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Middlesbrough College partner with Film Buddy to create emerging artist Darcie T’s new music video

07 Aug 2023
Students with Darcie T

Visual and performing arts students at Middlesbrough College have partnered with Film Buddy and emerging artist Darcie T to create her latest music video ‘Crisis’.

Film Buddy are a UK based film and television organisation who bridge the gap between education and employment in the film, TV and creative media industries by connecting and offering opportunities to aspiring film crew and creatives.

Middlesbrough College students partnered with Film Buddy to work on a live brief for a music video with new artist Darcie T. The students involved in the project included Luke Readman, Iris Reamswood, Jay Willet, Fin Dell, Leon Moody, Eleanor Allen, Fiona Price and Sophie Annis.

The music video was filmed in Middlesbrough and the College students worked on all aspects of the production including filming, editing, performing, make-up and styling.

17-year-old Leon Moody who is studying Level 3 Performing Arts (Acting) said: “It gave me my first experience acting in front of a camera and a deep look into what the industry can be like. Film Buddy were a pleasure to work with and I’d love to work with them again!”  

Level 3 Creative Media Practice student Iris Reamswood added: “It was fun to work behind the scenes on an actual production and get the experience of working with other likeminded people.”

Ben Sweet, the founder of Film Buddy said: “It has been brilliant working with the students at Middlesbrough College to help create Darcie T’s new music video.

“The students were engaged with the project, listened to the brief and produced amazing results. They were committed to the experience and were hands-on in their approach to creating the video.

“Since starting the project, Darcie T has been signed to a record label which elevates the music video to a new level. The song has also been played on a range of radio stations including Jack Saunder’s BBC Radio One show.”

In addition to the music video, another group of visual and performing arts students took part in a charity video project with Film Buddy and Middlesbrough Life Services.

Middlesbrough Life Services are a charity who aim to create a world where people with additional needs are included and valued in in society. The students were briefed with creating a promotional video for their services. Students involved in the project included Millie Jackson, Luke Patterson, Jack Rooney, Ollie Chadwick, Elissa Leopard and Bethany Trenholme.

17-year-old Millie Jackson, a Level 3 Creative Media Practice student said: “It was a good experience as it allowed me to see what it might be like working to an industry standard. The experience has helped me gain experience of the working world and my skill set has expanded.” 

Ben said: “At Film Buddy we are passionate about connecting students with their communities. We support students to build local relationships and make an impact in their communities. We always aim to help and support charities where we can, and it was wonderful to work on this project with Middlesbrough Life Services.

“This project was also a success. The video has over 5,000 plays on social media and has received praise from the charity and its supporters. 

“All the students we worked with across both the music video and charity project are extremely talented. They worked hard and have bright futures ahead of them. I have no doubt that these projects will have acted as stepping stones to their careers. The College and the students should be proud of their commitment and hard work to the projects and their success.”

Bev Williamson, Associate Director of Visual and Performing Arts at Middlesbrough College said: “We are grateful for Film Buddy’s support and for bringing these fantastic opportunities to our students. It has been an invaluable experience for our students and has helped prepare them to take the next steps in industry. The guidance and learning they received from Ben and team was outstanding!

“All students enrolled on a full-time course at Middlesbrough College have the opportunity to do a work placement of up to 10 days. These placements are important for our students as they help them to decide on their future careers and are valuable for their University applications and CV.”

You can watch Darcie T’s music video ‘Crisis’ on Discovered, a new music video app that champions new and emerging artists: Discovered: Darcie T – Crisis [music video]

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