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Cass Visual communications students and alumni work on award winning short film titled FlySpy

Last year, The Cass Illustration BA and Graphic Design BA students Shaema Shibli, Korinna Mei Veropoulou and James Notarianni had the chance to collaborate with BAFTA award-winning Film Director Dan Smith on the new and exciting short-film, FlySpy.

Dan Smith and the team

Dan Smith is an editor and director, known for The Best Medicine (2012), David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive (2014) and more. The project involved our students developing all of the films storyboards, used by high-profile actors to follow instructions, but also translated into an animatic for promotional purposes.

Not only were our students credited within the film, but they also received an incredible insight into the industry by working collaboratively with a production team that included Jake Lunt (Concept Artist for Star Wars: The Force Awakens), JellyFish Pictures (BAFTA award winning visual effects and animation studio), Halo Post (award winning post production studio) and Xavi Amoros (commercials and feature films Director of Photography). The film has since been entered into festivals around the world and won several awards.

Film festival Awards

Silver Scream Fest - 2016 (3 Awards):

  • Best Sci Fi Short
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best CGI

Accolade Global Film Competition: Award of Excellence Special Mention: Film Short - 2016
Rincon International Film Festival - Certificate of Excellence Award - 2016
London International Film Festival – Best Sci-Fi Short - 2016
SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival – Best Sci-Fi Short - 2016
Arizona International Film Festival – Best Dramatic Short - 2016
Los Angeles Reel Film Festival - 1st Place Foreign Film - 2016

Official Selections 2016

London Short Film Festival
Cannes Short Film Corner
Oxford International Film Festival
London International Film Festival
Silver Scream Fest
SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival
Manhattan Film Festival
Newport Beach International Film Festival
Arizona International Film Festival
Sci-Fi London (VR only)
Lighthouse International Film Festival (Long Beach Island, New Jersey)
Long Island International Film Expo
Los Angeles Reel Film Festival
Women’s Independent Film Festival (Santa Monica, CA

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