Screen and Film School Brighton students commissioned to create art installations in new Halls of Residence

14 May, 2021

Three Screen and Film School Brighton students have been commissioned by Alumno to create art installations in new Halls of Residence, Ravilious House on Lewes Road.

Our warmest congratulations to Akira-Kai Kitazono, Maya Dodwell, and Daniel Booroff for securing their commissions with Alumno.

Following the announcement that Alumno have been granted permission to construct Screen and Film School Brighton Halls of Residence on Lewes Road, Art Curator Matthew Jarratt invited our students to pitch a commission for a light box installation that will be displayed in the foyer of Ravilious House.

Matthew joined our students in February to deliver the brief, then students were given six weeks to develop their pitch deck and submit their proposals.

Given the theme ‘Brighton in Film’, the aim of the installation is to celebrate not only the history of film in Brighton and the current filmmaking landscape of the city, but also a nod to the future filmmakers that will hone their craft at Screen and Film School Brighton.

Our students went above and beyond expectations with their proposals. With such a difficult decision to make, the initial offering from Alumno was adapted so that three students could have their ideas turned into a reality. On making the final call, Matthew Jarratt commented that, “[It was] not easy but great to have such a pool of talent!”

Without further ado, we are very proud to announce that the following students’ proposals will be taken to the next stage of the commissioning process, where they will work with Matthew Jarratt and Alumno to create three installations that will be displayed in Ravilious House:

Akira-Kai Kitazono has been chosen for his proposal to re-create stills from the ground-breaking films of the Brighton School (circa 1896 – 1910) with current filmmakers, which will be displayed in the foyer light boxes for the next generation of Brighton’s filmic future.

Maya Dodwell has been selected for her ‘Love in Brighton’ pitch, where she will capture romantic scenes from the city’s films that range from present day to as early as the 1930s. These images will be sited in the corridors and common rooms of Ravilious House.

Daniel Booroff’s chosen proposal is to create a music video in collaboration with students of our partner institutes BIMM Brighton, and the Institute of Contemporary Theatre Brighton. Behind-the-scenes stills will be displayed in the Halls, accompanied by a QR code linking to the full music video.

In response to this fantastic news, Craig Ennis, Head of First Year at Screen and Film School Brighton said: “I was more than pleased to see the number of First Year students that threw their hat into the ring for this commission, and I am incredibly impressed with the quality of the submissions I saw. It is testament to their creativity that an outright winner couldn’t be chosen, and that three people have been invited to contribute.”

Our warmest congratulations to Akira-Kai, Maya and Daniel for their proposals. They have all been contacted by Matthew Jarratt and Alumno to begin the next steps in the commissioning process and we look forward to seeing their progress.

Screen and Film School Brighton would also like to congratulate all of our students that took the time to create a proposal for Alumno, and we will reach out to those that were not chosen on this occasion to suggest an alternative opportunity for their consideration.



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