24th March 2006




A music video made by a student from the University of Lincoln in Hull is to be shown on BBC television after coming first in a competition aimed at discovering new talent.


Martin Millson, 21, who is from Hull and studies Media Technology, has won the BBC’s Raw Talent music video competition launched in August.    


The video featuring the Hull band The Bonnitts will also to form part of Martin’s final year showcase project for his Media Technology degree.


Martin filmed the video using blue screen technology to create a scenario in which the band members were actually much smaller than reality and interacted with life-sized objects found in a typical bar room atmosphere.


Martin explains how he came up with the idea: “As the band is up-and-coming and growing in popularity I decided to use the notion of them getting bigger as the basis for the video. So I ran off with a decent digital SLR on a cold wet day in Hull and went to visit four of Hull's biggest and stereotypical landmarks: the KC Stadium, The Deep, the old court building and the Humber Bridge.

“In order for me to reflect the band’s growth within the music scene, I decided to have them all literally grow. Rather than just having them slightly larger on the bar however, I thought it would have more impact to show them rising over the top of these landmarks.”

Martin says he was amazed when he found out he’d won. “When I received a phone call from Katy Noone from the BBC telling me that I'd won the competition, I was ecstatic and very excited.


“This level of recognition will hopefully encourage more unsigned bands to jump on the music video band wagon. I feel that there will be at least handful of amateur directors in the area willing to get this kind of notice for their work and thus make their videos for free or a very small cost.

“I hope that this could be the start of a new era of media for bands in Hull and help start getting them on the map so that the bigger fish in the music video industry can see what we are all capable of.”


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