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 3 December 2001 

University of Sussex media students commissioned to make film for ScottishPower

A group of third year media studies students have powered up to make a promotional film after winning a commission from ScottishPower.

Fiona Tidbury and Jo Rayner, who are both studying music and media studies, and Suridh Hassan, who is studying media studies, have recently completed filming at ScottishPower's Rye House natural gas power station at Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire.

"This kind of project is invaluable for the students," says Ken Whittington, their media production tutor. "There are very few opportunities to gain experience of media production in the real world."

ScottishPower, which supplies energy to business and domestic customers, asked eleven universities to bid for the film project, with the Sussex group eventually winning the contract after meeting with ScottishPower staff in person to discuss the project.

"I want to work behind the camera in TV, so I did more of the directing and planning than the actual filming," says Jo.

The narration will be done by a professional voice-over artist and the music for the film is currently being finalised.

"We wanted to use the John Lennon song 'Power to the People' in the film but it would have been too expensive to get permission," says Fiona. "So Jo and I are planning to compose the music for the film now as well."

The 10-minute promotional film will be used by ScottishPower at the Rye House power station and also for presentations to schools and colleges. The students hope to have a rough cut of the film finished before Christmas.

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For further information, please contact Peter Simmons or Jacqui Bealing, University of Sussex, Tel. 01273 678888, Fax 01273 877456, email or

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