Culford School student given chance to ‘Shine’ at Take That advert filming
A student from Culford School had the Greatest Day when he got the chance to work with production crews on an advert featuring Take That.
Hadley Butler, who has a passion for photography and film-making, was first approached by the school’s headmaster, Julian Johnson-Munday, to do the work experience.
He said: “I remember being in my art class, when the headmaster walked over and told me that he had an exciting opportunity for me which he couldn’t tell me anything about, apart from the date.
“Obviously, I didn’t have a clue what it was all about until I arrived.”
What was in store for the 18-year-old was to help with filming adverts and promotional clips for the car manufacturer Suzuki, which featured Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen.
He said: “It was very overwhelming to begin with, I have always worked as a one-man filmmaker on lots of projects from music videos to short films – so when I arrived and found out that there were more than 100 people working just for a 30 second commercial I was amazed.”
The grounds of Culford School were turned into a fun fair for the shoot, with Take That surprising members of the public and taking them in a set of cars around the grounds, before playing fairground games with them.
Hadley said the trio were really friendly and interested in Culford and the area as well as his passion for filming.
The production took place in May, when Take That performed at Carrow Road, in Norwich, and was kept secret until the first advert was released on TV at the weekend.
Hadley said: “After the shoot was complete, I had lots of photos and videos on my phone, so the hardest part has been being careful when showing friends or family anything in my photo library without them seeing Take That.”
Though Hadley finished at the school last term, during the summer he was offered a place at the National Youth Film Academy as a director of photography and is looking forward to starting his career in the industry.
For more information on Hadley and his work, go to hadleyjaybutler.com
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