Bill Vinten Guild of Television Cameramen University Award

Posted on 28 October 2013

National success for York's Department of Theatre, Film and Television

The University of York is celebrating national success after winning the first Bill Vinten Guild of Television Cameramen University Award.

The University’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television also produced the 2013 camera operator winner Ed Gammie, while his fellow York student Oliver Hadlow-Martin was one of two runners up. Both student filmmakers graduated from the University of York with a BSc in Film and Television Production this summer.

The awards, held at the ITV London Studios, were set up by the Guild of Television Cameramen (GTC) in association with Bill Vinten to encourage camera skills in students hoping to enter the industry.

The Bill Vinten GTC University Award is presented to the university that exhibits cinematographic excellence in both content and craft skills, and is judged on a single portfolio of film or video in at least three different genres. These needed to have been wholly produced, created and shot by current or just-graduated students.

The University of York received the Bill Vinten GTC Award trophy, while Ed Grammie was awarded paid work experience worth £2,500 and Oliver Hadlow-Martin work experience worth £750. Both York graduates also received one-year membership of the GTC.

The work experience will be alongside top cinematographers and camera operators, such as Martin Hawkins, a leading director of photography in the field of comedy, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award last year from the Royal Television Society. Also Pete Edwards, a very experienced lighting cameraman, who was Director of Photography on the BAFTA-winning children's series Horrible Histories and Trapped.

The work experience will provide the two recent York graduates with invaluable experience shooting major network shows and series.

Ed Gammie, said: “It was a fantastic evening. Just to be invited to an event celebrating camera work with so many experienced industry members was a privilege, but to actually win exceeded all expectations. It is a credit to the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at York, not only for providing students with superb facilities and equipment, but also continuous support from the professionals on the staff throughout. It is a real platform for talented and creative individuals to meet and develop ideas, without which, none of this would have been possible.”

Professor Andrew Higson, Head of the University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television, said: “This is a tremendous success, with the University of York practically sweeping the board, and it underlines just how good our students, our teaching staff and our facilities are. Having top flight industry professionals on our staff has enabled us to set - and achieve - very high standards.” 

In its first year, the Bill Vinten GTC Award attracted 24 entrants from eight universities:  Birmingham City University; Bournemouth University; Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University; Kingston University, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing; Northern Film School, Leeds Metropolitan University; Staffordshire University, Media (Film) Production Course; University of the West of England; and the University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television.

David Hickman, who leads the cinematography teaching in York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television, said: “There was some very strong competition from other universities, but these terrific awards to Ed and Ollie were no real surprise because their work was superlative."

John Mateer, Head of Film and TV Production for the Department, added: “Ed and Oliver are among our first cohort of graduates this summer from the new BSc in Film and Television Production. Their success underlines that the BSc in Film and Television has definitely arrived and is producing tomorrow’s top industry professionals.”

Other recent BSc Film and Television Production successes include Rosy Deacon winning the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award for her TV drama Shards, which she developed this year on the Individual Project: Scriptwriting module. Rosy, who graduated from the course with a First, will be goingto New York for the International Emmy World Television Festival to collect her award and $2,500 prize.

In addition, six of the first cohort of graduates have secured places at the National Film and Television School.

Anyone wishing to find out more about the undergraduate degrees on offer at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television is invited to attend a Visit Day on Saturday, 2 November. For further information visit