NaSTA Award Winners 2011

NaSTA Award Winners 2011

NaSTA Best Broadcaster 2011

Judging Panel: Graham Little – Freelance Broadcaster (BBC/RTE/SKYSPORTS)
Mark Linsey – BBC, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning
Stephen Mitchell – BBC, Deputy Director of News and Head of News Programmes

Winner: LSTV


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Graham Little:

Great graphics on introduction of show reel and big names interviewed. A wide range of issues covered and entertainment provided. Professionally shot and edited.

Mark Linsey:

Strong coverage and very thoughtful in execution and production values. Good use of exterior shooting.

Stephen Mitchell:

Some outstanding presentation and real ambition, great sense of being out and about perhaps a few more clearer signposts would have helped appreciation by a newcomer not familiar with what LSTV has achieved over the year.

Highly Commended: YSTV


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Graham Little:

Large variety of programming of great relevance to their audience. Intelligent, innovative use of social media, and a widening of the station’s influence made for a very positive year.

Mark Linsey:

Very comprehensive broadcaster with wide range of coverage and good presentation.

Stephen Mitchell:

Totally gripping 10 minutes, fast paced without losing the viewer, clever editing on creative content illustrating good use of location and impressive appreciation of the importance of good sound as well as vision.

NaSTA The Tim Marshall Award for Special Recognition 2011

Judge: Tim Marshall – JANET(UK), CEO

Winner: CUTV


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CUTV has shown great initiative and persistence to grow over the past 4 years and based on that firm foundation, in that relatively short time, has established itself as a leading station with a broad range of programming and valuable partnerships. They have focused largely on a factual and have particularly become involved in “real world” events such as sport, the Welsh BAFTA’s and have been able to produce content with star talent at these major events. The unit has also focused on some corporate social responsibility productions, giving balance to the programme portfolio. They have successfully upscaled their equipment and room space by negotiation as well as securing funding from the Union. The industry evening has been particularly successful helping members to forge closer relationships with the professional community which also lays a foundation for future career opportunities. The station has gained the respect of external agencies, such as being allowed to use media facilities at the Millennium Stadium. The station warrants the Special Recognition Award because in a relatively short time they have overcome many challenges to become a broad ranging and mature student TV operation.

Highly Commended: NU:TV


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This station has been in existence for barely 12 months and yet has made some significant achievements in that year. Starting in a difficult climate the station has 32 regular volunteers with over 100 volunteers involved in various projects. What was impressive with this entry was the clear focus and forging of key relationships to make significant progress in the early stages. The station has taken on a broad range of programming but keeping very much in mind the student audience. It is noteworthy that the station in its first year came runner-up in an NUS national competition. A key component in the success has been getting key stakeholders involved such as the VP Communications and Involvement – this has been critical to getting a wider level of support. The station has managed to get funding from the Alumni, has a clear strategy and has invested well in building its brand across the student community. For so much progress in such a short time NU:TV is a worthy runner-up for the Special Recognition Award.

 

NaSTA Best On-Screen Male 2011

Judge: Ore Oduba – BBC Newsround & BBC Sport, Presenter and NaSTA Best On-Screen Male 2008

Winner: Chris Wells (Demon TV)


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I don’t want to say it, because Chris probably hears it too many times per week, but he’d give Jack Black a run for his money in a ‘Being Jack Black’ competition. But just like Jack Black, after seeing some of him I wanted to see more of him. Why is it only two minutes long?? If Chris had showed off his talent on-screen for another few minutes he’d have been very difficult to beat, not just difficult to beat. That said, in that short time, I wouldn’t be surprised if we were seeing Chris on TV soon. He’s got loads of character, has a lot of fun and that all comes pouring out on screen. There aren’t too many people that can stand in front of a plain background delivery pieces to camera and you want to keep watching them. He’s confident, got great entertainment value and he obviously knows his stuff when it comes to films – excellent scripting too.

Highly Commended: James Goldburn (LSUTV)


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This is a really well edited showreel. Good camera work, lots of good different backdrops and it really shows off James ability. It’s not easy to make Gordon Brown look like he’s worth watching, but with James’s mic in his face it helped! James looks very comfortable on screen, as a studio host, in a live broadcast, reporting on the ground or in front of a green screen. I would have liked to see more of James’s personality applied across the wide variety of shows he does – he’s obviously very confident when he’s delivering to camera, but when he’s able to add his own character to his roles he’s very good. As soon as James pins down exactly what kind of presenter he wants to be I think he’ll be fantastic.

 

NaSTA Best On-Screen Feale 2011

Judge: Lisa Rogers – BBC Wales, Presenter

Winner: Harriet Brampton (NUTS)


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Warm and likeable, needs to work on slowing down delivery, relaxed interview style.

Highly Commended: Briony Lammas (LSUTV)


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Very warm and natural, she’s very good.

Highly Commended: Danielle Bevan-Jones (NTV)


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Looks amazing…great style…could work on relaxing her voice.

 

NaSTA Best Technical Achievement 2011

Judge: Rowan de Pomerai – BBC Future Media & Technology, Engineer

Winner: YSTV


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The reason why this wins is that it seems like a real piece of engineering – building your own technical solution, involving both assembling hardware and writing software control code. You explained the problem you have and I understood how you have solved it with this non-trivial solution. The only thing you might have done better is given me a little more technical detail, as I did feel the explanation left some details to my imagination. However, a picture says a thousand words, and the diagram was helpful. Well done.

Highly Commended: MADTV


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If I was to criticise, I could say that this entry was more mechanical than technical  But it’s really great to see you taking initiative to build things yourselves in order to improve the quality of your output. It’s impressive to see this kind of home-brew attitude, rather than just plugging together bits of tech that someone else has developed for you. Good work.

 

NaSTA Best Live Programme 2011

Judge: Paul Ryan – ESPN, Head of Event Operations

Winner: LSUTV


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I cannot fault this production. Every element has been carefully planned and executed, from the evocative, although slightly ponderous opener, to the both interested and interesting pundits in the studio, this was a thoroughly professional show. The commentator and co-commentator knew when to speak and when to let the pictures and sound tell the story. The match coverage was excellent including use of close-ups during play and for crowd reaction. Replays and graphics were used effectively. Broadcaster sets out to achieve, to make the viewing experience as near to being there as possible.

Highly Commended: Warwick TV


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Great opening sequence, vox pops good. Enthusiastic presenters coped very well with last minute changes. Good multi-camera direction and sound.

 

NaSTA Best Title Sequence 2011

 

Judge: Kevin Cooney – Boxframe, Managing Director & Owner

Winner: UniTV


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Nice title animation with nice art work, good footage montage to the music, with good straps.

Highly Commended: LSUTV


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Nice footage cut integrated the graphics and text well.

Highly Commended: STOIC TV


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Nice title animation idea, text should have animated to a settle.

 

NaSTA Best Documentary 2011

Judging Panel: Charlotte Moore – BBC, Commissioning Editor Documentaries
Tom Brisley – Darlow Smithson Productions, Creative Director

Winner: LSTV


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Charlotte Moore:

Without doubt the most insightful and interesting of all the student protest films, and I think the most accomplished film overall. Beyond reportage of what happened, the film presented an intelligent analysis of what happened, what the protestors achieved and why the protests failed. Really good interviews with an impressive range of voices and perspectives. Very good storytelling with a clear sense of purpose up front and insightful interviews.

Tom Brisley:

One of the three best protest films – if not the best. Easy to see that a lot of effort and research went into this film that analysed why the march went wrong. Good insightful interviews and well balanced storytelling and journalism.

Highly Commended: Demon TV


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Charlotte Moore:

I really enjoyed this clever entertaining and accessible approach to a very serious subject. It could so easily have felt preachy and patronising but the experiential storytelling and interviews meant the filmmakers managed to keep the right balance of humour and insightful comment. I thought it was a really well produced and edited piece of work.

Tom Brisley:

A well filmed, produced, structured and topical piece. A clever and entertaining way of getting across a serious message. The approach wouldn’t have looked out of place on BBC3.

NaSTA Open Category 2011

 

Judge: Ade Rawcliffe – Channel 4, Media Project Manager, Creative Diversity

Winner: LSTV


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Ambitious and well executed.

Highly Commended: UniTV


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High production values, broadcast quality.

NaSTA Best News Programme 2011

Judge: James Laidler – BBC Breakfast, Senior Producer & Social Media Editor

Winner: Trent TV


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Headlines would be nice – particularly if you’re not interested in sport (esp. since second story is quite scary, students evacuated etc, would prob have made it the lead in fact). Good studio, very attractive. Very high production values and good writing – well put together packages. Nice to use a live and over sequence to mix-up running order. Could very easily be a BBC local TV bulletin, it’s certainly better than some I’ve seen!! A brilliant effort and hard to fault.

Highly Commended: QMTV


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Staid delivery but balanced reporting of student protest, one of the few entries to do this. Great pictures, capturing the falling fire extinguisher was great. Told stories that weren’t captured by mainstream media. Limited production techniques but good journalism and story telling. With more practice this station could win next time around.

NaSTA Best Comedy Programme 2011

Judging Panel: Shoshana Wilson – Comedy Central, Acquisitions and Commissioning Manager
Kristian Smith – BBC, Executive Editor, Out of London, Comedy Commissioning

Winner: SUSUtv


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Shoshana Wilson:

I really liked this, it was an interesting premise, pacey and well made. The voice over was good and punchy. It was stand out for me.

Kristian Smith:

Visually v. strong. Nice filming. Nice performances. A good sense of comedy. Neatly paced.

Highly Commended: NTV


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Shoshana Wilson:

This was really strong and I enjoyed it. Good camera work too. A successful parody – I liked the signing in the corner and the reporter in the middle of the road. Shows you don’t need amazing sets and lots of money to make something clever and polished.

Kristian Smith:

Technically stronger than most – feel the influence of Day Today and the like. Decent jokes within. Performances let it down and some weaker, cheaper writing, lets it down in places – should have maintained a smarter, witty tone a la the shows this is paying homage to.

NaSTA Best Station Marketing 2011

Judge: Caroline Inman – BBC Future Media & Technology, Communications Manager

Winner: LSTV

This year LSTV decided to concentrate our funds on expanding resources and equipment. Therefore the entire year’s marketing budget was reduced to just under £100 and so we were forced to be more creative with our marketing strategies, concentrating on personal contact and online social networking.

We recognised that students spend a lot of time on the Internet and so tailored our website to allow comments directly from Facebook. We have LSTV accounts on various social networks which are continually updated with links to programmes, maintaining our online presence. During certain LSTV events we have used Twitter to promote ourselves, being re-tweeted by Jon Snow, Frank Turner and the Guardian.

Every night during Freshers’ we filmed in a prominent location in the union, interviewing students about their night. This was a successful marketing tactic as it introduced new students to LSTV and where they could watch it, and also generated an interest in joining the society. Every time we filmed we handed out ‘You’ve been caught on LSTV’ cards, we also covertly ‘pegged’ passers by with wooden pegs with our website address written on, to encourage them to go online and watch our content.

At LSTV we have an ongoing link with many societies within the university. We annually film the RAG Fashion Show, Dance Expose, and Varsity, as well as filming weekly Give It a Go sessions, where members of LSTV try out various societies’ activities. This promotes us amongst the different societies we collaborate with and drives traffic to our website.

Every year we hold a live broadcast in order to raise money for Children In Need with numerous societies performing on the day. This year we were based in the foyer, increasing LSTV’s exposure within the union.

As our reputation has grown, we have been asked to film at numerous events and now have a strong relationship with the union. We have broadcast live from Leeds University Union Referendums, filmed an introduction to the union video for their website, and interviewed the Vice-Chancellor, Michael Arthur, on numerous occasions. Again, this encourages viewers that may not otherwise tune in to LSTV to view these specialist videos that are of interest to them.

As we have a regular live broadcast every Wednesday (online and on the television screens in the union) our profile is boosted amongst students in Leeds, as they always know where and when they can watch our original content.

As well as putting the LSTV logo on all of our programmes, many society members wear LSTV branded clothing, in a casual capacity as well as when filming. The logo is also on all of our cameras and microphone blocks, and on numerous banners on campus, ensuring our presence is felt around the university.

During the student protests in Leeds our footage was bought by the Guardian and appeared on the front page of guardian.co.uk with a full credit to LSTV, marketing us to an entirely new national audience.


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Strongest film of all the entries – showed a wide range of content from sport to live interviews, charity links and national media coverage. Collaborative approach with other societies, good use of social media. Well-positioned and well thought out branding. Not sure branding Pudsey Bear is strictly allowed by the BBC logo police!

Highly Commended: SX:TV

The marketing of the station begins right from the beginning of year with a stall during Fresher’s Fair to encourage new and old students to get involved. SX:TV was also strongely involved in filming the Fresher’s Week and, as with all filming which is done frequently throughout the year, all members wore SX:TV t-shirts, reminding students of our presence. During the beginning of term we also specifically targeted film students, sending a representative to introductory talks for film studies degree programmes to encourage those with an existing interest in film and television to develop their talent. To further target film students the station has signs positioned around the Media Centre which is the general office of film production degrees. We aim to involve as many people from as many different creative fields as we can, marketing the station to camera-people, editors, producers, script writers, and more. We also have an active and vital group of members who enjoy working in front of the camera. We advertise using many mediums including t-shirts, stickers, pens, flyers and posters which we distribute to passers-by as well as locating throughout the campus, the designs of which were all created by members. The station also has support from others sections of the media guild, utilising advertising in the student paper and radio. All of the work we produce features a DOG and indent, both produced from scratch by members, always reminding viewers of our presence. We have also made sure to utilise the prevalence of social media among the student body with a website, Facebook profile and Youtube page. Each of these have been designed by SX:TV members and are maintained and updated regularly to always show our most recent productions as well as reminding non-members of the opportunities available, and the ways to get involved. These pages are linked to the main Student Union website to reach as wide an audience as possible. The station has two slogans designed to encourage students to get involved. Firstly, ‘addicted to SX,’ uses word play between ‘˜SX’ and ‘˜sex’ for comedic effect to grabs the students attention. We have utilised this to full effect by purchasing special order condoms with the slogan printed on the packet. The second slogan ‘broadcasting the good times,’ emphasises our commitment to document the student experience which ranges from nights out, educational events and political activity undertaken by the students. This slogan aims to demonstrate our promise to create a station which allows students to develop skills in film, editing etc, whilst having a good time and meeting new people. SX:TV also has a mascot, a yellow tiger which is involved in handing out flyers, attending nights out, featuring in productions as well as attending events on and off campus, for example the student protests, encouraging students to be proud of their student TV station. The tiger has become a recognisable figure of the station and is loved by many students.


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Really strong on creativity, and impressive range of branded products. Good use of D.O.Gs and idents, and good links to social media. Good cross-promotion, use of website and innovative use of mascot! In the running for first place.

 

NaSTA Best Light Entertainment Programme 2011

Judge: Chris Bellinger – Freelance Producer (Live & Kicking/That’s What I Call Television/Get Your Own Back)

Winner: LSTV


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Rob and Holly make a great presenting duo, working well together. The show was well produced and directed. The mime sequence was excellent, very funny. The wide variety of well made content all ticked the L.E. box. For me this was the standout entry in a very strong field. Additional note for the team only: (I didn’t like the visual style of close up cutaways with the presenter looking off camera. This kind of trendy quirky style is very hard to pull off. The moment the presenters look away from the viewer the impact of what they are saying is diminished).

Highly Commended: STOIC TV


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Brilliant idea, very entertaining but also a modicum of useful information – even if it is about the somewhat dubious different ways to serve Gin. Frank is a star and holds it together well. I liked the fact that he didn’t pretend “tipsy” – that would have been far too predictable. I also liked the touches at the end of the piece with the other “cast” members. Weakness is Frank’s habit of not looking straight down the lens at all times when addressing the viewer. Glancing off at the crew, even for a moment breaks the relationship. A good piece that made me laugh a lot.

Highly Commended: XTV


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Extremely well produced film with some excellent visual gags.

NaSTA Best Sport Programme 2011

Judge: Chris Hollins – BBC Breakfast, Presenter & Journalist

Winner: LSUTV


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Easily the best of the bunch. The two presenters were a good pairing and the round up of sport was professional and entertaining. Great effort. Should be proud of the programme.

Highly Commended: CUTV


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Great production/good ideas. Presentation needed more confidence.

 

NaSTA Best Light Entertainment 2011

Judge: Joe Tidy – BBC Oxford, Journalist & BBC Newsround, Presenter

Winner: LSTV


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An excellent piece of children’s TV. Really good idea, strong branding and music, good camera work, superb access and very lively presentation. I can see this on CBeebies tomorrow. Pitch it now!

Highly Commended: LSUTV


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A technically solid and editorially ambitious live debate with a bold SKY news style. The two guests were very well chosen and it was a tense and compelling watch. Overall a very successful piece of student TV journalism and a landmark in student broadcasting.

 

NaSTA Best Music Programme 2011

Judge: Holly Blake – The Network & Fast Track, Producer

Winner: LSTV


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Imaginative intro but wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from the programme. The content was very appealing; liked the community element using Leeds fest and the community centre as features for the show. The linking elements were superb, had been well thought through and executed very well. Lots of imaginative content and a good variety of things which made for very watchable content. Great editing and use of sound.

Highly Commended: CUTV


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Could do with more structure, at 15 mins in length it needs a beginning, middle and end. Appealing programme content and a variety of different interviews which hold audience’s interest. The presenting was good, professional and also funny. Like the vox pops and use of background music and they had great access at the event. Had a T4, MTV sort of feeling about it – a bit rough around the edges but definitely captivating.

NaSTA Best Animation 2011

Judge: Daniel Lennard – Turner Entertainment International & Turner Broadcasting, VP Original Series & Development

Winner: Met TV


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Great mix of animation style, all held together by a shared sense of humour that runs through. Really excellent set of work.

Highly Commended: SUSUtv


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Very nice animation, brilliantly evoking the humour of Spike Milligan. The illustrative style was spot on, the animation minimal but effective and the use of audio well employed. A crazy, quirky gem.

 

NaSTA Best Freshers’ Coverage 2011

Judge: Mars Elkins – BBC, Content Producer

Winner: UniTV


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Love the animation. Good pace and gives the viewer a good sense of what went on.

Highly Commended: LUST


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Good intro, good idea. Love the injection of humour and good pace too.

 

NaSTA Best Music Programme 2011

Judge: Chris Hall – IWC Media, Production Co-ordinator

Winner: XTV

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I was dreading watching this video given the description. However it was beautiful and engaging. Brilliantly directed and edited it fits the music beautifully. Such a great video and looks very professional. Well done a deserved winner.

Highly Commended: SUSUtv

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A charming and well made video. Made me smile and looked very professional and well made. Video is relevant to the song and it is very watchable not only because the singer is pretty but also because it is a slick piece of editing combined with great dancing/acting from the performers. Almost the winner!

NaSTA Best Ident 2011

Judge: Rotem Nahlieli- Kazoo Creative, Creative & Managing Director

Winner: RU:ON


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Cheeky and fresh, cool little ident, with a pinch of humour – the essence of what a student TV station should be. Nice sound and edit.

Highly Commended: NTV


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Impressive production value and remarkable execution. Very stylised and well delivered ident