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Bafta nominations recognise USW graduates

MJ Hygate

Nineteen graduates from the University of South Wales (USW) have been working on TV shows that have been nominated for British Academy Television Craft Awards.

The alumni from the Film and TV School Wales, at the heart of Cardiff’s creative industry, worked in the teams being recognised across two categories: Production Design and Special, Visual & Graphic Effects.

The Bafta Craft Awards recognise behind-the-scenes production talent like writers, editors and sound mixers.

The ceremony takes place in the month before the main Bafta TV Awards, which generally reward on-screen talent.

USW holds strong links with major film and TV industry employers, including Bad Wolf, the production company behind the critically-acclaimed drama, His Dark Materials, which is up for five Bafta awards this year.

The winners will be revealed during a digital-only ceremony on Friday 17 July, hosted by comic actor, Stephen Mangan.

The USW graduates are:

Peter Nation Grainger Assistant Art Director Killing Eve
Sophie Cowdrey Art Department Assistant Sex Education
Rhodri Matthews Lighting TD Good Omens
Irena Smitakova Digital Matte Painter Good Omens
Jay Murray Compositor Chernobyl
Leanne Dua Roto / Prep Artist Chernobyl
Jack Phillips Roto / Prep Supervisor Chernobyl
MJ Hygate Pre-vis Animator His Dark Materials
Paulo Figueiredo Pre-vis/Post-vis artist His Dark Materials
Joshua Marfell Jones Junior pre-vis artist His Dark Materials
Jordan Morton Post-vis artist His Dark Materials
Salinee Mukhood Pre-vis artist His Dark Materials
Darren Fereday Concept artist His Dark Materials
Jackson Rolls-Gray Junior pre-vis artist His Dark Materials
Lauren Filby Virtual reality assistant His Dark Materials
Harrison McIntosh Post-vis artist His Dark Materials
Hannah Davies Junior concept Artist His Dark Materials
Claudia Diaz Compositor His Dark Materials
Maddi Orchard Technical Animator His Dark Materials


MJ Hygate, USW graduate, is employed by Painting Practice, an award-winning design company. She said: “When I first started my course the one goal I gave myself was to work on something I love and to get my name in the credits. Tick – done that!”

Tom Ware, Director in Production and Performance, USW said: “We are thrilled that, thanks to our close partnership with Screen Alliance Wales (SAW), we are able to create so many opportunities for our students and graduates to work on internationally respected screen projects. To be able to support so many talented young people, now and on future series, is both an honour and a privilege.”

Yassmine Najime, Studio Manager at Painting Practice, said: “It is wonderful and inspiring to see so many people coming to us with different sets of skills and managing to help realise projects which are recognised world-wide for their high quality! Our partnership with USW and SAW really carries the seeds of what welsh talent can bring to the table, once given the opportunity to be nurtured and thrive!”