Award success for young Ardnamurchan film-maker

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It is red carpets all round as a young person from Ardnamurchan has made a film which has garnered awards across Scotland.

The Brave looks at the experience of being Scottish from young people’s perspectives. The short film has gathered momentum, winning the prestigious John Byrne Award and the Paisley Open Mind Festival.

These successes brought it to the attention of the Edinburgh Film Festival where the short was selected to play at the New Visions event as well as at the Lift Off Global Network Sessions.

Hannah Hunter, from Kilchoan, is currently in her final year of a BA Film-making at Glasgow’s prestigious Royal Conservatoire Scotland (RCS).

She acted as cinematographer on The Brave, which stars young actor Cameron McNee and was written and directed by the St Andrews University and RCS pairing of Fraser Scott and Iona Ramsay.

Hannah is ambitious to keep moving forward and improving. She said: ‘I think it’s good for our first small-scale production but recently we’ve created films of a much higher standard.

‘We try to make as much as we can between classes and grad shoots and the quality of our work has quickly began to improve over the course of the year which is very exciting.

‘I never pictured myself as someone who would prefer working on-set to production-based duties, yet I soon began to love the pressure that comes from the disciplined process of working with crew and cast to create work of a great quality.’

Looking ahead to when she graduates, she continued: ‘Currently, I’m enthusiastic to keep creating original work as it brings its own freedoms and limitations and allows you to push yourself to think unconventionally.

‘I love experimenting with cameras and kit, and with the resources that RCS provides for us we have a lot to utilise.

‘After I graduate this year, I would love to get an apprenticeship with one of the TV production companies in Scotland as television has always been the area I’ve wanted to work in most.

‘Most likely, I’ll be a floor runner for a while but, eventually, I’d love to work in an area where I can make more of a creative contribution.’