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RTS Craft and Design Awards: the winners

RTS Craft and Design Awards: the winners
Pippa Considine
19 November 2013

The Royal Television Society RTS Craft & Design Awards 2012/2013, which took place last night at The Savoy in London, saw five productions scoring a double win: BBC drama Burton and Taylor, Kudos' Channel 4 drama Utopia, ITV Studios' Dancing on Ice, Windfall Films D-Day: As it Happens for Channel 4 and BBC Sports Personality Of The Year 2012.

The new BT Sports Studio won a Jury Award, while a Lifetime Achievement Award went to Andy McVean, sfx supervisor and founder of SFX Ltd, and Windfall Films' D-Day: As It Happens won the Innovation Award for "a new and unique way of bringing alive the greatest amphibious invasion in history".

The Awards were chaired by Nigel Pickard, ceo Zodiak ME.E.A. and UK Kids & Family.

The winners:

Costume Design - Drama

Susannah Buxton, Burton and Taylor, BBC Drama Production London/BBC America for BBC Four
“Believable, memorable costume and subtle characterisation enhanced the remarkable performances. ‘The show of the year!’ said the jury.”

Charlotte Holdich, Restless, Endor Productions in association with Sundance Channel, Red Arrow International for BBC One
Lindsay Pugh, Dancing On The Edge, Ruby Film And Television for BBC Two

Costume Design - Entertainment & Non Drama

Claire Finlay-Thompson, Up The Women - Series 1, Baby Cow Manchester/BBC Comedy Production co-production for BBC Four

“The winner’s work showed attention to period detail with surreal elements and great comic characterisation on a restricted comedy budget.”

Stephen Adnitt, Dancing On Ice - Series 8, ITV Studios for ITV
Vicky Gill, Strictly Come Dancing, BBC Entertainment for BBC One

Effects - Digital

Simon Hansen, The Girl, An official South African/German Co-Production/A Wall to Wall Media/Warner Bros Entertainment GmbH/Moonlighting Co-Production for BBC & HBO Films

“Beautifully reconstructed shots and clearly made with a love of the source material, the winning effects were faultless and delivered on a small budget, which in no way shows in the finished work.”

Jellyfish Pictures, The Challenger, Jellyfish Pictures for BBC Two
Simon Clarke, Barney Curnow & Nuno Pereira, Supersized Earth, BBC Productions for BBC One

Effects - Picture Enhancement

Aidan Farrell, Utopia - Series 1, Kudos for Channel 4

“The winner’s bold comic book-style grade and exceptional work truly added to the show, aiding the unsettling oppressive atmosphere. Strong, without being overbearing, the grade demonstrated an understanding of the show's context and delivered a defined unique look.”

Aidan Farrell, The White Queen, Company Pictures for BBC One
John Cryer and the Platform Post Grading Team, Horrible Histories - Series 5, Lion TV, Citrus Television, Platform Post Production for CBBC

Effects - Special

Doug Naylor, Bill Pearson & Deane Thrussell, Red Dwarf X, Grant Naylor Productions for Dave (UKTV)

“Making a bold decision to use practical models where CG would have been an easier choice these days, the winners successfully captured the look and spirit of the old episodes, and continued the heritage of a much loved TV show.”

Mark Lewis, Nic Stacey, Ed Edwards & Andy Jackson, Order and Disorder, Furnace TV for BBC Four
Max Poolman, Strike Back: Vengeance, Left Bank Pictures for Sky1 HD

Graphic Design - Programme Content Sequence

Simon Clarke, Hazel Baird, Graham Stott and Simon George, World War 2 From Space, October Films for H2, History Channel

“The range of graphic devices used in this production come together to make this historic subject feel new and novel, contrasting the use of space age satellite images with a modern computer style and 1940s style photography and type. The jury agreed that the mix of styles and standard of execution was outstanding.” 

Nimble Gimbal, Swimming With Monsters, Spun Gold for Discovery UK
BDH Graphics Team, Wonders Of Life, Burrell Durrant Hifle/BBC Science for BBC Two

Graphic Design - Titles

Nic Benns, Andrew Popplestone, Rodi Kaya & David Slade, Hannibal, Momoco for Sky Living

“The jury saw this title sequence as a lesson in “less is more”, with fascinating images which draw the audience into the drama. The red liquid, evocative of both red wine and blood, builds images that are both beautiful and chilling at the same time.  The typography and white background draw hints of the surgery and clinical menace to come.”

Momoco Graphics Team, Murder On The Home Front, Carnival Film & Television for ITV1
Nic Benns, Jim Fisher, Miki Kato & Tom Bromwich, Ripper Street, Momoco for BBC One

Graphic Design - Trails & Packaging

Kjetil Njoten, Joe Lee, Sarah Caddy & Andrew Parry, David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities, Red Bee and Strange Beast for Eden (UKTV)

“…the winning trail was truly outstanding. The images herald the natural curiosities we will see in the series and then add a visual twist.  There is so much to see in this trail that its ‘watchability’ makes it a perfect example of a graphics design led trailer campaign.”

Lighting for Multicamera

Dave Davey, Dancing On Ice - Series 8, ITV Studios for ITV

“The winner’s beautiful use of colour enhances the action to create a magnificent spectacle. The lighting is both immersive and complementary. Never distracting or overwhelming, it brilliantly focuses the viewer’s attention on the action itself.”

Gurdip Mahal & Ross Williams, The Voice - Series 2, Wall to Wall Media for BBC One
Christopher Kempton, Comic Relief 2013: Funny For Money,
BBC Comedy Production /Framestore/QED for BBC One

Multicamera Work

Richard Valentine, Dancing On Ice - Series 8, ITV Studios for ITV

“Under the director’s guidance every craft is seamlessly brought together, every shot is expertly chosen and every camera used to its optimum value. The coverage complements the action and enhances every moment.”

Frederique Olivier, Michael W Richards, Jim Clare & Martin Passingham, Penguins - Spy In The Huddle, John Downer Productions for BBC One
Camera Team, Emmerdale - 40th Anniversary Live Episode, ITV Studios for ITV1

Multicamera Work Sport

Paul Davies, Wimbledon Men's Final - Murray V Djokovic, BBC Sport for BBC One

“Never missing a beat of this intense gladiatorial contest, the winner captures the atmosphere of the whole event in a truly dramatic style. Their choice of shot and the timing of each cut mean that every second of this intense battle is powerfully enhanced.”

Camera Team, Isle Of Man TT Races 2013, North One Television for ITV4
Denise Large, Carl Hicks and the IMG Racing Team, The Grand National 2013, IMG Productions for Channel 4

Make Up Design - Drama

Lucy Cain, Burton and Taylor, BBC Drama Production London/BBC America for BBC Four

“The jury praised the winner’s perfect interpretation and faultless characterisation, as well as her skill and lightness of touch.”

Pamela Smyth, The Fall, Artists Studio/Fables for BBC Two
Christine Walmesley-Cotham, Call The Midwife - Christmas Special & Series 2, Neal Street Productions for BBC One

Make Up Design - Entertainment & Non Drama

Vanessa White, Hunderby, Baby Cow Productions for Sky Atlantic

“The jury said that the overall make-up design and comic characterisation made a major contribution to the originality of the project.”

Kate Benton, Mr Stink, BBC Comedy Production in Association with Bert Pictures for BBC One
Kate Benton, A Young Doctor's Notebook, Big Talk/Points West Pictures for Sky Arts

Music - Original Score

Cristobal Tapia De Veer, Utopia - Series 1, Kudos for Channel 4

“Startlingly original scoring of hyper-reality, and unlike anything we’ve heard before. The winner’s work blurred the lines between sound design and score, creating a soundtrack that the jury said felt like it was being played inside your head.” 

Dominik Scherrer, Ripper Street - Series 1, Tiger Aspect Productions & Lookout Point for BBC One
Unloved, David Holmes & Keefus Green, The Fall, Artists Studio/Fables for BBC Two

Music - Original Title

Hannah Peel & Erland Cooper, Dates, Balloon Entertainment for Channel 4

“The jury said that this contemporary, intriguing and stylish theme lends itself wonderfully to the bittersweet complexities of modern dating.” 

John Lunn, Shetland, ITV Studios for BBC One
Oli Julian, PLEBS, Rise Films for ITV2

Photography - Documentary/Factual & Non Drama

Jezza Neumann, America’s Poor Kids, True Vision Productions/BBC This World for BBC Two

“An intuitively shot documentary highlighting the understanding between the crew and the families, with a great eye for detail and composition resulting in some highly emotive images.”

Craig Hastings & Jonathan Young, Australia with Simon Reeve,
BBC Production London for BBC Two
Africa Camera Team, Africa, BBC Television (Co Produced with
Discovery Channel/CCTV9/France Television) for BBC One

Photography - Drama

Gavin Finney, The Fear, World Productions for Channel 4

“Bold, brave and beautiful framing…, with innovative use of lenses and excellent flashbacks. The lighting is wonderfully controlled and enhances or evokes the mood at any given time.”

Adam Arkapaw, Top Of The Lake, See-Saw Films for BBC
Tim Palmer, The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher: The Murder In Angel Lane, Hat Trick Productions for ITV

Production Design - Drama

Stevie Herbert, Restless, Endor Productions in association with Sundance Channel, Red Arrow International for BBC One

“The winner very successfully achieves a coherent design throughout, including timelines, scale and palette. Even though it effectively adheres to historical accuracies, it is very much a production made for a modern audience.”

Kristian Milsted, Utopia, Kudos for Channel 4
Mark Geraghty, Ripper Street - Series 1, Tiger Aspect Productions & Lookout Point for BBC One

Production Design - Entertainment & Non Drama

Simon Kimmel, Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Unspun for BBC One

“The winning design has an energetic set which effectively marries light and stylish design. Delivering a ‘good night out’ for the viewer, it deals well with the design constraints of the studio audience.”

Dominic Clasby & Stephen Bryce, Derren Brown: Apocalypse, Objective Productions for Channel 4
BDA Set Design Team, BBC News, BBC Productions for BBC One

Sound - Drama

Greg Gettens & Jamie Hartland, D-Day The Last Heroes, Clear Cut Pictures & BBC Production London for BBC One

“The winning work is a perfect marriage between the soundtrack and the sensitive nature of the story - an incredible achievement given the short time span and budget allotted to the project. A tasteful and extremely supportive piece of work, both technically excellent and highly creative.”

Tony Gibson, Roger Dobson, Billy Mahoney & Russell Jeffery, Misfits 4, Clerkenwell Films for E4
Sound Team, Strike Back: Vengeance, Left Bank Pictures for Sky1 HD

Sound - Entertainment & Non Drama

John Rogerson, Graham Kirkman &  Richard Addis, David Attenborough's Galapagos 3D, Colossus Productions for Sky 3D

“An incredible sounding mix and a superb tracklay. Considering that not much sound made its way back to the cutting room, the winners’ research and attention to detail was enormous. A world class soundtrack.” 

Sound Team, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013, BBC Wales for
BBC Four
Daniel Jones & Paul Taylor, The Choir: Sing While You Work,
Twenty Twenty for BBC

Tape & Film Editing - Documentary & Factual

Christopher Swayne, Syria: Across The Lines, Quicksilver Media for Channel 4

“Seamless editing with thoughtfully selected arresting images created an immediacy and sense of place that gave the viewer a fresh, human and brutal insight into the realities of war. The jury felt that it induced an emotional connection rarely felt with this kind of material.”

Ged Murphy, David Bowie - Five Years, BBC Events Production for
Sean Mackenzie, How To Get To Heaven With The Hutterites, BBC Wales for BBC Two

Tape & Film Editing - Drama

Katie Weiland, Luther, BBC Drama Production London for BBC One

“The jury was impressed by the clever, engaging cutting, and the consistently brave decisions in the editing throughout. The use of space and shadow created a bold look and feel to the series.”

Trevor Waite, The Fear (E1 & E2), World Productions for Channel 4
Liana Del Giudice, Hunted, Kudos in association with Cinemax for BBC One

Tape & Film Editing - Entertainment & Situation Comedy

Mike Holliday & Peter Oliver, Horrible Histories - Series 5, Lion TV, Citrus Television, Platform Post Production for CBBC

“Smart and slick, the winning editing demonstrated a huge attention to detail and rich knowledge of craft.  The jury was impressed by the terrific range of sophisticated, funny material with extremely high production values that easily rivals its adult competitors.”

Editing Team, Dancing On Ice - Series 8, ITV Studios for ITV
Steve Tempia & Mark Williams, Outnumbered Christmas Special 2012, Hat Trick Productions for BBC One

Tape & Film Editing - Sport

Editing Team, Sports Personality Of The Year 2012, BBC Sport for BBC One

“Outstanding films, with clever ideas that brought the emotion of the subjects through the screen. Beautifully crafted, the stories were told with real feeling and sensitivity and the judges were extremely moved by them.”

Post Production Team, Isle Of Man TT Races 2013, North One Television for ITV Four
Robin Nurse & Richard Gort, BBC F1 - The British Grand Prix - Lewis Hamilton And The Red Arrows, BBC Sport for BBC One

Design & Craft Innovation

D-Day: As It Happens
“The Design and Craft Innovation Award is made for any area of production that demonstrates innovative use of new technology or techniques, D-Day: As It Happens, truly was a new and unique way of bringing alive the greatest amphibious invasion in history.  On the anniversary of D-Day, viewers could follow the lives of seven real people in 1944 across TV, the web and Twitter - in real time.  Groundbreaking new research involving thousands of hours of analysis, allowed the team to put names to anonymous faces and allow viewers to follow them throughout the day. The production team were able to plot when and where each frame was shot and play footage at the precise moment it was filmed, on TV and online.  As the day progressed, one thousand rich media updates including archive footage, stills, documents and testimonies, were posted to a specially developed, mobile-accessible, website built by Digit London.  Every single piece of archive film was geo-tagged and the route taken by each of the seven characters meticulously plotted.     D-Day: As It Happens not only pioneered a new form of story-telling, but was a compelling tribute to those that risked their lives to change the course of history.”

Judges’ Award

BT Sport Studio
“This year’s Judges’ Award goes to the creation of a highly flexible ‘L’ shaped studio which can cope with three live broadcasts on air at the same time, for up to I5 hours each, in the same studio space. The two linked three-sided studios are the largest LED-lit studios in the world. The use of LED was considered the only energy efficient way to light such a mammoth space and the LED floodlights are calibrated to be able to create shadow.  The key visual elements of the studio are generated from 27 various sized screens which are driven by a ‘Spyder’ control system that can drive all or some of the screens required.  Each screen has to be able to show a single image or part of a much larger image, moving or still, and instantly updatable in continuous live broadcasting.  The LED under-lit glass floor featuring eight different pitch markings including football, tennis, basketball, and rugby has NEVER been used in a TV studio anywhere in the world before and was specifically adapted and designed to meet their requirements.  The central hub, a tower in the middle of the studio has been designed with 13 large screens, so no matter what area you shoot from you can see video backgrounds for all the programmes. It is possibly the most innovative use of purpose-built screens in Europe.”

Lifetime Achievement Award

Andy McVean, sfx supervisor and founder SFX Ltd

“With over 35 years in the industry, the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award has provided stunning visual and special effects for many of the UK’s favourite TV shows.  Combining his creative background at art school with 25 years’ experience at the BBC, this year’s winner set up his own effects company at Pinewood Studios in 2002.  Over the last 11 years the company has gone from strength to strength, with its production portfolio dominating the primetime weekend ‘shiny floor shows’.  But no job is ever too small or request too strange for our recipient, from blowing up over 100 caravans on Brainiac to electric shocking Jedward…….he’s done it all!  He has a fantastic reputation throughout the industry and works closely with production designers, art directors and producers and with his knowledge and seamless approach to providing special effects, he’s the ‘go to’ expert for any requirement. These are just some of the shows he has worked on - Top Gear, X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing, The Voice, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Comic Relief, Children In Need, Dancing On Ice and Graham Norton.

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