Edit the showreel for STARLIGHT EXPRESS

Creators Selected On
May 19, 2015
the brief
For more than 26 years, STARLIGHT EXPRESS has thrilled audiences in the extraordinary theater that was built exclusively for the musical. Over 15 million visitors have already seen the breathtaking roller skating show and have been fascinated by the dazzling costumes, the energy and action that only this musical spectacle can offer.

From the beginning, STARLIGHT EXPRESS worked daily with creative people from all over the world: more than 350 contributors including dancers, singers, musicians, stylists, designers and stage managers from 25 countries have made the musical a unique experience.

Here is your chance to become part of this great creative team:

STARLIGHT EXPRESS and Mehr! Entertainment Group invite filmmakers, editors and artists from all over the world to create the showreel for the musical’s official website.

Scroll down to "The Showreel" for more information. STARLIGHT EXPRESS has provided you with footage and music for your project.

Get inspired by the great music, rousing performances and excellent choreography and show Starlight Express your creative talent!

More than a quarter of a century ago, star composer Andrew Lloyd Webber created the "World Cup of locomotives" and composed the music for STARLIGHT EXPRESS. Following its world premiere in 1984 at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre and Broadway premiere in 1987, an exclusive theater was built in Bochum Germany, solely for STARLIGHT EXPRESS and opened on June 12, 1988 for the German premiere.

Since then, this extraordinary production has captivated audiences from all over the world with daredevil acrobatics and stunt skaters who race at a speed of up to 60 km/h on tracks that twist through the thrilled audience.

With the showreel, STARLIGHT EXPRESS wants to show the extraordinary dynamics of this roller skate musical experience.

Here you can download various tracks from and footage of the musical.

Here are some important requirements and a few tips that will help you make a captivating showreel for STARLIGHT EXPRESS:
  • The showreel must emphasize the dynamics, speed and acrobatics of STARLIGHT EXPRESS.
  • Your showreel should be between 20 to 40 seconds (max) in length.
  • Please use only the footage provided.
  • You are welcome to use your own graphical elements to emphasize the dynamics of your showreel.
  • Please use only the tracks provided for the music. You can use one or more of the tracks for your showreel and, if you wish, add your own sound effects.
  • Your showreel must be an original, that is completely your own creation (with the exception of the music and movies provided here).
  • Please work with a resolution of 1920x1080px and take into account the technical requirements before submitting your file. You can find this information in the CREATIVE INVITE GUIDELINES.

STARLIGHT EXPRESS will select one artist whose showreel will be featured on the official website of the musical.

In addition, the Selected Artist will receive:

  • Social media exposure across the channels of Talenthouse and STARLIGHT EXPRESS
  • EUR 3,000
Engage your friends, family and supporters to help share your work on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest! The artist with the highest number of shares will receive:
  • EUR 1,000
The Music
  • This opportunity is open globally to participants ages 18 and older only.
  • Submissions must be between 20-40 seconds long. Please note that YouTube adds one second to the length of your video during the uploading process.
  • Only use the footage and the tracks (one or more) provided by STARLIGHT EXPRESS to create the showreel. You are welcome to use your own graphical elements or sound effects to emphasize the dynamics of your showreel. Do not use voiceover.
  • The Selected Artist has to provide a high resolution version of his video. Therefore, all participants are asked to keep a high quality version of the final video with 1920x1080px as a MPEG-4 (h.264).
  • Participants must submit their showreel to YouTube, Vimeo or MyVideo, then paste the video URL via the 'Participate' tab on Talenthouse.
  • The submitted video must be original, meaning that is has to be self-created by the participant (except for the music and film sequences provided) and meet the Official Rules. Using third-party copyright materials is prohibited.
  • The film material and music provided is owned by Starlight Express GmbH and can only be used and edited within the context of this Creative Invite.
  • Participants must join Talenthouse using an active email address in order to ensure they can be contacted should they be selected.
  • Submissions must include a short description about the work.
  • Participants are encouraged to have an up-to-date Talenthouse profile with a short description about themselves.
  • When submissions are shared on social media platforms please use the hashtag #StarlightExpressShowreel.
  • STARLIGHT EXPRESS and Mehr! Entertainment can use the selected work according to the 'Official Rules'. STARLIGHT EXPRESS and Mehr! Entertainment can use the submitted works within the context of this Creative Invite.
  • All artists retain ownership of their work unless they are selected and accept their incentive.
  • The selected showreel may be modified to use it on the website of STARLIGHT EXPRESS.
  • The selected artists must respond to Talenthouse within 7 days of receiving the notification email or else will forfeit all incentives.
  • All submissions will feature as part of a global gallery with public sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
  • Inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions, as well as submissions that do not fit the brief will be removed.
  • No purchase necessary.
STARLIGHT EXPRESS will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.

As soon as you have submitted your work, feel free to start sharing your submission on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. These shares will count towards the Most Shared award. Please note, it does not impact your chance of being chosen as the overall Selected Artist if you choose not to share.
Key Dates
  • Launch:
    March 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Submission Deadline:
    April 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Open Review Starts:
    April 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Creators Selected:
    May 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM
All times are in Pacific Time.