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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.

Sunshine and Pens

Temperatures are expected to reach 17C this weekend. With that in mind, it’s time to take the scriptwriting on the road!

Well, when I say on the road, I mean to the park.

I’m 13 pages in to my Scriptwriting Frenzy.  I should be writing about 3.3 pages per day in order to meet the 100 page quota for the deadline. Certainly won’t be doing the College trick and leaving it until the night before!

In other news, the recce went really well and I was able to make contact with the people running the Eurovision event.

Took a few stills and have worked out where to do any filming; the venue is a pub and so noise was instantly a real issue.

From my experience when I filmed in a Playgroup for Children in Need, I shall be using a clip mic on any contributors and make sure their backs are to the crowd. It worked really well for me with the Tess Daly video

One last thing. A huge thank you for the link on The Manchizzle website! Make sure you keep up to date with all the Manchester based blogs by visiting this site.

Meanwhile, you can keep up to date with my weekend adventures with my Twitter account.

The opinions and views expressed in this article 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.


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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Dragons’ Den Online

Dragons’ Den Online is back in full swing and I jumped at the chance of filming the After the Den interviews on DSR.

You may have heard about the new online only version of the show from fellow blogger Lee Collins.

What a lovely crisp morning in ManchesterThis photograph shows Manchester at 6AM, just as I arrived at the location.

We filmed with Dom Byrne who you may know from The Chris Moyles Show or Oddbox. He was great and you can find him on Twitter!Dom Byrne commenting on Twitter about the filming day

Although we were late in starting the first pitch because of an issue with the lift, by 10AM we were ready to start and the first entrepreneur went to pitch their idea to the two Online Dragons; Shaf Rasul and Julie Mayer.

We watched each of the pitches in the Gallery so that Dom could make notes and ask the intrepid entrepreneurs questions corresponding to the action in the Den.

My DSR camera waiting to be put on the TripodThe main thing that I learnt from it all was FOCUS! The last time I filmed the Dom Interviews, a lot of my footage seemed to be out of focus which was a real shame. However this time I made sure that every shot, wherever I moved to, was in focus.

I did this by zooming in, checking the focus, and reframing quickly while the Entrepreneur answered the question.Watching the pitches from the Gallery

It was a fantastic day despite the 12 hours of running up and down four flights of stairs. It made the lamb curry at dinnertime all the more satisfying.

I had to use talkback to keep in contact with all production crew

Bring on the next block…

These are my own opinions and views and not those of my employer.

Product Placement, Editorial Guidelines and more fun stuff!

It’s strange uploading pictures to a personal blog because in the back of my mind I am constantly plagued with questions about editorial guidelines and whether they would pass compliance.

Working at the BBC for 3 years means I have sub consciously been programmed to review all published content, even if it’s for a personal site.

I found myself questioning a picture of my editing station the other day because it had a picture of a water bottle in it… how peculiar!?

A BBC Style blurred bottle

This time I have blurred it out, although the UK law has of course, recently changed. What will the world be like now?

Well one thing is for certain, and as a friend recently pointed out on Twitter, it will hopefully mean the obvious coke glasses on American Idol will now be visible… will it?

 These are my own opinions and views and not those of my employer.