Students' Union Videos

Mad Cap'n Tom's entrance

In March 2008, I was elected Students' Union President at the University of York, after campaigning as a pirate and not trying to win. Here's a summary of the story from the local press.

Every year, the Students' Union has a half-hour slot in the induction talks for new students, and traditionally they put together a few quick videos to keep people entertained. This year, I helped put on a whole damn show.

So here's my entrance into the hall, sash flailing and toy duck on my shoulder — someone later said that it felt a bit like being in a theme park attraction. As we join the action, the university's Academic Registrar is just finishing up her speech...

Behind the Scenes

YUSU Dragon's Den

Then it was time for the rest of the team to be introduced. We had only one evening to put this together, and I'm so, so grateful to the big group of cast and crew that helped out. We'd been short of ideas for ages, until someone — and I forget who — came up with the idea of Dragons' Den. It was quick to film, quick to edit, and got laughs from the audience.

Watch out for some sterling acting from Sports President Alex Lacy. "Sure."

Behind the Scenes

Elections 2009: Thunderbirds are Go

With apologies to Gerry Anderson, of course, we kicked off the publicity campaign for our Thunderbirds-themed 2009 elections with this montage of clips. Filmed in high definition, I composited still shots of the famous vehicles in, adding fire and dust effects from Detonation Films.

Behind the Scenes

Each one of the Thunderbirds shots included a different challenge:

Roses 2009 Closing Ceremony

The annual Roses tournament between the Universities of York and Lancaster is always a battle — and in 2009, York absolutely obliterated their opponents. I was lucky enough to be the emcee for the closing ceremony... and it was a hell of a ceremony.

Behind the Scenes

Apart from editing the Central Hall footage for this video, I was just the mug in the suit who looked a bit like a 60s variety performer — everything else you see is the hard work of the team at YSTV, with wonderful things done by Ian Martindale who directed the forge video, with Matt Gray on sound.