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28 April 2015

Meet #MetComedyChallenge Winner Gabriel Dantas

By Danny Kelly | Categorised in News, Events at Met Film School

Last Wednesday saw the conclusion of our #MetComedyChallenge competition with an exclusive comedy event within Ealing Studios. Out of the five shortlisted nominees, it was 18-year old Brazilian Gabriel Dantas who successfully walked away with a £10,000 study voucher for his entry – ‘Do Not Buy a Cat’.

When greeting Gabriel upon his arrival on site, we were humbled to find out that he had flown over to London, for the first time, predominantly for the purpose of attending the event. After receiving the night’s top prize, we made sure to invite Amoh back to the school the next day to find out more about him, show some student work and provide a campus tour.

Do Not Buy a Cat’ was definitely one of our more eccentric entries – a fast-paced video about Gabriel’s frustration with his newly enquired pet. In making it, he describes being inspired by his love of “surreal things with good editing”, consciously drawing upon American (and perhaps Japanese?) media rather then the more serious output of his own nation. One of our judges – Green Wing creator Victoria Pile – described the 60-second clip as “unexpected”, “zingy” and “technically lovely.”

Gabriel tells us that he originally found out about the competition through Twitter, and that it was an exciting opportunity to fulfill his long-term dream of studying at an internationally renowned film school – a prospect that wouldn’t be feasible without winning this prize. He explained that “winning was so much more than just an award…it was more a blessing really.”

When discussing what he wants to get out of studying at Met, Gabriel said he is eager to ‘know more about postproduction, and how to make movies using props, cameras, lighting and audio equipment. What I know about editing, filming and audio is what I’ve got from YouTube tutorials – I want to get something professional and really have someone teaching me.”

While he has certainly done well in teaching himself some basic skills – something that is evident from his popular YouTube channel Mr Poladoful – he says that he is excited “to try something new and different.”

We look forward to welcoming Gabriel back to London later this year, when he hopes to join our Six-Month Practical Filmmaking course.

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