Former Shrewsbury student’s horror film features at world’s biggest film festival
15 March 2017
A former student from Shrewsbury is wowing film audiences and critics across the globe with a film he wrote and directed.
Rob Savage, who left Shrewsbury Sixth Form College now part of the Shrewsbury Colleges Group, in 2010 and is already forging a successful career in film and TV.
He spent 6 months creating ‘Dawn of the Deaf’ an apocalyptic horror short, which was made with the help of some of the deaf community in London.
Rob, 24, grew up in Shrewsbury and previously attended Meole Brace School, has been living and working in London for the past five years as a film, commercials and television director. He said: “Our aim was to create a genre film that would connect deaf and hearing audiences in an engaging, thrilling way. As opposed to re-treading the same narratives usually seen when dealing with disability, we wanted to create a tense story in which the characters' "disability" becomes their ultimate advantage over the hearing population.”
The film has picked up a host of awards and nominations. It recently won the Melies D'argent Award at the Oscar Qualifying Sitges Film Festival. The film was also chosen to play in competition at the Sundance Film, the biggest film festival in the world, in January. There were almost 10,000 entries to the festival and only 60 films were picked to be shown.
“We were the only fiction short in the entire country to be selected. It was an absolutely fantastic feeling to be recognised in this way at such an early stage in my career. We've played at almost 100 film festivals around the world and won dozens of prizes. Many of these festivals qualify us for the BAFTAs and OSCARs. We were BAFTA Shortlisted for Best British Short Film and are currently developing the short film as a feature length project, you can follow the progress at @DOTDMovie.”
“I’ve never felt so supported as when I was at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College studying A Level Film. I was just starting to seriously consider the possibility of film and TV as a viable career option and wouldn’t have been able to make my very first films if it wasn’t for the help and feedback of teachers John Comerford and Kirsty Worrow. They were both the most inspiring and encouraging teachers. I'd always go to them with ideas and show them early version of my films so that I could get their thoughts. We've stayed friends since and they've been incredibly supportive as I've moved forward in my career.
I grew up in Shrewsbury but I've been living and working in London for the past five years as a film, commercials and television director.
Former teacher, Programme Leader for Media Studies, Film Studies and Photography, Kirsty Worrow, said: “It’s so wonderful to follow Rob’s continued development and successes as a filmmaker after he studied at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College. He’s a beacon of inspiration for those dreaming of following in his footsteps.”
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