Budding film-maker produces music video for local band

A Shrewsbury College Media student has put his creative talents to use this month by producing a stylised music video for Shrewsbury-based band, The Rainbreakers.

Charlie Battson, aged 18, a Year 2, Creative Media student at Shrewsbury College, had to complete his end of year final major project as part of the course, working on a real-life brief. He contacted the band via social media and was invited to one of their local gigs at The Hole in the Wall pub, Shrewsbury.

“I hadn’t known the guys in the band prior to contacting them,” said Charlie. “They were extremely friendly and we were mutually excited about making the video. It all happened so quickly, but the guys were fantastic to work with.

“I was approached by their manager at the gig at the pub, and asked if I wanted to go with them the following day to the Chester Rocks festival where they performed. I jumped at the opportunity and the experience was invaluable. I shot footage of the guys backstage, and from the press box during their set – the press were asked to leave as I filmed, which felt strange, but exciting.

“I was given creative freedom with this project, which I really enjoyed, but the band had some good ideas, which I have incorporated into the final product,” he added.

The music video was made for the bands new single, ‘Gone’, and will be launched on their website and YouTube channel alongside the single’s release date, on July 6. The band will also be performing on the Local Heroes Stage at this Shrewsbury Fields Forever Festival on Friday, September 12.

“The band have already given me some great feedback on the video and seem pleased with what I have done, so I look forward to see it released. I will definitely be keeping in touch with the band, and maybe one day get an opportunity to work with them again,” said Charlie.

Charlie has received an unconditional offer at Salford University to study Sound & Video Technology later this year.

“I am really looking forward to starting my course at university. If it is anything like the course at Shrewsbury College then I know I will enjoy it. I have made some friends for life here and the practical skills and knowledge I have gained will help me, not only at university but in my future career within the industry,” he added.

Media Lecturer from Shrewsbury College, Paula Whitlow, said: “Charlie has been an exceptional and dedicated student. It has been a joy to see his skills and confidence grow over the past two years and I have every faith that he will go on to succeed great things.

“Working on real-life projects gives our students fundamental experience that helps benefit them in their future career and we encourage all of our students to actively seek out these hands-on work experiences.”

For more information about Media courses at Shrewsbury College please call 01743 342411 or click here

To check out Charlie’s music video for The Rainbreakers on July 6, visit www.therainbreakers.com

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