Emmy Award-Winning graduate adds art exhibition to film portfolio

Oscar’s new short film showcases a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Collage of two images. Close up of 'Girl with Pearl Earring' painting by Johannes Vermeer. And, a photo of Oscar holding two Emmy's.

A Yoobee South Seas graduate has added to his already-impressive CNN portfolio.

Oscar Featherstone recently created a short film on the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of Vermeer’s paintings at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.

Oscar’s education and career journey was shared in The UP 100 publication which detailed his 10-year-long London career – from Videojug Networks, to The Telegraph, to multinational news channel CNN.

Now working as an editor producer for CNN, the Level 5 Diploma in Film and Television Production graduate won a News and Documentary Emmy Award for his work on a three-part investigative journalism piece called ‘Putin’s Private Army.’

His latest venture showcases fragile oil paintings by Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer who specialised in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. Vermeer is most well-known for his mid-1600s paintings: Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Milkmaid, and Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window.

The exhibition features famous paintings such as ‘Girl With A Pearl Earring’ hung in dark jewel-toned rooms adorned with velvet curtains. Oscar’s film was shot as part of CNN’s reporting on the exhibition and also covers how painting conservationists are able to use technology to scan the artworks and reveal Vermeer’s process.

He says he is “very proud” to have made the “beautiful film.”

“It’s not often you get a 9-minute slot on CNN’s flagship Amanpour show… but this did,” he added.

Oscar credits much of his success to the solid foundation he was provided at South Seas.

He believes the versatile programme empowered him to meet the diverse needs of multinational organisations; which seek a variety of transferrable skills, such as creativity, relationship building and leadership.

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