“Endless” wins Best Short Film

Congratulations to the creators of Endless for wining the award for the best film in this year’s Digital Video module!

From left to right: Peter, Michael, June, Thomas and Chloe standing with their tutor James.

Endless follows the story of Lily as she begins to create her first video blog to share the stories in her life. But her vlog soon becomes a cry for help for the domestic violence she receives in her relationship with her boyfriend Ben.

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The characters of Lily and her boyfriend Ben.

Digital Video is a first year practical module which gives Media students the opportunity to work together as a group to produce a short 5 minute film. The winners of this year’s best film were voted for by their classmates.


MCC Movie Night: Elf

Last MCC Movie Night of the year! So crack open the mince pies and get your slippers on for our screening of Elf

1st Dec, 5pm, Screening Room

Meet Buddy, a baby raised by elves who grows to realise he doesn’t quite fit in. Determined to find a place where he belongs, Buddy searches for his real dad – in New York City! A laugh-out-loud comedy Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan and Zooey Deschanel.

Get your FREE ticket here!!

This is a free event exclusively for Keele MCC and ISC students. Make sure you arrive on time, as doors CLOSE at 5:15 and entry will not be permitted after this. SO DON’T BE LATE!

Hacking Plastic – event

We’re very pleased to be part of two events in November, which are run as part of the Being Human festival. Hosted at B-Arts, we’ll be exploring some creative ways we can deal with the problem of plastic waste – which has been in the newspaper headlines recently, with the discovery of a new plastic garbage patch in the Pacific that is the size of Mexico.

hacking plastic

One of the difficulties about dealing with plastic is that we often think we’re disposing of it responsibly when we recycle, but this isn’t necessarily the case. The problem with plastic is that it’s not just harmful when it’s discarded (as with famous images of it harming wildlife, such as the below image), because plastic is equally problematic when it breaks down. Frictions caused by ocean waves make an ideal environment for it to break down into tiny particles, which we might not be able to see but – as Thom van Dooren has described  – can lead to the slow death of species such as albatrosses. These workshops are, we hope, the start of a series of initiatives where we can use a range of creative approaches to re-think our relationship with a material that is simultaneously so everyday and so fraught with problems. More about the project can be found here.


24 Hour Filmmaking Challenge

First Year student Shauna successfully completed a 24 hour filmmaking challenge this weekend! Her short video, The Artist’s High, can be seen here:

The film follows the Journey of an artist who decides to go on a train and see where life will take her. She has never seen fireworks before and so she’s amazed at this new experience with all the new colours. However the train journey and visiting new places never actually happened and it was just a hit of Heroin. The whole “trip” Is played backwards and you see that the first step that she took was really just a step in the drugged up world she’s living in. You later discover that it never happened when you see a rope tied around her arm with a needle in the other hand laying unconscious on a couch.

Shauna’s intentions of the film is not to promote or romanticise drug use, but use the 24h film challenge as a creative outlet for her passion for film making!

See Shauna’s YouTube Channel here

Shauna did incredibly well to write, plan, produce, shoot and edit a completed film in just 24 hours! Well done Shauna! 🙂

Green Screening Unicorn Heads!

Just when you thought MCC couldn’t get any more creative, we’ve now been green-screening the head of a unicorn! A group of Digital Video students have a fantastic story to tell… with the help of a little green-screen magic.

The plan was to green-screen just the head of the unicorn, and replace it with smokey imagery and rainbow colours.

This was just a test shoot, to see how the green-screening would work in controlled lighting conditions, but we can’t wait to see the final product!!