A BUDDING engineer, with a clapperboard in one hand and a script in another, was able to create a professional music video for a pop band.

Dotty Davies, 10, helped develop a new music video for pop trio New Hope Club after winning a competition ran by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the BBC’s Blue Peter.

To inspire the next generation to become engineers, entrants were asked to submit a storyboard for a scene within the video, write a paragraph about their favourite engineer and describe how their invention has inspired them.

Dotty’s design was incorporated into the final video and she got to act alongside the band in the scene.

Dotty, from Rossendale, said: “I was so excited to win the ‘lights, camera action’ competition and meet all the Blue Peter team and New Hope Club.

“My favourite engineer is Dorothée Pullinger, who showed the world that women make great engineers.

“I really enjoyed working on the video and learning skills that will help me become a great engineer in the future.”

Taking the lead on the New Hope Club version of All I Want For Christmas, Dotty and two runners-up helped design, direct and star in the video.

On the shoot the children learned all about lighting and sound and made their presence felt, ordering cast and crew around to make sure the video matched Dotty’s winning storyboard vision.

Engineers on set were put in their place by the children who called for ‘quiet on set’ and for the next take to start.

Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell said: “The standard of the competition was incredible across all age groups.

“Watching the kids creating the music video was amazing and gave them first-hand experience of how engineering and creativity goes hand in hand.

“They are certainly engineers in the making – future film sets better watch out, these girls are awesome.”

New Hope Club band member George Smith said: “The kids were incredible at engineering the music video.

“They definitely ran a tight ship during the filming.”