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Bradford students film bands for BBC

Published: Tues 03 March 2015
Bradford students film bands for BBC

This weekend two students from the School of Media, Design and Technology took the opportunity to film bands Scars on 45 and The Dunwells live in concert for the BBC.

Bradford lecturer, Chris Hazell, mentored the students; Neil McLarty, MA in Digital Filmmaking, and James Chesterton-Hepple, BA Hons Television Production, as they filmed the bands live across two nights in Leeds.

Mr Hazell said: "The students were selected to be essential parts of the production team, working alongside a crew from the BBC. This wasn't one of those experiences where you stand and watch somebody else operate a camera, YOU operate it. I am pleased to say Neil and James both performed fantastically in a pressured situation."

MA in Digital Filmmaking student Neil McLarty leapt at the chance to film the bands: “The world of film and television is so competitive that fantastic opportunities like this, to work for an organisation like the BBC, are invaluable”, he said.

The two bands are currently emerging as extraordinary talent from Yorkshire. Both, Scars on 45 and The Dunwells, have had huge successes already on both sides of the Atlantic.

Director for the BBC, Roy Player, said, “I would like to say a huge thank you to all the people that have given up their time for this extraordinary project and opportunity; allowing the BBC team in Yorkshire, to push boundaries and hopefully open up exciting opportunities in the future.

“The BBC have not only joined forces with the University of Bradford, but also Radio Leeds and the venue ‘The Wardrobe’ in Leeds, to explore the possibilities of producing live music for the BBC Music Website, Radio Leeds Website, and our BBC YouTube Channel.”

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