Category Archives: Pre Production

Information about the productions I am working on in pre production stage. Most of this will be in code as its usually top secret… shhhh!

Sunday… Filming in London

After the initial gridlock we encountered trying to leave London, filming actually went very well.

On Saturday, whilst traveling back to London, I had sent and arranged for contributor consent and location agreement forms to be signed before we began filming.

It’s incredible what actually goes in to filming. I sometimes forget that it’s not a case of turning up at a location, sticking the camera in someone’s face, and then leaving.

On Sunday night, we then went to film at the Eurovision Preview Party at The Shadow Lounge.

The worst part about this filming was not having another room to conduct the interviews in. When originally told about this filming, we were led to believe we had a separate VIP area but on arriving, the separate room was unavailable. This meant some very crafty microphone work had to be done.

I’m praying that the audio won’t be as bad as I thought. I’ll have to put the transcript up though for multiplatform accessibility reasons.

Tomorrow I shall begin editing together the footage shot on Thursday night, which seems like an age ago!

Sorry I have no pictures of my expedition, but I shall promise to take more in future

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Saturday… Drug Bust in Birmingham

Saturday morning, another train journey this time to Birmingham for a meeting about a charity video.

While waiting at Birmingham New Street with Michelle, surrounded by police dogs, two men were stopped right in front on us and escorted away.

In the place where they had just been stopped I spotted a piece of tin foil on the floor. I turned to Michelle and suggested that it might be from the two men who had just been stopped. Needless to say, Michelle immediately notified the policeman on duty and when the dog got near it, it went crazy!

Having given our details we strolled out of the station to our meeting.

All in a days work!

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Prepping for my shoot

As part of the preparation for any shoot, I try to conduct a recce at least once.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, a recce is when you head to a possible location to have a look at its facilities. These include, plug sockets and electrical supplies, lighting already available, bathroom facilities, where would be the best place for any interviews or reconstructions, where food can be supplied from, the list is endless.

Gemma Fact: The word recce is actually a military term. It comes from the word reconnoitre, which is when you obtain information by visual observation.

It’s generally a chance for you to familiarise yourself with somewhere you may never have been.

It really helps when you have a contributor or crew present as well, as it means you are already one step ahead.

For the Eurovision website we will be going to different venues to see how they are preparing for an event that will be watched by around 250million people!

To be honest, I’m quite excited about the one coming up. I’ve never been on a recce that might end with an iced Margarita!

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Filming for Your Country Needs You

 Over the next couple of days I am lucky to be involved with the build up to Your Country Needs You which is on BBC 1, Friday 12th March at 20:30!

Shooting Schedule for TursdayToday we are going to grab the 6 finalists as they exit the studio, asking them about how they are getting on.

Back to the office and after a quick edit the clip published on the website later today.

Then tomorrow I am off to interview members of the public as they wait to enter the studio.

There’s quite a following on Twitter and it will be interesting to finally put screen names to faces.

As I edit the audience clips together to publish on the website I shall be sticking around to film an interview with the winner after the live show.

Once again, the winner’s interview will be edited and published before we go home.

Phew!

Let’s just recap my checklist…
Call Sheet…. Done
Filming Permit…. Done
Risk Assessment…. Done
Batteries charged…. Yep
Tape stock…. Plenty

It’ll be a great chance to work to such tight deadlines.Risk Assessment for filming

 There’s nothing quite like running round TVC with a film permit, a call sheet, a risk assessment, the equipment, and a song for the nation in your heart…

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Filming with Pete Waterman

I am soon to be filming a short interview with Pete Waterman for Eurovision.

Luckily, a lot of it is being sorted by BBC Publicity so it means I can just turn up with my Z1 camera, tripod and some lights, and ask Pete some questions. Just need to sort out the Filming Permit and Risk Assessment.

Pete Waterman

Once we confirmed the interview, we asked people online to submit questions for Pete. Within minutes we had ones, including “will there be a key change in this years song?” (haha brilliant!) and “if you could choose any popstar to sing your song, who would it be?”

I’m really excited about filming the interview.

The edited package should be online next week in time for Your Country Needs You, being aired on Friday night.

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Shoot Day

I’m just putting the finishing touches to the paperwork for today’s filming.

My Call Sheet for today

The Call Sheet is nearly complete thanks to the help from my Production Co Ordinator (who, in other news, has recently been made Production Manager so well done her!).

The Risk Assessment has been signed off and we have been given clearance from the location. Contracts were sent back and fourth and an agreement was finally reached.

I have the equipment all ready; a Z1 camera, Sony clip mic and a tripod. I’m also going to take Dedo lighting with blue gels just in case the light in the room isn’t the best. It looks to be a bright day down in London though so hopefully I won’t need the lights.

I am taking blue gels in case I need to use the dedo’s with natural light streaming through the windows.

Balancing of light temperature is something I learnt on a shoot I did 2 years ago as part of BBC Aspirations. I think, because it was something I figured out myself, it increased my confidence with lighting.

I think the key thing is to play around with different scenarios if you have chance. You learn so much by having a practical go of filming.

Anyway, I’ll continue my printing and will blog about the shoot soon.