Sunderland student film-makers gaining plaudits on film festival tour

Photo attached: the cast and crew of award-winning independent film 'Reboot'; L-R: Kristina Foster (Make Up Artist), Robert Carr (Production Assistant), Mike Duddy (Sound), Tom Patrick Evans (Camera Assistant),    Richard Makepeace (Actor playing Charlie's Father), Jimmy Carter (Lead Actor playing Charlie), Liam Johnson (Writer/Director), Scott Young (Production Assistant): Front Row: Scott Coulter (Director of Photography) and Jordan Barrett (Producer).
Photo attached: the cast and crew of award-winning independent film 'Reboot'; L-R: Kristina Foster (Make Up Artist), Robert Carr (Production Assistant), Mike Duddy (Sound), Tom Patrick Evans (Camera Assistant), Richard Makepeace (Actor playing Charlie's Father), Jimmy Carter (Lead Actor playing Charlie), Liam Johnson (Writer/Director), Scott Young (Production Assistant): Front Row: Scott Coulter (Director of Photography) and Jordan Barrett (Producer).
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THREE film-makers are hoping to see their names in lights after their work took top honours.

University of Sunderland graduates Mike Duddy and Paul Meynell – both 25 – and Robert Carr, 24, all worked on the short film called Reboot in 2012.

The film went on to win a Screenplay Award at Oregon Film Festival 2012, and last week won three awards at the Southampton Film Festival – Best Directing in a Short Film, Best Score in a Short Film and Sound Design in a Live Action Film, won by Digital Film Production graduate Mike Duddy, who worked on the post production sound of the film during his third year at Sunderland.

The film tells the story of a gifted engineer whose world is shattered by the death of his father. Using his engineering skills he tries to bring his father back to life, and the film explores their relationship.

Mike and Robert got involved via the University of Sunderland Facebook group ‘Get Your Foot in the Door’, which gives students the chance to gain work experience in TV and film. They were joined by graduate Paul Meynell, who was working at Dene Films in Newcastle alongside director Liam Johnson.

Mike said: “I knew long before now that I wanted to pursue a career in sound for film. I have tried to gain more experience by working on projects. While it may take up a lot of your time and energy, it is worth it if only for the experiences gained and the lessons learned.

“The experience of working on independent short films such as Reboot is vital as part of developing and improving in my field. The university gave me the technical and theory based knowledge but it is important to put those things into practice.”

Reboot will now go on to tour film festivals, including the ITSA Film Festival in California.