A BA (Hons) Film Production graduate has paid tribute to the “best teachers” after winning the inaugural Bournemouth Film School Rycote Sponsored Sound Award
Rebeca Alvaro won the award for her work on graduation films Blanket and Isle of Muck and her prize included a Cyclone Windshield Kit and Microphone from industry-leading firm Rycote.
Speaking about her win, Rebeca said: “Receiving the Rycote Sound Award was unexpected. I worked hard and passionately but I never thought about receiving anything.
“This award means a significant recognition of the work I have done therefore it makes me very happy and grateful.
“The award has made a difference in my life – it reinforced my belief in my professional future as a sound recordist/sound designer and the Rycote equipment I received was also a fantastic surprise.”
Rebeca said she had no knowledge or experience in film or sound before coming to AUB three years ago.
She said the BA (Hons) Film Production staff were “incredibly supportive” and their passion for the craft was “inspiring”.
Rebeca said: “They have empowered me and given me the confidence to express myself creatively.
“I am a quiet person and my quietness is often misunderstood. I’ve learned to use it in my favour working with sound.
“I feel lucky to have learned with the best teachers and to have collaborated with so many open-minded and artistic people at AUB.
“My experience at AUB has provided me with the opportunity to do what I love.”
A spokesman for Rycote, a brand trusted by audio professionals for its wind, shock and handling protection technology, praised Rebeca’s work.
They said: “Blanket demonstrates effective spatial contrasts, smooth sonic transitions, an informed sense of interplay between diegetic and non-diegetic sound and effective mixing/mastering throughout.
“Isle of Muck represents a wonderful contrast, showing thoughtful mic placement, attention to narrative and well-managed transitions between indoor and outdoor atmospheres.”
Speaking about Rebeca’s success, Rob Hardcastle, Senior Lecturer in Film Sound, added: “Rebeca has demonstrated a clear dedication to sound.
“In both her recording and sound post-production work, she has shown attention to detail and a commitment to quality, as well as a thoughtful approach to using sound conceptually and creatively within the collaborative medium of film-making.”
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