RTS announces winners of the Craft & Design Awards 2014
The winners of the RTS Craft & Design Awards 2014 have been announced.
The awards recognise the huge variety of skills and processes involved in programme production, from editing to lighting, and costume design to digital effects.
This year saw a host of television professionals competing in 25 categories for a coveted Royal Television Society Award. In addition there were two awards given at the discretion of the Jury Chairs: the Judges' and Lifetime Achievement Awards.
The RTS Craft & Design Awards 2013/2014 were chaired by Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC. The awards ceremony, which was hosted by Jennifer Saunders, took place on Monday 1 December 2014 at the London Hilton Park Lane.
Costume Design – Drama: Stephanie Collie
"The panel were impressed by the incredibly powerful and distinctive look and characterisation created by the costume team. Modern and edgy, the look helped create the intense mood of this magnetic and enthralling drama."
Costume Design – Entertainment & Non Drama: Annie Hardinge
"The winner was meticulously detailed, subtle and restrained. Wardrobe brought so much to the warm, human, endearing and intelligently funny characters in this outstanding comedy."
Effects – Digital: Tom Horton
"The jury were particularly impressed with the epic way in which the Digital Effects were treated. The attention to detail and the overall execution were well defined and very believable."
Effects – Picture Enhancement: Enge Gray
"The colour and contrast perfectly captured the tone and vibrancy of the subject. An almost party atmosphere which perfectly complemented the backdrop."
Effects – Special: Colin Gorry
"The effects team worked with a difficult element in very difficult conditions to achieve the feeling of claustrophobia, greatly enhancing the drama."
Graphic Design – Programme Content Sequences: Sarah Cook, Julian Gibbs, Jason Devine & Chris White
"This bold and striking content sequence, really stood out in both concept and execution."
Graphic Design – Titles: Matt Cooper
"A breath of fresh air, bold, simple, fun, a true example of titles being allowed to shine in their own right."
Graphic Design – Trails & Packaging: James Parry, John Sprott, Nick Farquhar & Olly Harnett
"Great design and an imaginative use of CGI with live action background, this work felt fresh and engaging in both concept and style."
Lighting for Multicamera: Chris Rigby
"The jury were impressed by the quality of the music numbers in the winning show. The lighting gave the numbers an edgy quality which made the winner stand out from the rest."
Multicamera Work: Chris Power
"An extraordinary use of multi camera, said the Jury - absolutely nothing was missed. The viewpoints gave the scale and danger of the challenges as well as the intimacy of the presenters' emotions."
Multicamera Work – Sport: Denise Large
"The jury had all watched the race before, but once asked to concentrate on the camera work were blown away! The viewpoints, the use of technology and the timing of the cuts between shots were extraordinary. An amazing feat."
Make Up Design – Drama
"The judges were impressed by the sheer breadth and quality of work on this brilliant drama. A remarkable feat of make up and visual style, the team delivered a blockbuster supernatural movie in terms of impact, but without blockbuster movie budgets."
Make Up Design – Entertainment & Non Drama: Lisa Armstrong
"The winning make up is at the very centre of an iconic live entertainment show and really put through its paces. Flawless, said the Jury."
Music – Original Score: Adrian Johnston
Adrian Johnston, The Tunnel, Kudos for Sky Atlantic & Canal+
"The winner is an astonishingly accomplished work that fitted perfectly around dialogue and sound. The composer intelligently solved the challenge of working with multiple directors with a clever, original and breath-taking score."
Music – Original Title: Adrian Johnston & Dominik Moll
"Brilliant, gripping and totally memorable in a simple and effective way. Just amazing said the Jury."
Production Design – Drama: Jennifer Kernke
"This series has successfully translated the world of the graphic novel to television. The suspenseful storylines are supported relentlessly by the design which has successfully managed to create a fully realised world in which the characters can breathe. This is what has made it different from anything else on television this year."
Production Design – Entertainment & Non Drama: Miranda Jones, Joanna Marshall & Gina Fields
"A really great sketch show relies on the viewer having an immediate understanding of a new scenario. On television this is primarily achieved with design. The winner is brave and quirky, presenting each new world with great detail and wit, which gives each sketch a base line of believability and allows the humour to fly."
Photography – Drama: Lol Crawley BSC
"Flawless - every frame feels cohesive, which makes this series instantly recognisable and immersive."
Photography – Documentary/Factual & Non Drama Productions: Marcus Robinson
"The vision involved in bringing a project of this scale to screen is extraordinary. The visuals breathed life into the process of the buildings construction and the same care and attention is apparent in the beautifully lit and composed interviews with the construction workers. Captivating said the Jury.
Sound – Drama: Stuart Hilliker, Jim Goddard, Jeff Richardson & Billy Quinn
"'Backdraft' on a TV budget, commented the jury who were impressed with the great skill with which the team worked in an obviously challenging environment. They managed to deliver sound which felt hyper-real whilst still retaining an absolute clarity in the dialogue."
Sound – Entertainment & Non Drama: Andy Payne
"A live OB on a major scale, with speech and music both essential ingredients, and yet with minimal rehearsal, clearly offers the sound team a colossal challenge. The jury were all astounded by the quality of the transmission which was clearly the result of great team work and professionalism."
Editing – Drama: Andrew McClelland
"The extraordinary length of this single sequence is all about the editing. It is beautifully controlled as the power shifts between the characters. The sequence is simple but the tension and jeopardy is maintained throughout."
Editing – Documentary & Factual: Philip Kloss
"Compelling story-telling which masterfully communicated the nuances of doping whilst being rooted in the race footage."
Editing – Entertainment & Situation Comedy: Mark Davies & Mark Henson
"Beautifully judged editing which takes the viewer from very funny to very poignant stories in a totally engaging way."
Editing – Sport: Tom Gent & Steve Williams
"Colour, energy and a great story which created a hypnotic masterpiece. An outstanding piece of television said the Jury."
Lifetime Achievement Award: Clive Curtis
Craft & Design chair Cheryl Taylor said: "Clive has dedicated himself to opening the way for other black stunt performers to enter the profession and move up through the ranks. He has carved out a reputation as being the consummate professional, a true gentleman and an ambassador not only to the stunt profession, but television and film production as a whole."
Judges' Award: Peaky Blinders Production Team
Cheryl Taylor said: "Peaky Blinders is celebrated for its inspired performances, fearless direction, fine and cinematic composition and forensic eye for production design. Indeed the sumptuous visual flair and highest possible production values including Sound, Editing and Music have created one of the most visually stunning and emotionally compelling dramas in British television and one that effortlessly holds its own on the global stage."