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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.


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Filming for Audience Insights

Filming the Audience Insights day in BBC London was great fun although quite exhausting!

The day began at 8am when the four camera operators; Anna, Andy, Josh and myself, sorted the Z5 kits and got ready for a morning of flash mobbing.

Camera D; My Camera

The 50 young people arrived and we split into four groups; one camera with each group…logical! The groups then went to different areas of the BBC and made people aware of the Audience Insights Portal now available online.

Filming the Flash Mobs at the BBCFor the morning session, we simply followed each group with handheld Z5’s (although I took my monopod… obviously! Everyone who knows me, understands how much I love that thing for observational filming).

After a 17 minute lunch (yum!) we set up for the afternoon question andFilming the Question and Answer session answer session.

For this, three  BBC controllers met with the 16 – 24 year olds to discuss everything and anything; from their personal experiences to their programme ideas.

It was a fantastic afternoon session to film.  We filmed it much like a usual audience setup. Two cameras either side of the stage, one at the back as a wide shot of the whole stage, and then one focused on the audience.

I am quite excited about editing it all together… all 14 tapes!

Skecher and Camera

I think the best part of the day for me was getting to meet and record a voice over with Kirsten O’Brien. I used to watch her present CBBC with Ortis the Aadvark and I couldn’t believe I was sat next to her! Ahh it’s the small things I guess….

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

Audience Insights

This week I shall be filming an in-house BBC auidence insight event.

The day will consist of following four teams who are taking part in a flash mob in different locations. There are four crews following the four flash mob teams. After a morning of observational filming, we’ll be at a question and answer session with some big names in BBC.

The first bit of filming will be done with a z5 and monopod.

This is the monopod I use when filming

I always tend to use a monopod to counteract the camera. I know there’s other better devices for such a deed but for me, the monopod technique works really well and I always stand by the idea of maknig equpiment work for you. That’s why it’s invented after all!

I’ve been working closely with the event organiser and the afternoon session will be filmed by three static cameras and one roaming; a lot like a stage show such as stand up or theatre productions.

It’ll be a good day, allowing me to use the Z5 again. I have also put my alarm on to remind me to TAKE PICTURES!

Eurovision; First Semi-Finals

It has finally arrived. The first of the Eurovision 2010 Semi-Finals takes place tonight at the Telenor Stadium in Oslo, Norway and is broadcast on BBC Three.

Josh Dubovie stands for his photograph

Tonight, I shall be in the office editing together a video diary that our man in the field, Paul Condon, has been filming. You can follow him on the official BBC Eurovision Twitter feed.

I shall also be updating the news pieces and the website itself for all those who aren’t on Facebook or Twitter.

It’s great getting to use Dreamweaver, Photoshop, iBroadcast and FTP again. I thought I would have forgotten a lot of the process but I think Last Man Standing drilled it into my subconscious.

And I promise, after this week is over I shall start to blog about the world of media, as opposed to just Eurovision. Honestly!

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

Eurovision has taken over my life!

Well, the official countdown to the Eurovision has begun. This time next week we’ll know who the 25 finalists are.

On Wednesday morning we filmed a brief challenge with Josh Dubovie during his rehearsals. He had to guess whether the songs he heard were winners or whether they scored nil points.

You can see how well he did on the Eurovision website.

Meanwhile, the linear team set off for Oslo on Thursday afternoon. Travelling by coach and ferry to avoid any disruption from strikes or ash clouds, they will arrive at their destination in the early hours of Saturday morning.

With the Senior Content Producer heading out to Oslo on Sunday with BA (hopefully!), it’ll mean I have a week of looking after the website. I’m really excited as it means I can get stuck into a bit of HTML, photoshop and publishing again.

Whenever I do anything like that, it reminds me of being in a spy film. You know those scenes I’m talking about. When the character is typing furiously on their laptops to ‘hack’ into a system of somekind. What can I say, it helps make the day go quicker.

The views and opinions expressed in this article 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.

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

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