Student filmmakers working on TV hit, graduate with first-class degree and award

Student filmmakers working on TV hit, graduate with first-class degree and award

Two student filmmakers, who made their names working on a hit TV programme while studying, have graduated not only with first-class degrees but a special award recognising their hard work and contribution to the university.  

Paul Bacon, 21, from Buxton, Derbyshire and Nathan Buckley, 24, from Stroud, Gloucester won the amazing opportunity to work with renowned filmmaker Terry Abraham on the final instalment of smash hit TV show, ‘Life of a Mountain’. 

They got the opportunity to work with Terry Abraham when their course leader arranged for him to give a guest lecture to students.   

Terry was so impressed with the students’ calibre, he took three of them on as crew on a trial basis, and since then Paul and Nathan have made it a more permanent arrangement.  

Course leader, Laura Baxter, nominated them for the arts ‘Industry and Enterprise Prize’ at the winter graduation in recognition for their hard work and being outstanding ambassadors for the university. 

Laura said: “Paul and Nathan have worked together extraordinarily hard and on an equal basis, both achieving a first-class degree and making consistently very high levels of effort in their academic work. 
They worked tirelessly as the production crew alongside industry mentor, Terry Abraham, on a variety of community projects and have been fantastic ambassadors for the University of Cumbria.” 

Part of their work with Terry involved the boys climbing Helvellyn and the surrounding summits hundreds of times, often camping overnight to capture sunsets, sunrises and dawn cloud inversions and wildlife inhabiting the landscape, in all weather conditions. 

As well as working on ‘Helvellyn,’ they have worked on various community projects including a film for the ‘Friends of the Lake District’ community organisation, celebrating their 85th anniversary.   

Talking about the award, Paul said: 

“It’s amazing! The award was a really nice way to round off my undergraduate degree and was totally unexpected. I didn’t know I had been nominated so it’s a really nice surprise. 

Talking about what he’s doing now, Paul said: “I’m studying a masters’ in creative practice at the University of Cumbria so still pushing my practice forward, exploring new things and I hope to look into lecturing further down the line.” 

Nathan said: “I’m very honoured and grateful to receive this award.

"I’d like to thank Laura our lecturer for nominating us and our friend and film-maker, Terry Abraham, for all the projects we’ve been able to work on. It's been really great and given us fantastic experience.” 

In the future, Nathan hopes to continue to work alongside Terry, carrying out more outdoor film-making and photography and more freelance work of his own.   

Commenting on Paul and Nathan’s accomplishment, Terry Abraham said: 

“I’m tremendously proud of both Nathan and Paul. In fact, truth be told, I feel rather paternal about them!  

"I’m chuffed to bits with how they’ve evolved and developed their skills whilst working together alongside me whilst I produce personal swansong to the fells of Lakeland.    

“Consequently, by chance, I’ve found my crew members I’ll trust and know will nail the shots I seek on future documentaries featuring the beauty of the great outdoors.” 

‘Life of Mountain: Helvellyn’ premieres next year. Paul and Nathan produced many shots that will feature in the final cut of the documentary, which is currently in the final stages of post-production. Their names will  feature in the cinematography credits. 

An exhibition featuring material from the making of Terry’s three films will feature in the university's Vallum Gallery in June next year.