Brooksby Melton College student Robyn Keetley, 20, recently impressed the judges of this year’s prestigious Enter The Pitch filmmaking competition, making it onto the longlist. This annual competition requires entrants to produce a two minute pitch based on a theme, story or verse from the bible, with finalists pitching their idea to top industry professionals, […]
Brooksby Melton College student Robyn Keetley, 20, recently impressed the judges of this year’s prestigious Enter The Pitch filmmaking competition, making it onto the longlist.
This annual competition requires entrants to produce a two minute pitch based on a theme, story or verse from the bible, with finalists pitching their idea to top industry professionals, and the winner having the opportunity to professionally produce their short film with support worth over £30,000.
Robyn, who is in her third year of the BA Digital Film Production at BMC, took inspiration from The Weeping of Ezekiel [Ezekiel 9:8] to produce a pitch for her short film ‘Echoes of War’. Robyn’s pitch, which was influenced by the 2016 decision to lift limitations on women serving in ground close combat roles, centred on a female servicewoman struggling to adjust to daily life after returning from combat. All of the longlisted films, including Robyn’s, can be viewed on the Enter The Pitch website.
Robyn commented ‘I was very excited when my pitch, ‘Echoes of War’, was selected for the longlist of Enter the Pitch. The story and themes of my entry are very different to my normal style, so I was pleased that the judges recognised the work and research that I put into the final pitch. I found the experience of developing a pitch and amending very useful, as it has helped to prepare me for pitching to Producers in the future. As the BA Digital Film Production course at BMC requires us to enter this competition every year, I have been able to see improvements in my work over the years; of the three pitches I have created, this is the first to have been selected for the longlist. In the future, I would like to go into Directing, so I enjoy the auteur nature of my college work as it means that I have control of the writing, directing and editing of my projects. The freedom that I have when developing my ideas is one of the reasons I chose to study at BMC, as the modules available let students decide the subjects and areas they want to research and practice.’
Luke Walton, organiser and head judge of the competition, said ‘Robyn’s pitch demonstrated a strong and original idea, which was a well thought through and creative response to the competition brief. The Weeping of Ezekiel was an interesting passage to use due to the apocalyptic nature of the text. Robyn was able to cleverly expand the material from this passage, creating an arena where she could shed light on the contemporary issue of post-traumatic stress. It is fantastic to have watched Robyn’s confidence and cinematic vision grow and develop over the past three years, and I am convinced that she will go on to do well within the industry.
As college courses in Film and TV Production are going from strength to strength, working with the College has brought an enormous richness to the Enter The Pitch Competition. The ability to pitch yourself, to say a lot in a clear, concise and simple way, is an incredibly valuable life skill – and this is what the competition helps entrants to develop. At Enter The Pitch, we really appreciate the link with Paul Smith and BMC, and I always look forward to attending the college as a guest lecturer to give feedback to students about their competition entries.’
Paul Smith, BA Digital Film Production lecturer at BMC said ‘Over the past 5 years BMC has been working closely with the “Enter the Pitch” Competition, as it is a great opportunity to get an idea for a short film made into reality. There are limited funds to make short films, so a competition that offers the winner of £30,000 to make a short film is extremely rare. As the competition is such a great opportunity, it is embedded into the modules of the BA (Hons) Digital Film Production programme at BMC.
This Year, Robyn has made the long list of the competition. This is a massive achievement, as predominately entrants onto the competition are industry practitioners who have a lot more experience and are normally looking for a change of career in the Film and TV industry. I cannot emphasise how pleased I am for Robyn, as it is evident that she has worked very hard on her pitch and been successful! The future looks bright for Robyn.’
The recent multi-million pound Big BMC Transformation has provided Digital Film Production students with the very best in technology, facilities and teaching. Facilities include brand new production and editing suites, a Film and TV Studio with one of the largest infinity green screens outside of London, and a range of high quality cameras, lighting, and sound equipment. BMC offers Film and TV Production courses from Level 2 through to Degree Level. For more information courses at BMC, or to book yourself a place on an open day, go to www.brooksbymelton.ac.uk or call 01664 855 444.