V festival on site production

V festival was amazing. All the hard work and effort put into my time at the office had all come into place with the most amazing results!

Friday on site wasn’t very busy and mainly consisted of getting used to the site and paths we would be taking for the rest of the weekend. Other tasks we had y were getting the four different edit and production trucks ready for the directors, preparing them with stationary, water, timetables and call sheets ect. It was also a good chance to meet the rest of the teams on site also getting a feel for timings and basic duties for each day.

Saturday on site was spent working as a runner for the stage one production team. At one point I was even asked to step in as a runner for the TV production truck. Working from 8.30 am to 11pm was tiring but what i was doing in between made it all worth while. Like Friday, the first tasks were to get the edit and stage visual trucks ready for the directors and assistants to start the day with accurate information in front of them. Other tasks to start the day were labelling tapes for each artist, photocopying and editing sheets. Later on in the day I visited the TV set for the first time, the behind the scenes set up is amazing, i never knew how many people were waiting behind the cameras each doing a job. Another highlight on the Saturday was being allowed to sit in the stage one live edit and video truck for the whole of Paloma Faith’s set. It was mind blowing, I had no idea that all the images shown on the jumbo screen were being directed carefully shot by shot to ensure the audience don’t miss a thing! There is also an ENG logger who watches the footage marking down good or bad aspects of each shot to report to the TV truck for clearance to be aired on channel 4. I’ve never seen so many screens in my life. One other highlight of the day was being able to stand by and watch some of the off set interviews with Katy B and even some intro/outro’s read by Steve Jones and Edith Bowman.

Sunday was spent assisting Artist liaison, which is basically the duty of getting the Artists from A to B- in this case from the artist area to there place of interview (the presenter tower or various other on site locations)and  I had the best time ever. Myself and Charlotte got to meet so many people including; Joe Dempsie, Olly Murs, Calvin Harris, John Newman, Ellie Goulding ect. Golf Buggying them around was a big responsibility but such amazing fun, I even had to go on a Food run for The Saturdays. Standing by on the interviews and watching on set was brilliant, so rewarding once i’d watched the highlights show afterwards and saw the scenes i was present when they were being recorded.

All I can say is thank you so much to Jim and David, I also wish a good luck to next years trustees who will be coming through the same process.

I thought I would also let you know I’ve started to build connections already! I’ve contacted everyone I helped or worked with with contact details and also added some of them on facebook to keep the networks going. Through this I’ve been sent the email of a woman who controls the live events for the BBC! there will be a CV on its way shortly

Louise xx

So to round it all up…

The whole experience was truly incredible, the people in the industry are amazing, everyone gave me the time of day and was friendly whether they were the runners or executives. I can not thank Jim and David enough! This is something I will never forget and although it was draining it was soooooo worth it and I’d do it ten times over.

Also Lianne Baker contacted me shortly after the placement saying she would like to know how my week went and discuss future opportunities with her, so tomorrow I’m off to Shepherds Bush in London where Endemol is based and am looking forward to it!

I just want to thank everyone involved that gave me this opportunity and experience, it has confirmed my thoughts that this is exactly the industry i want to be in.

Thank you! :D :) :)

Anna.

My Week Continued…

Day 3 – WOW! best day yet!!! i got the opportunity to sit in on the rehearsal of BBBOTS, meet Emma Willis and then sit in the audience of the actual show that evening! amazing. It was great getting to see how the show is rehearsed (fairly quickly Emma’s a busy person) and how different it is from the fully constructed and edited version we see on the TV screen. Spending my day in BOTS was great i spent some time with the VT Crew where one guy shew me around one of the cameras they often use which was really interesting. I also did some general research for the upcoming celeb BB.

Day 4 – I loved today as it was spent with the task team which all the rest of the village had been telling me was very fun. Unfortunately the day i was working with them they didn’t have a huge task on so i didn’t get to actually go INSIDE the BB house like a friend i met also on work experience but i still had a great day. I was shadowing a runner and we had to go get some more alcohol for the housemates then had to debrand it all as company’s could say that it’s advertising otherwise. We also had to do the housemates laundry and other general jobs:)

Day 5 – was amazing! i worked with the live crew getting ready for the live eviction that night. This was exciting as i got to go round the live set and in the globe. We swept and cleaned the whole set as well as collecting deliveries and other general duties. The best part of the day was getting to watch Emma Willis rehearse and be stand ins for the audience members and Friends and family. So being (pretend) interviewed by Emma was pretty cool! I then was asked if i wanted to be in the audience for the Live show that night to which i said YES.. of course. It was truly AMAZING!

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My Week at BIG BROTHER !

Day 1 – Wow. Well i was very very nervous for my first day, walking up to the big iron gates with some very scary looking security guys (who were in fact extremely lovely people and very much part of the team). I started with a tour of the village and best of all the Big Brother house itself! This was incredible! its like a huge hallway which perimeters the bedroom, kitchen, garden etc. with many one way mirrors so that the cameras can film. It was a very cool feeling spying on the housemates so up close and in person aside from seeing them on a TV screen. I then spent some time in the DDF department where i was given a list of some timings of footage in which needed to be screen shot and saved then sent off to Press.

Day 2 – I spent today in the Reality department where i shadowed the runners there seeing what their job entails. I did basic jobs such as collecting lunch orders, going to Tesco’s to get them then deliver them to everyone, making Tea’s and Coffees etc. Doing these very simple jobs where probably in fact the most eye opening, it made it clear that the production would not get done without the runners getting all the ‘bits n’ bobs’ sorted. I also spent time in the Gallery where there are 40 odd screens all different sizes and these are live feed from small CCTV style cameras which are inside the Big Brother house. Also in the Gallery is the voice of BB itself! it was so cool to see BB talking to Gina in the diary room on one of the screens but at the same time looking at someone in a small box room speaking into a mic to her. That was a great moment where behind the scenes met what the audience see/hear on screen and see how things are actually put together.

Blink TV – On Site for V Festival

Friday was very much doing odd jobs, things that needed putting into place or being run up to various stages etc. It was a shock to the system working for 12 hours but the time seemed to fly by. It was great to see everything being set up, you underestimate how much is needed for the show to go on, I have never seen so many trucks in my whole life.

Saturday was more of the same but with music, our production office was directly behind the stage so we were able to hear everything and get glimpses of artists which did not in any way, shape or form, prepare me for how many people we would see on Sunday. The rain poured down before Beyonce and I had the privilege of meeting one of my favourite artists’ Gabrielle Aplin which made the day all the better.

Sunday was by far the best day. Louise and I got to work with Ali, the person in charge of Artist Liaison, she allowed us into the artist area where we got to work with her and that gave us the opportunity to meet a lot of very cool people. Later in the day, I had to drive The Saturdays, Joe Dempsie and Lawson which was nerve-wracking but a lot of fun.

I learnt so much about the industry over the two weeks and established important contacts which I will utilise. I am eternally grateful to Jim and David for this incredible opportunity and for the awesome Summer I had, everything I have learnt will stay with me for a very long time and aid me at University and hopefully future employment. I hope everybody had a great experience!

Blink TV – Working at the Soho Office

This experience was simply priceless on every level and although the commute was exhausting it was naturally, well worth it. I made several valuable acquaintances throughout the placement which all worked in different fields which was fun to explore. From Artist Liaison to TV production, it was crazy to see how things really worked and it made me think how naive we are as an audience sometimes, thinking that things are just magically put together when really, there is a team of people working for weeks and weeks to create it.

I worked mostly on Artist Biogs, putting together a somewhat portfolio for each artist which would then be taken and turned into interviews for the presenters to have with artists, so it felt like I was really contributing which I enjoyed a lot, particularly writing about artists that I personally had an interest for. Amongst other things, I researched previous set lists of artists, imported tracks into the shared database needed by the people in the trucks recording performances and even jumping on a tube to pick up a makeshift bike chain to ensure no members of the public got into our section on site.

After our day off for our results, which surprisingly went well, we moved to site…

BlinkTV office overview

I’ve had such an amazing time on this placement, so firstly i would love to say thank you to Jim and David for this rare opportunity. The first week at the BlinkTV office in Soho was fantastic.  I spent most of my time researching and listening to music to put onto the preferred tracks to broadcast spreadsheet, which changed more or less every day depending on clearance and management incite. Other tasks in the office were equally interesting such as importing music onto the systems, searching for previous band set lists, lyrics and even writing artist biographies for the producers to use for information going into scripts and que cards for the presenters. Other smaller tasks included working out track timing, sorting and organising stage folders and making binder sides using the company logo.

V Festival and Dermot O’Leary

 

Although I am a bit late on posting this, I have been given V Festival as my placement! Naturally, I am ecstatic, I invest most of my time in music so this was ideal. (Cries over Beyoncé) Once contact was made with Elizabeth Flowers, the person in charge of looking after me essentially, it really hit me that I am going to do this which is all extremely exciting. The first day will be on the 5th of August so it is a waiting game until then to see what it will really entail. The mystery of it all makes it all the more intriguing but works me in to an anxious frenzy.

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Dermot O’Leary with Anna and Louise (wish you were there James, sending you love), he was not only down-to-earth, friendly and just genuinely warm as a person, but a huge help. He was able to use his experience to aid our knowledge of the media world. After his talk, I was able to take a lot of advice away from it which will stay with me for a long time and hopefully will help me utilise my experience working for V fully. This has already turned out to be an incredible experience and the best is yet to come, till next time!

Meeting Dermot O’ Leary!!!

The other day myself along with the other Tuskar Trust candidates were lucky enough to meet the one and only man of the media – Dermot O’ Leary!!!! I’ve always been a huge fan of The X Factor and inspired by Derms Presenting as its something I’ve been interested in for a long while now. Dermot seemed such a genuine, down to earth guy with some great advice and it was an absolute pleasure to meet him! Without being part of this whole Tuskar experience, i wouldn’t of got this opportunity so thanks!

Anna :) :D