Planners with a Movie Camera, the 4th MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies (RUPS) film competition, took place on 3 June 2019 and revealed real talent amongst our students. These films are part of research for the course GY454 Urban Policy and Planning, which looks at London neighbourhoods and analyses urban policy making and planning. Five London Plan Opportunity Areas were depicted: Royal Docs, Isle of Dogs, Poplar, Elephant & Castle and Old Kent Road. Through these films, students were able to share their analysis and passion for urban studies providing a glimpse of these fascinating areas.
A selected panel of judges, listed below, awarded 3 prizes: Best Overall Film, Best Narrative and Judges’ Choice
Michele De Laurentiis (University of Roehampton)
Evelina Gambino (Phd Candidate in Geography, UCL)
Gabriela Neves de Lima
Patrick Steel (Fat Toad Films)
WINNER – BEST OVERALL FILM
Former Highgate Station – Meera, Christy, Marion, Mengbi, and Davide
The panel thought the film met the brief in a very effective manner. It gives audience a sense of the context and it presents a good range of voices and activities. The use of archive material and of a number of different means of communication was particularly effective in order to give the audience a sense of the historical context and the change that took place in the area.
WINNER – BEST NARRATIVE
Former Highgate Station – Gabriel Baudard, Arisa Miki, Eva Smaga, August Ramstad, Malo De Lesquen
The film gives a sense of the area thanks to a very coherent and original narrative. The film was well shot and edited: nice use of B roll and a good integration of interviews and archive material. Facebook messenger shots were an inspired idea that contributed to bring the film to life.
WINNER – JUDGES’ CHOICE
Highgate Bowl – Kyle Kulmann, Midi Yang, Margherita Fadda, Julie Chicaud, Camilo Umana
The film, thanks to its creative choices and an effective use of humour, managed to make the issues described engaging and entertaining. Revealing the extent of the privatised space through the camera work and maps was effective.