As the 2015 Degree Show drew to a close Ravensbourne hosted its prestigious awards ceremony, celebrating student successes. This year saw a new award added to the running order, the Students’ Student of the Year.
This award recognises the third year student who represents Ravensbourne's values while also being a natural determined leader. The winner should show support to their peers, be dedicated, passionate and committed to bettering themselves as a creative.
In particular the main criteria are:
- Are they a face of Ravensbourne by being involved?
- Are they creative and inclusive, as well as integrated within the industry?
- Have they ever been helpful towards you and you want to now say 'thank you'?
- Are they the most thoughtful student?
Voted for by all Ravensbourne students, this year’s winner is BA (Hons) Editing and Post Production student, Benjamin Rozario.
In this brief interview Benjamin talks to us about his pathway to Ravensbourne and his experiences as an Editing and Post Production student.
What made you choose Ravensbourne and your course of study?
Following my A level studies at college I wasn't sure which direction I wanted to take but had an enthusiasm for film, in particular editing and post production. Like many of my peers, when growing up I enjoyed creating short films. I didn't know much about the industry or the tools of the trade but was thoroughly impressed by Ravensbourne’s facilities, technology and connection with the industry.
Could you tell us a little bit about your experience while at Ravensbourne?
Ravensbourne has been an incredible experience. I've never felt more at home in London than studying at Ravenbourne and collaborating with a variety of talented students. Between level two and level three I found my passion for colour grading and over the past year have worked on some incredible projects including short films, music videos and a feature film. My tutors could not have been more supportive and have given me the encouragement and inspiration I needed to pursue my chosen career. Through Ravensbourne’s close connection with the industry I’ve gained invaluable experience in a variety of post production facilities which has led to my current full time position as a junior edit assistant.
What does it mean to you to have won the Students' Student of the Year Award?
Winning Student's Student of the Year is fantastic! I'm so pleased to have been nominated and thankful to all those who voted for me. I thoroughly enjoy helping others and the last year has given me a chance to do so in all aspects of post production. I've met some incredible people over the course of my studies and to receive this award really concludes my experience.
What are your future plans?
Preceding my departure from Ravensbourne, my aspirations are to follow a career as a colourist. I'm currently working as a junior edit assistant which allows me to gain hands-on experience with codecs, formats, ingesting and transcoding, while also developing my communication skills, including liaising with clients and working with senior members of staff. Aside from this I'm working as a freelance colourist, building my skills in both the technical and creative aspects of colour grading.
Benjamin Rozario has been a model student for us in Editing & Post Production; he has applied himself to every aspect of the course. Consequently he has an excellent portfolio and a job in the industry.
Senior Lecturer – Editing and Post Production