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Stars shine at Churchdown Academy CAFTAS awards ceremony

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 06, 2014

By Churchdown Sixth Form student Dan Seamarks

  • Alishia McGurk & mum – winner of BEST DEATH SEQUENCE

  • Bill Ballinger, media teacher, retiring this year with 2 former students, Louise Shotbolt and Louise Blick

  • Alice Cunningham thanks The Academy for the award for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY with co-producer Lorna Phipps

  • Alice Loveday & mum – winner of MOST ORIGINAL

  • Amy Chevannes & Molly Geddes of SPECIMEN Z

  • Andy Jones, with girlfriend Hannah Ford and his mum. Andy won BEST ZOMBIE MOVIE

  • Angus Biggar and parents, nominated for BEST MALE MODEL

  • Becky Scott, former media student and her nan who presented BEST PRODUCED

  • Bill Ballinger accepting his life-time achievement award as he retires this Summer

  • Chloe Young & Ross Jenner - creator of BLOOD BATH

  • Dan Seamarks, co-producer of the event and current A2 student

  • Emily Poole, Harrison Curtis, Will Turner, Nathan Laidlow – creators of DELERIUM which won BEST OPENING SEQUENCE

  • Enthralled audience – former students Lewis McKenzie, Louise Blick, Louise Shotbolt, & Deputy Head Sharon Hodgson

  • Former students Tom Willets and Haydon King

  • George Hall, Cameron Billingham – accepting their award for BEST EDITED

  • Izzie Phillips & Parents – winner of MOST ORIGINAL TITLE SEQUENCE

  • Jo Barnes

  • Joe Pratt-Flynn & Parents – winner of BEST STUNTS

  • Leanna Arkell presents

  • Leanna Arkell, Head of Media poses with the creators of IMMEDIATE EVAC 117, that went on to win MOST VIVD APOCOLPTIC VISION

  • Leanna Arkell, Molly Owen, Abi Harris with their awards for BEST TRAILER, BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS, AND BEST ACTRESS

  • Matt Lavis and parents – won BEST PARANORMAL

  • Mike Wright, former student, revealing the winner of BEST MONSTER

  • Molly Elleker & Parents – creator of LULLABYE

  • Molly Owen and her Nan, Elaine Smith – Molly won BEST TEASER

  • Nathan Laidlow & parents - winner of BEST OPENING TITLE SEQUENCE

  • Producers of KLOWNING AROUND which won BEST NARRATIVE – Matt Murphy, Connor Dokic, Dan Lodge, Joe Richardson

  • Re-creating the OSCAR selfie – Solomon Harrison, James Benfield & Sam Thompson

  • Rikki-Lee Hopkins former student guest presenter and World Champion Kick Boxer

  • Rowan Lawrence, Head Boy, and Kieran Price, who won BEST PARANORMAL

  • Sally Lavis, School receptionist, Matt Lavis, nominated for best MALE MODEL, Sheena Burrows, teacher at Churchdown School.

  • Shaquille Douglas, former student, stage name Alluzeion, highly talented musician, presenting the award for MOST DISTURBING

  • Stephen Rust who won MOST CLASSIC and his mum, Mrs Rust who presented the award for BEST MALE MODEL

  • Zoe Parkhurst & mum – won BEST ZOMBIE MOVIE

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Stars of the screen flocked to Gloucester last Thursday as Churchdown School Academy’s very own CAFTAs, Churchdown Academy Film and Television Awards, were held at the New County Hotel.

The school is extremely proud once again to announce outstanding A grade results in the A Level Media coursework. Students specialise in the Horror genre and the diversity of work produced really was something to celebrate. This year groups produced trailers for Vampire movies as influenced by the Twilight Saga and Opening Sequences in the style of Sinister, The Woman in Black and Dexter.

The school were delighted to have the Chief Examiner from the OCR exam board, Pete Fraser, as special guest and to present the finale awards for Best Opening Sequence and Best Trailer. He said, “I have been to many award ceremonies like these, but what impresses me about this school, is the consistent standard of quality.”

He also commented on the professionalism and quality of Sally Thomas’s editing in putting the showcase together. Sally Thomas has been invaluable in helping the students develop their skills using complex editing software. Many of the students thanked her in their acceptance speeches.

The school was also thrilled to welcome back former media students from around the country to present awards that they may have won in previous CAFTAs.

There was also a special guest star – Sue Perkins from the Great British Bake Off, although to be fair, it didn’t take students long to figure out she was a look-a-like!

It was a highly glamorous event which the New County Hotel, with its recent £1 million refurbishment, catered for in style. The ballroom comfortably seated the 200 guests who were also dressed to impress.

Check out the Churchdown Media Hub website to see all the horror trailers

Leanna Arkell, Head of Media at the school, said, “We are so proud of our students and the passion and dedication they show to this subject. Horror really captures their imagination and lets them explore issues in a supportive and proactive environment.”

Parents thoroughly enjoyed the event and commented that it was a, “feel good night” where they could celebrate the academic successes of their children in the style of the Oscars. “Everybody felt like a star.” Parents also agreed it was so lovely to see the outcomes of their children’s work having often been party to its creation.

We were also very happy to be joined by Leigh Preston, highly acclaimed photographer, who captured the event in all its glory. The family portraits illustrate beautifully the proud relationship the school has with the parents of its students.

The final presentation of the night had a bittersweet feel with Bill Ballinger, Assistant Head Teacher and Media Teacher, being presented with the Life Time Achievement Award, having taught the subject since 1996; he retires this summer.

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