7 months later…!

Just thought I’d leave another update on here, to show how much the Tuskar Trust helped me to break into the TV industry! 7 months after my placement at North One Television, and almost a year since the application process began- I can finally say that ‘I work in Television!’ I’ve been working at North One Television as an Office and Production runner for six months now, and the experience has been great!

Whilst in the office I’ve been working closely with the Post Production team- who ingest the footage onto the system(or rushes as they are called) once it has been shot and assist the editors throughout the editing process- ingesting extra material, playing out versions of the edit etc. I’ve been lucky enough to begin to learn the editing system that is used professionally- Avid, and I’m also being trained on a variety of post production tasks.

I haven’t spent all my time in the office though. I’ve been a Production Runner on many shoot days for various productions- including Stephen Fry Gadget Man on Channel 4, The Gadget Show Live at the Excel Centre and The Gadget Show itself on Channel 5. I also ‘logged’ 2 episodes of a new discovery channel documentary called Driven to Extremes. I had my first on screen credit at the end of last year for Gagdet Man, which was amazing, and really made all the hard work worth it!

Thanks again to Jim and David and the Tuskar Trust, because if it hadn’t been for my weeks placement at North One back in August, then I doubt I would be where I am today. The hardest part is getting your foot in the door- which a placement organised by Tuskar Trust will allow you to do. I’ve learnt that if you can prove yourself and work hard, then you’re bound to succeed in the industry! The days can be long and tiring- especially the shoot days- but it’s certainly all worth it when your name is scrolling up the TV screen!

PS. Two programmes that I was part of are airing in the next couple of weeks. Driven to Extremes starts on Discovery Channel at 9pm this Sunday (with my two episodes following the next two weeks) and there is a Gadget Show special on the 25th March at 7pm on Channel 5. Give them a watch if you’re interested! You might possibly see my name!!

3 months later…!

Thought I’d just update everyone on what I’m up to! After a very successful weeks work experience at North One Television 3 months ago…. I’m still there!

I’ve been taken on as an office and production runner and I’ve been having the best time! My main job is basic office duties, but I’ve also been lucky enough to work on 3 productions during my time there. I have logged for a Discovery Channel documentary, ran for a new Stephen Fry factual entertainment show for Channel Four and ran for a pilot show for North One Australia.

I’ve been really enjoying myself- and it’s all come from my original weeks work experience! The amount of experience I have gained already has been amazing! So thanks so much again to Jim, Dave and the Tuskar Trust and all the trustees. Hopefully I’ll have more to blog about in a few months!

The second week..

Has taken ages to reply due to moving to uni 1 day after I finished work experience!
The last week consisted of a few days in the office in the editing suite observing the boys editing an MTV chart run down which was really interesting seeing how the whole programme came together. Wednesday, I was down at the studios again for Freshly Squeezed whilst Matt and Darren interviewed DJ Fresh, Bat For Lashes and Tim Burgess!
Thursday was my favourite day of the week, as I got to assist on a shoot with The Script which they filmed with a handheld camera on the rooftop! It came out really well and they were the nicest people. Friday I was again down the studios where Freshly Squeezed films the ‘Ones to watch’ in music interviewing bands called BIGkids, The Other Tribe and Fleur. Was the best opportunity meeting lots of people and gaining contacts for future work experience and I’d like to thank David, Jim and the whole Tuskar Trust for the opportunity and would love to do some more. Sophie x

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Day Three:

I was at the studios again in the morning helping out the MTV producers with the MTV chart run down of ‘The Top 80 of the 80’s’ with Sinitta! She was sweet and surprised I didn’t even recognize quite a lot of the songs being a 90’s kid! I was tempted to ask her a few things about Simon Cowell but don’t worry, I didn’t! Funnily enough, her song ‘So Macho’ was #1 in the countdown and she did an embarrassing dance to celebrate. Made the mistake of telling the producer he looked my dad which he wasn’t very happy about! He spent half the morning making comments until I took it back! I was back at the office in the afternoon doing more research and helping anyone else out who needed assistance! They are all really lovely, and were interested to know what I wanted to do as a career and it was interesting to see how they all got into this industry and what their different job roles consisted of.

Day Four:

I was at the office for the whole day today. I had to watch every single Justin Bieber music video and then watch their interview ‘Viva Bieber’ to record the music videos used which didn’t have their original song playing over the top which was quite difficult as I’m not a fan of JB! I was asked to take the tube down to Camden to the MTV studios to deliver a few parcels and pick up a Taylor Swift tape for Remedy and for the rest of the afternoon I did little jobs for the others to help things get done on time (a very important thing in a media production company!) Was so tired by the time I got home, getting up at 6 every day has killed me! It has been a great week though, can’t wait for next week!

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Day One:

Got up early in excitement arriving at the train station armed with maps and directions only to get to Highbury and Islington and walking completely the wrong way ending up at another tube station where no one knew where St Peter’s Street was! Luckily made it in the end with 10 minutes to spare but flustered and lost due to panicking that I was going to be late! Was greeted by a friendly mentor who was the temporary house runner and he gave me a tour of the production office and editing suites before giving me my assigned seat and log in/email details. Was a quiet first day at the office, doing research for Freshly Squeezed links such as ‘This Day in Music’ finding out the history of music on that particular day and watch particular videos and record timings and record each visual such as a music video which didn’t have it’s particular song playing over the top. Was easier said than done as flashed by each second but my years of watching music channels for hours hopefully paid off! Got home about half 7 and was so knackered I pretty much went straight to bed!

Day Two:

Day at the Freshly Squeezed studio in Notting Hill! Was a surreal day, setting up the cameras and making sure the two studios/sets were ready to be filmed (they are surprisingly small!). Then Trey Songz came through the door for the first interview and shook my hand, he had extremely moisturised hands! Darren Jeffries (the presenter) was missing his usual Freshly Squeezed sidekick Matt Littler but seemed to hold his own and pull off amazing interviews throughout the morning with Trey Songz, Tinchy Stryder and Delilah. I was the runner for the day and did cable bashing whilst filming which meant I had a front row seat for the interviews and Delilah’s live acoustic performance of her latest song, she was incredible and not many people get to sit in a room with about 6 other people and be performed to!! Luckily held in my excitement and was professional. The afternoon was taken up by doing the links for the Freshly Squeezed show in the other studio, all 5 shows filmed in this afternoon! Darren’s fill in presenter was Tinchy Stryder therefore got to spend the afternoon with him which was funny, he is a nice/very small guy and we talked briefly about seafood and the book ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ which weren’t the first subjects I would have thought I’d be talking about to Tinchy Stryder! Finally finished at half 6 after getting up at 6 that morning, I was exhausted! Got home about 9 and went straight to bed!

Last day at North One TV

The final day was spent in the edit suite. I watched as the editors began to edit the footage together, firstly by choosing the best shots, placing them in order using the script and then creating transitions between them. I helped to give advice and feedback to them as to what clips looked best etc. I found it extremely interesting to watch them work and see the jumbled up clips come together as one episode.

As the day came to an end I said my goodbyes and thanked everyone that I had worked with. I am going back on Thursday to see the final edits and catch up with everyone that I have met. They have all been so friendly, and I am extremely pleased with the outcome of the past two weeks. I am hoping that this placement will have really helped me get started in my Television Production career. Thank you so much to Jim, David and the Tuskar Trust for such an invaluable and brilliant experience!

Shoot Day!

The shoot day was extremely interesting. I performed the role of the data wrangler/logger. I had to liase with the camera man and note down the minutes that each scene was filmed at. This will help in the edit of the production, so that each clip can be found easily. It was a very long day as 4 episodes were filmed, but I found it extremely interesting to see the set up of the equipment- the camera, the lights etc.

On Thursday I arrived an hour later due to the late night the day before. Today the props were collected so we had to empty the studio. I also helped to write a schedule for a new production. Then after lunch the edit begun. I sat in the edit suite and watched/assisted with the beginning edit of the episodes using Final Cut Pro. Final day tomorrow- I’ve had such a great time!

Day 5 – Big Brother

Day Five

On my fifth and final day I was working with digital. They run the facebook and twitter pages and report on whats happening in the house. I sat with them and watched the live streams, luckily when I was there the housemates were taking part in a task so there was lots of things to take note of.

I was asked to take note on the interesting things that happened in the task, interesting conversations and if one housemates makes a comment on another housemate. 

While I was there I saw one housemate comment on if another housemate was gay or not.  Two of the more manly men in the house talking about Twilight one stating he was very excited for the next film. And a certain “dumb blonde” saying that she thought Moses was Jesus’s cousin.

I told my findings to the other members of the digital crew and they posted it on twitter to keep the followers up to date.

After a long day of work, I packed up my stuff making my way round each team I had worked with that week and saying my goodbyes to all the lovely people I had worked with. I left 4 packets of biscuits in the kitchen cabin though I do not know if they were eaten as a lot of the people I had come across were on diets.

My week of working on a TV show was over and I have learnt some much and had loads offun working in the different departments.

This is definitely something that I would love to do again if I got the chance. Thanks very much to Jim, Dave and The Tuskar Trust for giving me this opportunity!!!

Katie x

Second Week

The second week began by placing the final few props in the studio and making sure that it looked as good as it could. We bought plants and posters from the neighboring shops and also used the props cupboard at North One to kit out the location. In the afternoon we had a script meeting to review the scripts and create a shoot plan. Part of the episodes are being shot tomorrow and the majority are being shot on Wednesday. It all sounds very exciting- and I’m sure I’m going to gain a lot of experience- so I can’t wait!

Day 2 of the second week was a lot busier than any other day! I spent the morning buying the last few props for the production. Then at about 12:30, I was asked to travel to Argos in victoria to pick up some reserved items. A production team was leaving to shoot a documentary in China at 2pm and needed last minute items from Argos! I then helped to load the car and pack up the equipment so that the team could get to the airport.

After lunch I began helping to create a ‘guy’ for the Starcount shoot. Whilst doing this I received a call from the China production team. They had forgotten some paperwork and therefore I had to travel to Heathrow terminal 3 and hand it over! Tomorrow is the shoot day so I am really looking forward to it.

The Summer begun at V

So the V festival weekend has come and gone… However the weekend was much more than hard work. I arrived at Hyde Park in Chelmsford on Friday morning at 9.30, and work begun instantly… with helping to set up Blinks production office. So lucky to find out the production office was directly behind the main V stage.

My first task was to set up the presenters dressing room and doing a large number of labour and muscle jobs (which I am defiantly no good at), having to move 16 desk chairs all the way across the main track turned out to be a hard job to complete. Everyone moves around V in the Golf buggys, moving from stage to stage and I was lucky enough to be able to drive them for the whole weekend because of my drivers licence. The most exciting adventure being able to drive example to the TV studio (where I spent most of my work experience).

I was very lucky within the studio by meeting so many artists and celebrities who were performing or watching the festival in general. I was lucky enough to have my picture taken with Keith Lemon and a favourite star from TOWIE, Mick. Combined with this I met Rita Ora, Ed Sheeren, Rita Ora, Rizzle Kicks and many more. From doing small jobs, to beig jobs of helping out the presenters, I had the most amazing weekend and met alot of people.

Through all the hard work and looking after everyone, I did manage to get to watch parts of The Killers, David Guetta, Tulisa and Tom Jones perform, which turned out to be AMAZING LIVE.  Especially when your standing at the side of the stage to them.

I defiantly made the most out of my experience and wouldn’t change anything I did or achieved. Thank you Tuskar Trust!!