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“How do I get into the Media?”

Z5 view finderHaving filmed the BBC Three Live Insight event last Thursday, I found most of the audience asked me about getting into the media industry.

The answer I gave to all is to apply for work experience at the company you want to work for.

Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula as you may have already read in a previous blog I wrote about how I got into the industry.

I too didn’t have any connections with people who already worked in the media industry.

But like many people who now work at the BBC, I applied for work experience and during that month of employment I spoke to Production Managers about possible runner jobs, either in the office or on set, coming up in the future.

Luckily, my ‘work experience’ contract kept getting extended. I think it was because I treated the experience as something that could end as quickly as it had started…and I was nice and cheap for the production ;o)

Whatever reason it was, I worked in Linear (TV) for a few months before applying for a job in Multiplatform. That’s how I managed to work for the BBC.

If you show passion and commitment, I don’t think you can go far wrong.

The views and opinions expressed in this article 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!