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Sunderland students deliver pop video for Emeli Sandé and Nile Rogers

The Sunderland Uni animators

A group of Sunderland animation students have created the new music video for Sunderland-native singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé.

Luke Colling, Jared Turner, Courtney Welsh and Izzy Patchett are the creative masterminds behind the music video for Sandé’s latest single When Someone Loves You, featuring Nile Rogers. The four were given just three weeks to turn the project round and deliveried a vibrant, 1970s disco-inspired animated video, which got a big thumbs up from both Sandé, who is also chancellor at the University of Sunderland, and funk legend Rogers.

Emeli Sandé’s new single, featuring Nile Rogers

Colling, who served as director, editor, compositor, and animator on the clip said: “Not only has this created new job opportunities, but it has also made me more confident in my own abilities as an artist and director. Throughout the process I realised that the career path I want to take is that of an animation director/VFX supervisor. I cannot calculate the amount of value to my working life that this video has started for me.”

Chris McQuillan, senior lecturer in animation and games art at UoS, added: “What I’d really like to say to all the students involved is a huge well done. It was through the summer holidays while off campus, with their own personal commitments alongside this and still they showed a level of unwavering determination to get it done and for that, I have a great deal of respect.

“If they can all continue to show that level of drive, vigour and determination they’ll all go far. As I keep saying to the students, that is the point they should be reaching for – the stars.”

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