A SALFORD graduate who has worked with some of the biggest names in pop has won a globally recognized award for her work.
Rupa Rathod, who graduated from The University of Salford in 2009, creates video content for the giant LED screens that form the stage sets for global stars, including Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Shania Twain, Shawn Mendes, Tame Impala and Bastille to name a few.
Most recently her outstanding work on The Killers’ Wonderful Wonderful tour has seen her pick up a globally recognised Knight of Illumination award for ‘Best Screen Content’ alongside award winning Creative Director William Baker, Producer, Tom Colbourne.
Rathod grew up in Preston watching her parents perform as musicians in a local & touring band. Her mother was a singer, her father was a guitarist and during his younger years her brother was a drummer. She said:
“I have always been inspired by my family, they were the driving force behind my desire to work in the music industry. I taught myself to edit after my parents bought me a MacBook Pro for my 21st birthday and graduation gift.”
Having studying a BTech National Diploma at local Leyland college, Runshaw, Rupa continued her higher education studying Television & Radio at The University of Salford before landing herself a job editing video content that students produced for the local student television channel, Channel M, which Salford University operated alongside Guardian Media. From there the self-taught-editor freelanced in London before landing herself a job with London and LA
based video production company and screen visuals specialists, Blink
Now London – based, she has just finished working on Kylie Minogue’s highly acclaimed Golden arena tour, a collaboration with Blink
“I started as a junior editor, making content for festival screens ”
“Over the course of the next few years I pushed to become a motion graphics artist within the company and work in visuals, creating content for screens behind touring artists and on big TV shows such as X Factor or the MTV Awards. That was what I always wanted to do and Blink supported me and gave me the opportunity to get there”
Asked about her award for working on The Killers’ Wonderful Wonderful tour, she said that it was an incredible experience and an honour to work with William Baker (famous for his work with Kylie Minogue) and Blink’s owner Tom Colbourne.
‘To receive an award so prestigious, being up there alongside many legends of our industry was a hugely humbling experience and I hope it can give inspiration to anyone in Preston and the North West wishing to pursue a career in the creative industry. I’m extremely lucky to have a very supportive family who have always motivated me to go after my dreams’
Rupa returns to the North West regularly to give talks to students at her former college, Runshaw in Leyland and she’s hoping soon to visit The University of Salford too, to encourage others into going into the field.
You can visit Rupa’s website to see some of the famous videos that she has helped to create.