UWTSD students create digital content for National Trust initiative


A group students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) in Carmarthen have been working with the National Trust in Pembrokeshire on the recent launch of its new visitor base at Freshwater West.

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As part of their BA Film and Digital Media course, all students are given the opportunity to work with external clients on a live project and this year, Rhys Rassmussen, Gethin Hagie and Daniel Griffiths were all chosen to work with the National Trust on this particular assignment.

The group had been tasked with developing multimedia promotional material to showcase the beautiful area of coastline off Freshwater West as well as the new Gupton Farm residential activity centre.  Gupton Fram has recently been developed by the National Trust and includes camping, farmhouse accommodation and community facilities on-site.  The traditional Pembrokeshire farm has been reinvented and is now the gateway to the beach, the place to learn more of the area’s story and see how agriculture can deliver for nature.

“As part of their degree programme, students are able to work on a live project with clients from a range of industries. Whilst all clients have very different needs, they do have one common requirement – they all want their ideas to be communicated through the most effective media possible,” says UWTSD Film and Digital Media lecturer, Dr Brett Aggersberg.

Rhys, Daniel and Gethin spent several months working with clients Mike May and Kate Rees from the National Trust to help develop a contemporary approach to capture the interest and imagination of a new and expanding audience.

Using cutting edge Panasonic and Sony cameras to film the coastline, Gupton Farm and night sky timelapse, the team produced a series of professional films and photographic material that provide a truly unique view of this special part of the west Wales.

Gethin Hagie, one of the students working on the projects has thoroughly enjoyed the experience and has learnt a great deal about the real life world of work.

“It was really interesting to work with the National Trust on this project,” says Gethin.

“We created a range of social media content for the Trust as well as two promotional videos and landscape, timelapse and astro-photography.

“It was also been a very beneficial experience – learning to work as part of a team; portraying our ideas to client and applying what we have learnt at University as part of a real life situation,” he adds.

Student Rhys Rasmussen also enjoyed being involved with the project and is delighted to see the content they created being shared on-line.

"Working with the National Trust was a fantastic opportunity.  It allowed us to put our practical skills to use in a professional environment. Our shoots went really well and it was great to be able to share our finished videos with everyone."

Mike May, Business Development Officer for National Trust Stackpole, said: “We thoroughly enjoyed working with the UWTSD Film and Digital Media team for the second year. The output, using the latest digital techniques, has been very professional. The student team put a lot of energy and skill into the project, and we are delighted with the results.”

To see the students’ work and to learn more about the new facilities on offer at the National Trust site at Freshwater West, go to  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/freshwater-west-and-gupton-farm

For further information on live project opportunities with the School of Film and Digital Media at UWTSD, please contact Dr Brett Aggersberg, b.aggersberg@uwtsd.ac.uk

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Further Information


For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476