Graduate puts heart and soul into award winning film

Archie is the final year project of BA (Hons) Media (Film) Production graduate Sophie Piggott.

Featuring no dialogue, the film tells the tale of a young boy who refuses to take off his homemade spaceman costume, constructed out of tin foil and cardboard, even to go to school.

Sophie, originally from Shrewsbury, has won the Undergraduate Sound award at the 20th annual Royal Television Society Student Television Awards.

The judges said: “The sound used was a perfect example of the obvious heart and soul that had gone into every aspect of the film. We’ll never look at tin foil in the same way again.”

Sophie received her award at a ceremony hosted by comedian Romesh Ranganathan in London and Archie and the other nominated films will be televised on Sky Arts later this month.

Sophie said: “It’s amazing to have won. Some of the other films were really high quality and had more money spent on them whereas I was using sellotape and tin foil!”

“I just wanted to make a film that says it’s ok to be different. The lecturers were completely supportive throughout the course and really helped me make the film I wanted to.”

Sophie, who graduated last year, previously won two awards for another short film 26 at the Suffolk Film Festival and Screen Stockport Film Festival.

She now works as a production runner in London and has worked on various television programmes including The John Bishop Show.

“It’s great that Sophie is pursuing a career in the Industry. She always got stuck in on the course and that effort has paid off.” said Dan Hopkins, lecturer in Media (Film) Production.

Archie is a fantastic short. It just goes to show the calibre of the work of our students.”

The nominated films will be transmitted on Sky Arts along with a highlights programme from the Awards ceremony at 7pm on 19 June.

Photo credit: Richard Kendal/RTS.

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