Media students’ film company scoops multiple awards

A student-run film company is celebrating winning a host of national awards.

Creative Media students media production company

BlueSub media was founded by student Joe Lander when he started studying the UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Media and Production at Truro College in 2019.

Begun to support Joe’s university applications and future ambitions, Creative Media and Production students Dan Jose, Mai Gallagher and Dan Morris joined Joe, with many more students from the College’s Media department getting involved along the way and gaining the industry experience by doing so.

BlueSub’s ‘Isolation Film Series’ saw them create 12 short films during lockdown, then winning multiple awards, including the overall ‘Isolation Film Challenge’ from Devon and Cornwall Film.

The company has gone on to feature 10 short films in regional and national film festivals including Lift-Off Global Network, Southwest Filmathon, Flickfair, and Carmarthen Bay Film Festival (CBFF).

Executive producer Joe Lander and his dad Terry, who stars in some of the productions, took it in turns to direct a different film over 12 weeks, starting with ‘The Kidnapper’ and culminating with the ‘The Waiting Room,’ with the whole series available online at

Truro College Media student Joe Lander

Joe Lander, Creative Media student and founder of BlueSub Media.

“It’s great to work on a project with people on your course with similar aspirations,” says Joe. “I have been encouraged to take my learning further through the skills learnt in lessons and tutors allowing me to have the independence to use my ideas.

“My biggest achievement over the last two-years is seeing my friends get into universities and have interviews with experience gained at BlueSub Media, and gaining the understanding of media and film at College has helped me to make BlueSub a success.”

Joe aspires to be a Radio One host, particularly on the Breakfast Show and has already started his journey by volunteering for local radio station Coast FM, where he hosts ‘The BlueSub Brothers Show’ on a Sunday.  

He is soon to start at the University of Salford on his BA (Hons) in Television and Radio Production., while his BlueSub Media team have successfully established their own website, podcast, and social media audience and branded merchandise.

On his experience of studying at the College, Joe says: “When I first started College, I thought I knew how to make films, but until I learnt about lighting, editing, camera angles, the important of lenses and practical television and radio skills, I couldn’t have produced these videos to the same level.

“The lecturers inspire you to enter your films into festivals from an early stage. The College helps you get to where you want to be.”

Joe Lander