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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.

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Blogging, Scripting, Filming and Birthdays!

It’s now very apparent that I can’t blog AND script at the same time!

Writing the Script... first draftI started out quite well with my Scriptwriting Frenzy, but then lost a few days because of filming and celebrating birthdays. This has meant that I am now writing around 4.5 pages a day in order to keep up with the schedule.Actual piece of script from a screengrab

It could be worse…it could be a case of writing something from scratch with just a week and a half to go!

I have also been filming with Josh Dubovie, our hopeful for Eurovision 2010.

I filmed behind the scenes on Wednesday and Thursday, following Josh during his rehearsals.

Then I planned an interview on the Friday morning so that he could talk about the rehearsals and the footage that I had already shot could be used as ‘paints’ to illustrate what Josh spoke about.

I then needed to edit the package together and comply it on Friday afternoon so it could be published.

(Needless to say that the interview was rescheduled for the Thursday afternoon instead. Great as it gave me more time to edit the package. But it meant I had less time to think about the questions.)

Shooting to edit is a very important technique when you have such a small time frame. For example, with this interview I threw some ideas around on the Wednesday afternoon after the first lot of filming to come up with two ‘safe’ options I could talk to Josh about.

These ‘safe’ options couldn’t give away anything that was taking place with the staging.

I chose to ask Josh about being in TVC and the simple dance routine he had been practising.

This consequently meant I knew exactly what to film during the behind the scenes.

A few more filming dates are coming up in the next few weeks which I will tell you about…

For up to the minute information about what I am doing, you can follow my Twitter account.

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

Filming for Your Country Needs You … Conclusion

The final of Your Country Needs You was quite the exciting and interesting night!

I was able to hit all my deadlines with speed yet precision and can safely say I am able to shoot and edit videos, with basic colour correction, grading, titles and audio mix, in 45 minutes.

Friday certainly put this to the test and I turned around 3 videos:

And a third video where we interviewed the fans as they came to TVC.

The winner was revealed and Josh will now be taking the UK through to Eurovision 2010 and while many people have already snubbed him, I think we are going to do really well this year.

It’s such a happy and catchy tune, and for all those who say it’s rubbish…well just have another listen to some of the other Eurovision 2010 entries and then get back to me.

The thing I love most about the track are the lyrics. For anyone that knows me, you’ll already be aware that 99% of the time, I like a song for the lyrics and how it ‘speaks’ to me. This is one of those occasions.

So, good luck to Josh! I shall be speaking to him about behind the scenes filming, but in the mean time, I hope he will enjoy all that is coming his way…

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

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…

The views and opinions above are that of my own and not my employer