Welsh Broadcasting Trust

Margred Pryce – Editing MA at the National Film and Television School.

At the end of 2017, I was offered a place on the prestigious two-year Editing MA at the National Film and Television School. Despite my lucky break, it was the scholarship from Ymddiried that in reality empowered me, a single mother-of-two, to commit to the MA. I am grateful to Ymddiried for the generous award they gave me towards my school fees. This scholarship took a huge financial pressure off my shoulders and allowed me to fully focus on getting the best from the course. For this, I am thankful.

Since then, I have been one of 8 editors at NFTS developing our technical and storytelling skills alongside other student directors, composers, sound designers, screenwriters, producers, colourists and VFX artists. We have learned through doing, through making films together, making mistakes together and learned to create films in effective collaborations. I have learned so much through watching other people’s film rushes and edits, through sitting in weekly review sessions with other students and tutors, offering and accepting constructive criticism. These are invaluable opportunities and all with the guidance of exceptional NFTS editing tutors such as Richard Cox (Gentleman Jack), Clare Ferguson (Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer), guest tutors such as Will Oswald (Good Omens) and Lucien Clayton (Derry Girls), and masterclasses with film editors such as Mick Audsley (The Personal History of David Copperfield) and Jon Gregory (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri).

Apart from the various learning exercises, over the two years I’ve edited six short fiction films (one of them, Room for Two, will be screened as part of the BFI Flare later this month), two observational documentary shorts, a 40 minute science & natural history film, a 10 minute animation and a series of commercials. I was also the Edit Assistant on November 1st, a short fiction that won Bronze at the Student Oscars in 2019 and which was long-listed for a BAFTA.

But if I’ve learned anything at NFTS, it’s that the process of collaboration is the most important thing to get right. I’ve learned to work closely and productively with many wonderful filmmakers and made some strong working partnerships and friendships.

Last week, we presented our grad fiction, documentary and animation films to an invited audience at Picturehouse Central and graduated at the Empire Leicester Square. It’s been an extraordinary and rewarding two years, and in the process I’ve learned a lot about myself as an editor – that I’m drawn to stories with emotional heart and that I can bring sensitivity and curiosity to the material through my work. I’m so thrilled to have done it and would recommend the experience to anyone.

They say that everything is impossible until it happens and a few years ago my dream of working as an editor in film and tv seemed pretty remote and unattainable. Now, with Ymddiried’s support, I am a bilingual editor with a wealth of experience, ready to join the Welsh filmmaking community. Thank you very much.

Margred – front right

Al Sharab Tree

Room for Two

 

Margred Pryce – Editing MA at the National Film and Television School.

At the end of 2017, I was offered a place on the prestigious two-year Editing MA at the National Film and Television School. Despite my lucky break, it was the scholarship from Ymddiried that in reality empowered me, a single mother-of-two, to commit to the MA. I am grateful to Ymddiried for the generous  award they gave me towards my school fees. This scholarship took a huge financial pressure off my shoulders and allowed me to fully focus on getting the best from the course. For this, I am thankful.

Since then, I have been one of 8 editors at NFTS developing our technical and storytelling skills alongside other student directors, composers, sound designers, screenwriters, producers, colourists and VFX artists. We have learned through doing, through making films together, making mistakes together and learned to create films in effective collaborations. I have learned so much through watching other people’s film rushes and edits, through sitting in weekly review sessions with other students and tutors, offering and accepting constructive criticism. These are invaluable opportunities and all with the guidance of exceptional NFTS editing tutors such as Richard Cox (Gentleman Jack), Clare Ferguson (Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer), guest tutors such as Will Oswald (Good Omens) and Lucien Clayton (Derry Girls), and masterclasses with film editors such as Mick Audsley (The Personal History of David Copperfield) and Jon Gregory (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri).

Apart from the various learning exercises, over the two years I’ve edited six short fiction films (one of them, Room for Two, will be screened as part of the BFI Flare later this month), two observational documentary shorts, a 40 minute science & natural history film, a 10 minute animation and a series of commercials. I was also the Edit Assistant on November 1st, a short fiction that won Bronze at the Student Oscars in 2019 and which was long-listed for a BAFTA.

But if I’ve learned anything at NFTS, it’s that the process of collaboration is the most important thing to get right. I’ve learned to work closely and productively with many wonderful filmmakers and made some strong working partnerships and friendships.

Last week, we presented our grad fiction, documentary and animation films to an invited audience at Picturehouse Central and graduated at the Empire Leicester Square. It’s been an extraordinary and rewarding two years, and in the process I’ve learned a lot about myself as an editor – that I’m drawn to stories with emotional heart and that I can bring sensitivity and curiosity to the material through my work. I’m so thrilled to have done it and would recommend the experience to anyone.

They say that everything is impossible until it happens and a few years ago my dream of working as an editor in film and tv seemed pretty remote and unattainable. Now, with Ymddiried’s support, I am a bilingual editor with a wealth of experience, ready to join the Welsh filmmaking community. Thank you very much.

Margred – front on the right

Al Shab Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

Room For Two

 

 

It’s My Shout – Clare C Potter’s story

The Welsh Broadcasting Trust  gave me funding four years ago to study screenwriting  (my goodness time flies!) Since then, and directly because of that, I wanted to make a documentary. Well, I’m excited to say that I pitched an idea to the BBC and It’s My Shout and I made the film! It’s the first time I have directed anything.

The documentary is about Shirley Walker, the barber in my village. She has cut hair for almost 70 years (and her father in the same room for years before her). The wall is adorned with the generations of men whose hair she has cut. It’s a special place, and I’m fortunate that I got to make the film.

I’m so grateful to you for the opportunity you gave me.

This is the film!:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002y3t

Hyfforddiant gwaith gyda Radio Platfform

Rhaglen addysg greadigol Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru yw Radio Platfform. Mae’r cynllun blaenllaw hon yn cynnwys gorsaf radio ddigidol dan arweiniad pobl ifanc a chwrs hyfforddi achrededig chwe wythnos mewn darlledu. Mae’n darparu sgiliau ar gyfer bywyd, sgiliau ar gyfer gwaith a chyfle i bobl ifanc gael llais.

Fis Hydref 2019, ymunodd saith internwr cyflogedig, yn gweithio rhan amser i redeg yr orsaf a chael cydnabyddiaeth am eu cyfraniad. Mae cefnogaeth hael Yr Ymddiriedolaeth Ddarlledu Gymreig wedi gwneud gwahaniaeth gwirioneddol o ran cychwyn a chynnal y cwrs.

Bellach mae Ben a Daniel yn gweithio 20 awr yr wythnos yn rheoli ac yn rhedeg yr orsaf o ddydd i ddydd a hefyd yn darparu arweiniad a chymorth i gyfranogwyr newydd.

Stori Ben Clark:

Pan ymunais â Radio Platfform fel gwirfoddolwr diwedd 2017, roeddwn wedi graddio o Brifysgol Caerdydd ers tua chwe mis. Ar y pryd roeddwn i’n gweithio yn y sector manwerthu a heb gael unrhyw lwc yn dod o hyd i swydd yn y diwydiant roeddwn am ei ddilyn fel gyrfa. Wrth chwilio tudalen Bwrdd Swyddi Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru, fe ddes i ar draws hysbyseb Radio Platfform – cynllun rhad ac am ddim sy’n cynnig cyfle i bobl ifanc ddysgu pob agwedd ar gynhyrchu radio. Fel rhywun oedd ar dân eisiau profiad yn y diwydiannau celfyddydol a’r cyfryngau, roedd y cwrs yma’n berffaith. Dechreuais wirfoddoli gyda Radio Platfform, gan gymryd rhan mewn prosiectau a digwyddiadau di-rif gyda’r orsaf, ac ym mis Hydref y llynedd dechreuais fy swydd ‘go iawn’ cyntaf. Dw i nawr yn teimlo ‘mod i’n gwneud cynnydd tuag at fy ngyrfa.

Stori Daniel Edwards:

Rwyf wedi bod yn y rôl yma ers pedwar mis ac mae wedi bod yn brofiad pleserus ac yn broses ddysgu fawr. Mae’r swydd yn gofyn i mi ryngweithio â’r bobl ifanc sy’n dod i’r orsaf i recordio eu sioeau. Mae’n rhoi balchder mawr imi eu hannog a’u cynghori yn eu penderfyniadau creadigol yn ogystal â chynnig cefnogaeth ag atebion pan mai angen help arnynt gyda’r offer technegol.

M.A Directing Documentary, NFTS

I came to the National Film and Television School with less experience than my fellow 7 course-mates, however I had a passion for storytelling and a strong empathy for people, so I had a foundation upon which to build new technical skills and to find my own style of film-making.

I made 3 films in my first year: A “Poetry” film, a “Moment of Truth” film, and an “Investigation” film.

The Poetry film was the first film I had ever made, and I used a lot of sound design, music and visual metaphors to lead the audience through a story that is not explicitly told. The film, which was set in Gower, Wales, got a very positive response from tutors and fellow students from all departments. I was developing my camera skills in this film, and focussing on creating interesting and alluring cinematography.

My Moment of Truth film was also set in Gower, and followed a particular character and his troubled past, as he awaited results to see if he was cured of a serious illness. It’s interchangeably light and dark in tone, and has a positive ending. In this film I got to practice filming with vulnerable characters, earning trust and forming bonds with people I didn’t know, and I tried to intuitively film scenes of actuality to get the truest emotion out of the story.

My Investigation film was about how long distance running can help mental health, and it ended up being about a girl’s psychological journey of endurance both mentally and physically through life and through a 50km trail run. This film was a big challenge to make, as much of the filming was outdoors in stormy weather, and I had some difficulties with the story, but through editing, delicate sound design and music, the film came together and received good feedback. This is the film that I made the most mistakes on, but probably learned the most from.

I am now working on my graduation film, using the skills that I learned in my first year to make a documentary about a female dance group for women who are in opioid addiction recovery in the USA. The film shoot went really well and I have some powerful stories. We are currently editing, and the film is slowly but surely starting to take shape.

The £2,500 given to me by Ymddiried went towards the fees for my MA, and took a huge amount of financial pressure off me, so that I could focus on getting the most out of the course. This was vital, because coming to the NFTS is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’ve stretched myself creatively in so many ways, met some incredible people, enhanced my network, and developed my style of film-making.

 

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