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Tonight Matthew I’m going to be: Salford students produce Stars in their Eyes live show

Jul 06, 2018

Matthew Kelly presented the live show
Matthew Kelly presented the live show

Salford students gained invaluable industry experience worked on the production for a special live version of infamous television talent show ‘Stars in their Eyes’ in aid of Prevent Breast Cancer. The event was hosted by the ITV programme’s long-running host Matthew Kelly and set to bring together some of the old favourites of the Saturday night show as well as introduce some fresh new faces.

Maxine Barrie, the show’s first ever winner impersonating Dame Shirley Bassey took part and the new talent was judged by Coronation Street stars Sally Dynevor and Shayne Ward. The event also saw a lot of the former crew from the Granada production return to help out, lead by Linda Kelly, vision mixer for Stars in their Eyes. Salford students were invited to help in the run up to the event, editing footage and filming VT’s.

MA Media Production: Post Production student Rachael Biggs edited VT clips for the show and said: “I really enjoyed working on the project. I grew up watching Stars in their Eyes so it was an amazing experience to be able to edit the clips together. Working alongside ITV was great and the fact it was a charitable event made it all the more special.”

BA (Hons) Film Production student Victoria Barrera Howarth filmed VT’s for the evening and was even selected to be a camera operator for the event itself. “I really enjoyed working with the cast as it helped me to build professional relationships with people on both sides of the camera. I've made some amazing contacts in the industry that I know will help me progress in my career as a filmmaker,” she said.

MA Media Production: Post Production student Fiona Hilton also edited VT clips for the project and said “Being a part of Stars in their Eyes: The Live Revival has been an incredible opportunity to learn and be exposed to the television industry all while developing my creativity as well as my technical and communication skills. I’ve gained some amazing contacts, along with the confidence and determination to take on similar future projects.”

The students made a lasting impression on the show’s crew, with ITV Vision Mixer Linda Kelly commenting: “We were very fortunate that Endemol/Initial released the license for us to make the one off stage show of ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ using the official logos, music, titles and clips from the original series. With the help of The University of Salford’s talented young students, we edited and re-packaged footage for the first part of the show, affording them some work experience and an opportunity to be involved in production. 

“The second part of the show showcased seven new singers, for whom we made short films to introduce them. We engaged the help of the students again for this. One of these, Victoria, also joined us on the night to operate two cameras and record history in the making. A big thank you to all the students involved, and to The University of Salford.”

The project is a fantastic example of our industry-focused agenda in action. Director of Broadcast Media and Director of Conversion in the School or Art and Media Beth Hewitt said: "Working directly with the media and creative industries is vital for the students, and a project such as this gives opportunities for those involved to shine and make positive impressions. Learning through industry collaborative projects is an incredibly important part of the student journey, as they head towards their graduation and employment." 

Creative Opportunities Coordinator Nancy Porter adds: "Through accessing opportunities such as this, students are able to take the skills and knowledge they are learning and developing from their courses and apply them to real industry collaborative projects. The experiences and connections they make whilst working with industry is invaluable for when they graduate."

You can read more about our industry-focused strategy here: https://www.salford.ac.uk/icz

Read more about the show here: https://www.itv.com/news/granada/update/2018-04-18/stars-in-their-eyes-back-but-this-time-on-stage/