Crossroads Films' legendary directing talent, Trudy Bellinger, has created a beautifully moving and uplifting video for the new X Factor Christmas charity single, a cover of Rose Royce's massive hit, Wishing on a Star.
No stranger to stars, having worked with some of the biggest, Trudy was the obvious choice to capture the true star quality of all those involved in the fourth charity X Factor single produced by Syco, who will be donating 100% of the proceeds to children's hospice charity Together for Short Lives (formerly ACT & Children's Hospices UK). A joyous blend of performance and documentary, the video is an expression of the courage and love of life displayed by the children at the hospice, with Trudy shooting on location during a visit by the final 16 X Factor contestants and recording a spectacular performance at Shepperton Studios, with boy bands One Direction and JLS joining in. Catching moments of sublime happiness as the children met their X Factor heroes, Trudy creates incredible emotional impact, intercutting the footage with that of the stunning performance, melding the visuals and lyrics to maximum effect and hammering home the huge importance of supporting these amazing children, while still managing to showcase the fabulous talent of the young performers.
Trudy also encouraged the children to create their own art during the visit, with the X Factor contestants pitching in to help them as they made pictures of the wishes they would make on a star. The artwork will form part of a poster campaign for the single, with a specially selected piece now the cover of the single itself.
The video premiered on ITV2 on 25th November and the single was sung live on X Factor the following Sunday, hitting the number 1 spot in the charts within hours.
Trudy said, "The hospice is an amazing place with all the people working there doing the most incredible job. I was so moved by the children and their families. I have to say, it put everything into perspective. The performance day was in total contrast to the low key /lo fi /small crew of the hospice visit. On this day I had over 40 performers to shoot as I had all 16 of the finalists as well as JLS and One Direction. That's a lot of hair, make up and styling! I tried to adapt the angles and shots for each performer as much as I could within the given time. It was a tough call to show the sincerity of each performance yet still create something that looks beautiful and sustains interest. I shot more dramatic shots with wind, mist, leaves, shooting stars etc but when we cut these with the hospice footage it kind of felt inappropriate and we all thought going simple and pure sat better with the documentary footage. I was at the live show when they all performed it against a backdrop of the documentary footage - afterwards I met a few of the parents of the children who were so grateful and so touched by the video, it made everything so worthwhile."