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Making Music Videos at Teesside University

April 2019


Directors oversee the filming and instruct the studio floor crew from the control booth.

A group of 20 Media Studies students in Years 11 and 12 have recently attended a film-making workshop at Teesside University. There, they were were able to use state-of-the-art camera, lighting and editing equipment to create a professional music video for their coursework.

The £750,000 studio facilities at Teesside gave students the opportunity to experience film-making as a production team in an industry-style setting. Individuals took on a variety of roles in the studio, from camera and lighting operators to Directors, Studio Managers and performers with outstanding results. Under the guidance of Mark Handscombe, Senior Lecturer at Teesside, students worked together to produce a performance video for "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor' by Arctic Monkeys.

With strict time restrictions to consider, the experience was the ultimate lesson in working as a production team as effective communication was essential in order to achieve the end result. The music video completes the production work for their BTEC course in Creative Media Production.

Year 12 student, Logan L took on the role of Director in the studio. He said, "The Director's job is to instruct the camera crew on the studio floor via headphones so I was a bit nervous at first because I am not used to taking control of a team of people. I worked with Amber to decide on the camera angles and shots and I soon felt more confident and really enjoyed it. I am now more determined than ever to study at Teesside University."