The making of the Music Video: Santa Stop Here

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Blog Author - Rowan

23rd November 2017

Rockinghorse Children's Charity Christmas Single

Back in August this year, with the sun shining and impressive tans on show, Katie, Director at Pier Recruitment, had a chat with Søren about the only thing you would be discussing at this time: Christmas.

She shared her idea of writing a Band-Aid style Christmas song to raise money for The Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, who she works with regularly, and after a play of the pre-recorded version which she had produced, we were hooked! We loved the song and the cause behind it and having worked with Katie, Emma and the team at Pier many times before, we knew we were in for something special.

Before we knew it, September came around and we were in the studio filming nine companies and a group of incredible children from the BRICTT, who had all come together to lend their voices and support to make the song a reality. With Santa and his Elves, a few Disney Princesses, incredible Christmas jumpers & lots of tinsel and glitter adorned, each company showed great Christmas cheer, even though it was still in the 20s outside!

With some help (a lot of help!) from Mike at North Brighton Recording Studios, singing teachers Melissa Hubert and Emma Edwards and professional singers Chris Wrench and Ben Draper, the song took form and seeing it from concept to the final piece, it was rather quite magical.

We filmed each singing shot over 4 days and everyone really gave it their all. It was clear that we were a part of something special when we saw all of the local companies coming together for a good cause. If you listen closely, we’re sure you can pick out each group, but here’s who was involved for an overview:

  • Nielson Holidays
  • Holiday Taxis
  • Focus Group
  • Mercedes-Benz of Brighton
  • Posh Totty
  • Quality Care Insurance Services
  • ZST Architects
  • Cobb Digital
  • Domestic & General

Up next for filming was the story-telling; our favourite element in creating a compelling video. We wanted to really strike a chord with the story we told as a running motive throughout the video, and wanted to nod towards what the Charity is all about – Making Life Better for Sick Children.

The star of the show was Oscar, Katie’s adorable 3-year old, who really popped on camera and helped us in telling the story of a little boy who was able to get home for Christmas. We wanted to focus on his happy story of being able to leave Hospital, but were also conscious of portraying the face that some children unfortunately are not as lucky. This is where Scarlett came in. As Oscar’s friend in real-life, we included her in the story as a friend he had made and was able to connect with in his Christmas present of a Walkie-Talkie. Both kids were great and so instrumental to helping us tell the story. It was also great fun to be spending our time putting up Christmas trees and wrapping presents in mid-October!

Now we had all of the filming done, and the finished song over from Mike at the studio, we started editing, and boy was that an experience. We’re fairly confident that the song has been played in our office around a thousand times now, especially in the lip-syncing stage, but it’s helped us get into the Christmas mood and we’d happily continue to play it, even now!

We put a lot of love and effort into making sure that each company was well represented, as well as putting across the story we so wanted to tell in an appropriate manner. We also had Katie and Emma on hand too and before we knew it, we were there. All that was left was for everyone else to see it, which wasn’t a daunting prospect at all…

Running up to the launch party at The Grand in Brighton was a combination of nerves and excitement, especially as the Charity themselves hadn’t even seen the video as they wanted it to be a surprise.

The room filled up quickly with all of the companies and their guests with drinks and nibbles in hand and anticipation filled the air. Katie welcomed everyone in with an excellent speech talking through her story of creating the song and describing the important work that Rockinghorse do for Children in Sussex.

Then it really was lights, camera and action. The video played with a chorus of cheers and woos for the respective companies who were able to see themselves on the big screen and we were overwhelmed by the positive response it received.

It’s been a privilege being trusted by Katie and the Charity to produce what has been such an exciting project for us and everyone involved, so we owe them and everyone who helped pull this together a big Thank You!

We really hope you enjoy the video, and more importantly feel compelled to help out The Rockinghorse Children’s Charity continue their vitally important work.

To donate, Text PIER17 £amount to 70070. And to find out more about the Charity, you can find it all here.

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