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Filming The Feeling
Filming The Feeling

Working with The Feeling

By Abigail Outhwaite
A group of students from Chilwell School have collaborated with chart-topping indie band, The Feeling, to create a music video for one of their B-sides.

The venture, known as "The Project 2", is a component of the second year of "The Project" - a scheme under which the students attend weekly meetings and learn film editing and production skills. The first year saw students produce "Another Day" - a short film which was screened at the Broadway Cinema, Nottingham.

AS Media Studies student, Tom Herbert, has been a member of the production team for two years, and is head of the Research Team.

"[It's] a really good experience for people who are only 16, meeting a big international band… [we've also got to] work with a 50,000 camera. We've learnt all sorts of things - life skills really, things like how to communicate, speak to people on the phone and how to use a camera."

Input from The Feeling

The pupils travelled to London to witness the making of The Feeling's latest video, Love It When You Call, and interview the band on where they got their ideas from and their thoughts on the project.

Tom Herbert
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The band gave their approval and requested updates on the students' progress and a chance to see the finished product.

When The Feeling arrived in Nottingham for a gig, the students were invited to attend and interview them once more.

The students also intend to devise a "Making of the Video" documentary, featuring behind-the-scenes exclusives, the chronological production of the video and outlining the band’s involvement in the project.

Extra-curricular activity

Project 2 is run as an extra-curricular activity and has so far attracted approximately 40 students from the school.

The pupils work in four teams, with hand-picked team leaders. Everyone puts in a minimum of two hours a week, and each student is appointed a specific job title.

Sixteen year old Tom learnt camera work and editing in The Project's first year, and used his skills to help film "Another Day"; an experience that has served him well.

The Feeling
The Feeling

"This year I'm doing that stuff again [and I'm also] in charge of research - I've been talking to TV companies about showing the video and documentary, arranging locations, ringing people up and stuff like that.

"I'd definitely like to do something in media or production when I'm older - I'm doing AS Media Studies this year and I want to do some work experience in editing."

A step into the film industry

Tom's portfolio is already iimpressive, with a short film, music video and documentary under his belt half way through his first year of A Levels. It is hoped that The Project will provide Chilwell's pupils with an invaluable step ahead in the notoriously competitive film industry.

The school's headmaster, Rob Haylock, is optimistic about the venture.

"As successful as Project 1 was, Project 2 looks to be even better. Chilwell students will have to rise to the challenge of making a professional video for one of the UK's top recording bands. Meeting that challenge will take those students to places they have not been before."

last updated: 19/12/06
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