A group of students have had the pleasure of working on a unique project with an indie band from the 90's, involving the creation of music videos and a documentary.
The students, studying Level 1 Creative Media at New City College Hackney campus, collaborated with the band through contacts with their media teacher, who knows them from the North London music scene where they were previously known as the Warm Jets in the 90's.
Warm Jets supported acts such as Blur during the Brit Pop era and also featured on 90's Channel 4 show TFI Friday. The band split many years ago and the musicians now have families and day jobs but have been working on a new album to release this year, under the new band name, Shriek of an Eagle.
Having heard about the award-winning media students at Hackney campus they were keen to collaborate and trusted the students with two of their unreleased songs.
In total, seven videos were made by the media students, mixing stop frame animation, a narrative short film in which they acted and live footage they filmed of the band during rehearsals.
Additionally, three students created a documentary of the time they spent with the band, which is a moving portrait of musicians on the brink of a comeback and the response from a new audience of young people.
Louis Jones, the lead singer from the band said:
The videos were creative and constructed thoughtfully, and the documentary portrayed our imminent return to the music business. It was a pleasure to work with these young people and we wish them every success in the future.
The students also created album covers for two of the songs; NY and Out of Control.
This has been the first client brief for the students, who are part of the Blue Orange learning company. The company seeks out real life briefs for students and helps them build relationships with industry, whilst gaining experience of working with clients, developing a whole manner of work and life skills.
Hal Stevens Lonsdale, Level 1 media student said:
I loved the project, we got to know the songs really well and were able to interpret them in our own way so we had total creative freedom. It was a pleasure working with the band
Nicola Godlieb, Level 1 Media Tutor commented:
I am very proud of the professional way the students conducted themselves and their creative response to the music showed originality and innovation. The band were impressed by their focus and attention to detail both on the rehearsal shoot and the careful editing of the videos themselves. It's been a fantastic experience for all involved.