Students from DMU create promo video for one of the country's biggest arts festivals

Building good relationships with your client, working well as a team and hitting deadlines are all essential skills students need to experience as they head out on their career path.

So, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) students Hannah Clark, Chloe Stretton and Nat Cox jumped at the chance to create a promotional video trailer for The Spark Festival.

The pressure was on but not only did the team tick all the boxes when it came to completing the task, but their completed film – which can be viewed below – brought, in the words of Spark Arts Festival organisers, ‘a tear to our eyes’.


The final year DMU Photography and Video students’ work was shown as a trailer before family films at the end of January at the city’s Phoenix cinema and was also shared on social media.

Kim Salt, Communications Manager at The Spark Festival, which is running all this week, said: “The way Chloe, Nat and Hannah worked together, met deadlines, shaped the trailer and kept in touch with us was incredible.

“It was such a delight to work with them all and the final draft bought a tear to our eye.

“The trailer captures just a fraction of the full festival but that’s exactly what a trailer is supposed to do – capture your attention so you want to watch more! Thank you.”

Hannah, Chloe and Nat said they were really pleased with the promo which was edited together using footage from the shows taking place at the festival

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Hannah, Nat and Chloe at DMU

Nat said: “We were going to try and shoot some of our own video but the deadlines were quite tight so we decided to take a different approach and edit together film The Spark already had. The clips were varied which was good and I’m really pleased with the result.”

Hannah said: “I think we managed to capture what The Spark Festival  is all about in under one minute and I really enjoyed the experience.”

Chloe, who created the GIF at the beginning of the minute-long promo, said: “I thinking working together went really well. We didn’t have any disagreements, which is always a good thing!”

Hannah, who wants to be a full-time editor and videographer specialising in dance, said the best part of making a promo for the festival was being confident in her own abilities. “Talking to the client, working out what they want and taking on feedback has all helped make me more confident,” she said.

Chloe, who wants to work in the creative industry, added: “Working as a team is something we will have to do in the future so it was a really good experience.”

Nat, who plans to travel and take on freelance work when she completes her degree, said: “It was a good experience working on the feedback to come up with something The Spark wanted. Kim almost cried at one stage when she saw what we had done which means we got it right. I’m really happy with what we achieved.”

The Spark Arts for Children is one of the largest independent children's arts festival in England and Wales, presenting theatre, dance, music, visual arts and digital media events for young people aged 0 - 13 years. 

Founded in 2003, it is driven by the belief that the arts are crucial to a child's development and well-being. To find out more about the festival, which runs until Sunday, visit their website here.

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Posted on Wednesday 9 February 2022

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