Category Archives: Writing and Ideas

Eurovision, EastEnders, Strictly and more!

I think there needs to be some equation set out that explains the disinterest in blogging and tweeting if you do it in your work-life. Something along the lines of…

blogging + work = not blogging at home

There, that can be it! Not sure what all these mathematicians and scientists are singing and dancing about…. equations are actually quite easy.

Anyway, since my last entry so much has changed! Life seems to have a fun way of twisting and turning in such a short space of time and before you know it a year has already passed, you’ve done two months on EastEnders (as blogger Guest Insider) and you are back to working on Strictly Come Dancing.

Gemma presenting at Playback

Me presenting at my playback session

I guess the most recent thing that has happened has been my presentation about integration and how successful it can be to a production. Using Eurovision 2011 as an example, I gave my top 5 tips to getting the most out of Multiplatform and Linear teams working together.

Gemma Hodgson

Me presenting at my Playback session

They were:
1. Be positive– I knows sounds totally cliché but it’s amazing how many ideas get turned down within the first sentence because of the word ‘no’ aka ‘can’t be bothered to investigate’

2. Do your research – I think as well as being part of the Multiplatform team, it’s also your job to educate the linear teams about what is possible regarding audience interaction these days. And to also let them know how cheap it can be these days!

3. Get involved – being a self shooting, self editing ACP means that I can film and edit for the linear teams. It’s a great way to really feel part of a team so if you have and skills, even if they are very basic, get practicing so that next time someone needs something covering you can put your services forward.

Gemma Hodgson

Presenting at my playback session

4. Be flexible – It’s clear that you aren’t going to work office hours anymore, especially when the production really gets going. It’s important to understand and remember this!

5. Finally, learn the lingo – Not only is it your job to educate people about the world of the web but also, to help with team morale and getting involved – see tip 3 ;o) – learn the lingo of the TV production. It really helps you to feel part of something more than ‘just the web’

So they are the top tips I presented. It was a very interesting experience and one that I really enjoyed. It’s really helped me to get focused for upcoming events.

Soon I shall be working on Strictly and I have already set reminders to help me blog each week about my experiences. It’s certainly set to be an interesting autumn!!

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

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Teleweb from Gerd Leonhard

Have you seen the video below? Basically it’s everything I have been harping on about (sorry about that) in just 8 minutes!

Gerd Leonhard, Founder and CEO of The Futures Agency, Media Futurist, Author and fellow blogger explains the future of television now that the internet has arrived.

He talks about how in 2 – 3 years television sets will automatically connect to the internet and how social networkers are the next broadcasters. In just 5 years you won’t be able to seperate TV and the internet!

It’s good to see that there are professionals with the same thoughts as I have…perhaps I’m not a loon after all!

Jury Duty Bingo

If you don’t already know, I have been away for the past two weeks on Jury Duty (which by the way is FANTASTIC and so much fun!)

The first week we got a case with a chap who had two counts of ‘violence occasioning actual bodily harm’.

This case took four days and we came to a unanomous verdict of gulity for both counts. He’ll be going dahhhhhn.

The second week we got a case with another chap who had two counts of ‘violence with the intent to cause GBH’

This case got thrown out of court after it appeared his health may have been a deciding factor to the attack…it left a lot of the jury questioning the decision quite heavily but I suppose that’s how it sometimes pans out.

Anyway, during the two weeks I noticed various things about the courtroom and how people spoke / addressed others.

Therefore, I have come up with Jury Duty Bingo, so if any of you out there have the fortune to be called up to serve, take this along with you and see if you can get all 9!

Jury Duty Bingo

I’ve also scaled it the same size as a pad of paper which you get to write on in court so you can tuck it nicely in between the pages ;o)

Not all will be said. For example the ‘disobediant open black gown’ corresponds to the gown the barristers / ushers etc wear and the amount of times they have to pull it back onto their shoulders! Watch out for that one.

The thoughts and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

5D fun to come…

It appears that the next few weeks will be somewhat quieter compared to recent months.

I am therefore taking this opportunity to get my showreel up to date again and have a go at using some new equipment. I’m sure people in the office won’t mind me filming them.

So I am booking in some time with a 5D which you can see in the picture complete with a rig!…although I don’t think I can get the rig. There also seems to be a little wait to hire the 5D. Not sure why that could be!?

The full article by Adam Wilt, with information from the NAB 2009 can be found here. It even includes Airstar’s reflective balloon which floats up and bounces ground-based lights from it instead of using a crane. 

The views and opinions in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Eurovision 2010 Final vlog

During the Eurovision 2010 Final, I kept a short vlog about what goes in to making a website for a live show.

And here it is……..

The views and opinions expressed in this article and video are that of my own and not my employer.


It’s the time for competition…

I have recently been lucky enough to be sent information about a few competitions that are taking place.

The first is the Twitter Contest being ran by the Met Film School.

Basically, you have to follow MetFilmSchool on Twitter and pitch them your idea in one single tweet! Then one winner will be rewarded with a free place on their Introduction to Screenwriting course!

What a fantastic way to use Twitter for an online competition. It’s great to see the different ways in which people are using Social Networking to reach a larger audience.

Also, the prize is fantastic and would really help anyone who took part in the Scriptwriting Frenzy!

Please note, the deadline is 18th May so get those thinking caps on!

The second challenge I have my eye on at the moment is the one ran by Framepool/LBBOnline/Fireflies. For this, you have to make a piece of work showing the meaning of the word ‘courage’. It can be from 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length and the winner will be the first to win this annual award!

Please note, the deadline is 20th May for this challenge.

It certainly appears that with the summer coming soon, the competitions are certainly surfacing.

In other news, I am busy editing together the Hero VT for our UK Eurovision hopeful. The video will be published the week before the live final.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Future of Filmmaking

I was recently sent this trailer which I think sums up exactly what I have been thinking about the future of filmmaking.

With the introduction of new technology which allows people to make their own productions and edit them together, the world of filmmaking is evolving and changing.

Being at the forefront of all this change, for me is so exciting!

It’s like the beginning of the space race all over again. But without the space.

Also, I have a feeling that in the future, the ‘celebrity’ as we know it will also change. Instead of the socialites and reality TV show graduates, the future of a ‘celeb’ will revolve much more around blogs and web feeds.

Who knows, the acclaimed 15 minutes of fame may turn in to more like 5!

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.