BAFTA haul for UCA alumni

TV Craft Bafta

Two graduates from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) are celebrating major wins after taking home gongs at the Bafta TV Craft Awards.

BA (Hons) Film Production alumni Dominic Mitchell and Mark Towns picked up their awards at a star-studded event at The Brewery in the City of London.

Dominic, who collected the Bafta for Best Writer - Drama for his BBC3 series In The Flesh, said in an interview with Bafta: "It was the first TV script I'd ever written, to get it made was just amazing, so this now is incredible, it's a dream come true really."

Dom Mitchell Bafta

Dominic with his BAFTA

Aired in March 2013, In The Flesh is a reimagining of the 'zombie-apocalypse' in which a teenage 'rotter' is rehabilitated back into the local community. The show returns for a second series on May 4 on the BBC.

The show originally came about after Dominic took part in a BBC Writer's Room scheme, from which the resulting script idea was commissioned.

Dom Mitchell 2 Bafta

"They took a chance on me, they took the chance on an idea. I hadn't written anything for TV before, and then Hilary Martin and Simon Judd, who are with BBC North, they took a chance on it, they optioned it, and they really championed it. And here we are," said Dominic.

Mark Towns meanwhile collected the award for Best Editing - Factual for his work on the Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall series Educating Yorkshire, which follows the everyday lives of staff and students at a Dewsbury School.

Mark, whose previous credits include The Apprentice and Coppers, told Bafta: "It was an amazing show to work on. Originally I wasn't actually going to work on it, but I came in to do five weeks assembling for them, but as I saw more and more, I thought, "I'll put another job back," so ended up doing 10 or 12 weeks."

Mark Towns Bafta

All smiles as Mark shows off his award

Talking about the editing process, Mark said: "They had 50 cameras and they were shooting for 30 days from seven in the morning until five at night.

"I was quite lucky because I came on mid-way through the process.  They had the teacher, but they weren't sure if they could make a film out of him, so I was given maybe about eight scenes to cut, and we thought, 'yeah, there's definitely a film in him,' so it turned out to be very good."

Mark Towns 2 Bafta

BA (Hons) Film Production at UCA is one of the longest established film courses in the country and embraces all areas of film production from documentary and fiction to artist's filmmaking and critical writing. Its previous alumni include Gareth Edwards, director of Monsters and the upcoming big-budget Hollywood reboot of Godzilla.

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