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Five Bristol companies scoop 2013 Media Innovation Awards

Published on Monday, 25th November 2013
Five Bristol based companies picked up six trophies at the 2013 Media Innovation Awards

Five companies based in Bristol have picked up an amazing six trophies at the 2013 Media Innovation Awards held in the Royal William Yard in Plymouth.  Hosted by one of Channel 4’s 3 Hungry Boys, Thom Hunt, the event is a joint initiative by the media and design networks in the South West.  Now in their seventh year, the awards celebrate the most innovative work produced by creative companies.

Mobile Pie won the Games category for Pen Pilot, an original action-puzzle game for Samsung devices which involves the player guiding a stunt plane through more than 30 increasingly difficult obstacle courses which demand skill, logic and expert timing.  The judges thought that it was fun, elegant and cleverly targeted at a specific device with a delightfully tactile interface. 

Total Permission a film produced by Burrell Durrant Hifle for Watershed which was commissioned by The Space, the BBC, Arts Council England and Scotland won the Video/Film award.  Total Permission brings together 12 ambitious projects from 12 extraordinary artists who pushed the boundaries beyond what many may have thought possible, to perform at the Unlimited Festival, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.   The judges thought that this was a well-made film with an enthusiastic narrator taking us on a journey with a light touch.

Pixillion scooped the Web award for a website for the Technology Strategy Board.  Their website was a heavily video-driven responsive website which highlighted projects completed in 2012.   The site serves up a full-screen experience on the big screen while offering a quick and easy to browse mini-site for smart phone users. The judges thought that it was a well-thought-out responsive theme with a smooth interface that was intuitive to use with great use of web video.

New design agency, Fiasco Design, also celebrated a win in the New Talent / New Business category. Established in 2010 the company has an impressive list of clients including Channel 4 Education, Penguin Books, Red Bull and Liverpool University.  The judges were impressed by the diversity and quality of creative work being produced by this young agency.

A project designed by David Glowacki and Phill Tew and produced by the University of Bristol and Interactive Scientific Ltd picked up two awards.  The first was within the Installation/Exhibition/Live Event category and the climax of the evening was when it won the Outstanding Contribution to Innovation award.  Danceroom Spectroscopy, or dS, is a fusion of science, design, technology and choreography which utilises 3D motion capture technologies to create an interactive experience.  It gives people insight into the dynamism and mechanics of the invisible atomic world. The judges thought that this project made complex scientific theories accessible, engaging and visually striking.

Steve Gray, from London-based digital agency Stickee, who chaired the judging panel said:  “The standard of work being produced in the South West is exceptional and the judges were treated to some cutting edge projects. The work we have seen this year demonstrates a great mix of creative flair and beautifully finished production.  The Media Innovation Awards once again prove that the region is a creative centre of excellence and demonstrate what a breadth of talent it has.”