A BUDDING cameraman proved he has the X Factor after picking up an award for his work filming the show’s winner James Arthur.
Before bursting on to the scene on the hit ITV show, James performed at the Pitch Invasion festival, at Victoria Park, in Hartlepool, as part of the James Arthur Band.
Scott Thompson, 24, was filming on the day. But little did he know at the time that he was watching a future Brit Award nominee.
And Scott was rewarded for his good work with the camera when he was presented with the Video Editor of the Year accolade at the recent Red Dreams Awards.
“It wasn’t until I’d finished the editing and I was watching the X Factor that I realised James Arthur was one of the performers who I’d filmed on the day which was quite surreal,” said Scott, who lives in Lawson Road, in Hartlepool.
Scott was one of six people working with the camera from Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) at last year’s festival, which is organised by Red Dreams.
After filming the event, Scott asked the charity’s founders, Dawn and Ian McManus, if there was anything more he could do to gain experience and was offered the chance to edit the final video.
And the finished product obviously impressed – with a delighted Scott taking one of the 24 awards at the charity’s annual event.
Scott, who is studying creative film and moving image production at CCAD, said: “Being quite a shy person I felt a mixture of emotions when I was nominated for the Red Dreams award. But I was extremely proud that people felt my work was worthy of recognition.
“I was a bit panicky on the night, waiting for my category to come, but when my name was called out it felt just like being at the Oscars.”
Scott also writes his own film scripts, but said his college course has left him in a dilemma as to which career path he should take as he enjoys all of the aspects of film making.
Di Fletcher, CCAD programme leader, said: “We are thrilled with out continued relation with Red Dreams and the opportunity this has provided our students.
“Scott is a tenacious student and has come on leaps and bounds with his work since winning the award and his confidence has really grown.”
Red Dreams was set up by Dawn and Ian after the tragic death of their 16-year-old son Kyle, who suffered a brain haemorrhage.
The charity will move into its new state-of-the-art base, in Whitby Street South, in the town, next week.