Jack Lewin’s unusual hobby has led to him being invited to the set of Coronation Street to meet the stars of the show and watch the filming. Jack, who is in Year 10, has made a scale Lego model of the street and he spends hours animating the show’s storylines and uploading the resulting videos to YouTube.
One of the show’s cameramen saw Jack’s films online and invited him up to the studios in Manchester where he got to tour the real-life set and meet household names including William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow.
Jack, who is now considering a career in set design, has been making his models for the past three years. As well as recreating the entire Coronation Street he has also constructed some of the lesser-known locations used in the iconic television series, most recently a block of flats that was ablaze. Each of Jack’s videos can take more than a week to set up and film and they are dubbed with the real-life soundtrack of the show.
He said: ‘I have always really been into Coronation Street and I used to play with Lego quite a lot. I found it interesting creating little scenes and I gradually created all of the sets. I have been working on it over the past three years. I did the street, the terraces and have recently added the new buildings and I like the attention to detail that the process requires.
‘I see which storylines are quite good and so I create the internal sets for those and dismantle them afterwards. It probably takes me a few days to construct a smaller set. The fire episode took quite a long time because, as it didn’t take place on Coronation Street I had to create a whole new set which took about a month.
‘The opening sequence is similar to the Coronation Street one but I have added my own twist to it. The stories are all things that have happened over the past year. I download the scene from YouTube and I add the voices to my video, though I may have to cut it down a bit to make sure that it fits.
‘My latest video is about 10 minutes long and it took me about one and a half weeks to put together using my ipod and imovie. I downloaded an app that can just take photos and store it into a stop motion movie to put it all together. The first one I uploaded to YouTube was when Dennis punched Norris in the Kabin, which was about a year ago. People have suggested that I could recreate some of the old classic episodes and maybe do them in black and white. I have a lot of different figures so I pick out the best ones to match the show’s characters.
‘I do like the response I get so it was really good when I got invited to the studio at the end of July. One of the cameramen saw my social media and instagram. He invited me to the set and he introduced me to the cast. Coronation Street has just moved sets and rebuilt the whole street. I visited the old one on a studio tour last year and so I could compare the two; the new one is bigger and more realistic.
When I was there I met quite a lot of people including Ken Barlow, Steve MacDonald, and regulars in the Rovers like Kirk, Maria and the Platts and I also saw Nick Tilsley. It was really weird at first! My parents are fans of the show as well so at the end they got a quick tour as well. I met some of the design team and they gave me advice on how to get a job in design and what GCSEs to take.’
Every week Jack updates his Instagram account with a main picture and brief write up of the events happening in The Street. This can be found under his account name - yeh_its_jack.