Blue Post Productions, July 2007: I was granted the opportunity to work at Blue Post Productions on a three week placement during July 2007 as a TMR (The Machine Room) Despatch Runner for the library department of this post production house. During this time I was trained in library and despatch skills including archive scanning and Machine Room operation. Whilst three weeks is a relatively short time for a work experience placement, I gained valuable knowledge about the world of post production and was able to establish relationships with other production houses and dry hired editors. I was also granted the opportunity to sit in on a Watchdog edit in one of the Avid suites, where the editor at the time was more than willing to allow me to offer my opinion and answer any questions I had about the world of picture editing.
1xtra Radio, April 2004: Based in Shepards Bush, 1xtra radio is an up and coming urban music radio station. Whilst working with them I was entrusted with numerous responsibilites assigned to the world of radio. From collecting VoxPop's around London, logging the show through the correct procedures after airing and dealing with a host of responsibilities in the studio during the airing of the show this experience came as an initial shock when I found out what I was entrusted with, but by no means deterred me from the task and it gave me a thoroughly informative insight in to radio.
BBC Watchdog, Summer 2003: A two week placement as part of the BBC's consumer unit based at BBC White City introduced me to working as part of the Watchdog team. Intent on making the most of this placement I was granted the opportunity to join a small team on a location shoot and with a host of responsibilities I was very much an active and important role in the construction of this short film. I was able to follow the shoot up by spending some time in the editing suite watching the construction process of our footage and whilst it was merely an opportunity for me to watch and learn I found it higly informative and has been something I have continually expressed great interest in since.
'Wildscreen', October 2008: The Wildscreen Festival is an annual film festival held in Bristol which attracts hundreds of delegates from around the world who either work or are interested in working in the world of environmental film making. Heavily supported by the largest names in wildlife filmmaking such as the BBC, Five and Animal Planet delgates are offered the opportunity to learn more about the different aspects of environmental filmaking, working alongside some of the worlds most famous natural history camrea operators. This year I was granted the opportunity to attend the day focussed on the realm of underwater film making, an area that I am familiar with and passionate about. An invaluable opportunity allowed me to talk to the likes of, emmy award winner Mike Pitts from Blue Planet, Peter Scoones and diving supervisor from Blue Planet and Pacific Abyss, Richard Bull. Their knowledge on this specialist industry is second to none and diving alongside them in a pool session put me behind the lens of state of the art HDCAM underwater filming equipment and gave me an insight in to the skill behind these magnifiscent programmes.
Kream London, March 2009: A recent placement with this successful advertising agency gave me the opportunity to work on a short advert for the Nintendo DS games console, to be aired around mothers and fathers day. My prior experience as a despatch runner proved invaluable, and I became even more aware of the necessity for punctuality, timing and efficiency. As my first advert it proved to be both insightful and demanding, but a field of interest I would like to explore further.
GearHouse Broadcast Ltd, November 2009 – Present:In November 2009 I was offered the opportunity to work with this internationally renowned broadcast companyon one of their biggest contracts, the ATP 1000 Tennis Masters series.Initially starting as just a cable/compound rigger soon led to a fantastic opportunity to gain some live television camera experience in Paris in the penultimate competition to the final at London’s O2 Arena.Working with state of the art television equipment put me at the heart of a live broadcast and educated me on the importance of punctuality, attention to detail and finesse when operating live television camera equipment.Gaining my first tally in Paris led to further opportunities with GearHouse in the early stages of 2010, where I was offered contracted work on the beginning of this years ATP 1000.Spending two and a half months travelling with the company and its employees gave me the opportunity to spend a far more intense period around broadcast equipment where a regular camera operator shift was bestowed upon me.Having paid close attention to those working around me has enabled me to become an efficient compound cable rigger as well as learning the process of big lens camera builds and camera set up.Having made invaluable contacts working with GearHouse has only led to further work which includes the Davies Cup Tennis in Eastbourne for British Eurosport as a camera operator and as a camera assistant with Mast Productions and there involvement with Rugby 7’s events all over the country.