robby West was named best On-screen Journalist; and Jo Thewlis picked up the New Talent On Screen award. Matt Wildash took home the Post-production Craft Skills award.

From TV to Virtual Reality

Rühl was a traditional TV producer until she picked up her first 360-degree camera rig in 2015.

At the RTS event, which was held in collaboration with Cambridge research institute StoryLab, she talked about her short VR film, Keyed Alike, which was produced and written by Rühl, directed by Chloe Thomas (ITV historical drama Victoria) and stars Gemma Whelan (HBO’s Games of Thrones). It is a love story about two women who meet on a London riverside covered in love locks.