Day Ten, and my last day started like the same way, arriving at 9.30 and starting early with research. Today I researched locations for the location manager and its not as easy as you might think! After being summoned to Nick’s office, I was a runner again fetching a shirt for a presenter from Covent Garden. Whilst on the tube I relaised I’ve learnt so much from being in the environment for the last two weeks. I’ve learnt how North One plan and execute projects. It’s been a great and joyous experience. Even more so, that North One wants me to stay on for another week. It’s a massive opportunity as after my holiday there is a possibility I could stay for even longer. This possibility only came about thanks to the Tuskar Trust. I’ve loved every minute and although its cliché its true, I’ve done everything to running across London, to making coffee, to building gadgets, to editing. I’d like to say a massive thanks to Jim, David and the other Tuskar Trust members. Thanks for your support. And thanks for the opportunity.
Day five consisted of me helping with the editing. It was rather fun; digitalising stuff that would be used for the shows. I also had an experimenting session on Avid. Later in the afternoon, I read up on theories on editing and the digital side. I have really enjoyed my first week, slowly understanding the real world of T.V
Day Six and I was moved ‘upstairs’ to the pre-production side. However before I “went upstairs” I got a feeling of how maniac it was in post-production. There were new people and new tasks spanning the spectrum. This was more my expectations beforehand, with everything going on at once. When it died down mid morning, I went upstairs to work on the pre-productions for ‘Gadget man’. Basically I researched, played and built gadgets for the day. It was brilliant! And I am really look forward to the rest of the week…
Day Two started with a chat with one of the many editors; he talked about multi-camera editing on the new show they are editing. It was fascinating and it dawned in me how much terminology is in the media. That sounds naïve but I never realised it would be that vast. The rest of the day consisted of me fulfilling odd jobs around the office, which was to be expected at some point.
Day Three started with a chat to another editor, talking about my future career plans. Its very interesting to listen to various stories from the inside and its giving me a lot of knowledge on a topic I knew very little of. I think that is a very good thing about this process and work experience in general. I being in this environment is a constant learning curve that I’m enjoying a lot. It also makes me realise how much I have actually learnt too with only three days gone.
Day Four went well. I am now starting to put my knowledge to the test in some ways as I started to explore editing practically. My knowledge of I.P’s, Sampling Theory and digitalizing which I have learnt whilst on work experience were put to the test as I used AVID to digitalize. It was exciting, although the task itself isn’t that entertaining, to be using industry equipment which will stand me in good stead for the uni and hopefully in the future a job! I’m really enjoying myself being in this environment.
I arrived at North One Television at 9.30. The building looked like a normal house, nothing extraordinary inside or out, but the people were very nice and friendly. It was surprisingly busy in a good way, unlike the rest of London that was a swarm of businessmen and women. I then met Karl who gave me a tour of the building. Again, it was surprisingly ‘normal’. It wasn’t all desks and studios like I imagined. Infact there was no studio. Instead it was mostly editing suites, where I spent most of the day. After helping copy and print onto CD’s, I watched as the guys edited a small promotion video. The first day has kind of broken my expectations of how editing in T.V worked. I thought it was maniac 24/7and I didn’t realise the work fluctuated so much. Either way I look forward to what the next few days bring.
Right, so, this is my first blog. I’ve never done this, so hopefully, they’ll improve :) I recently found my two week placement was at North One Television! I’m not sure whether I’m nervous or excited, at the moment it’s a mixture of both. After making “contact” and it being a week away, it feels very real, very close and a little scary. I’d like to say thanks to Jim and David as well, for the amazing opportunity. I’ll probably report back this time next week, after my first day at work placement!!! :O
Day Seven consisted of research, and a lot of it! I researched into many gadgets for the show whilst learning more about pre-production. I think that’s the biggest thing I’ve learnt. Not how to do things but How the Industry does those things!
Day Seven was research into everything from robotic lawnmowers to prams that fold into bikes. And I’m really enjoying myself, and I feel part of the team.
Day eight consisted of research again but then I was off to Heathrow. I was sent across London to pick up some parcels like a ‘proper’ runner and then sent back. It was good fun and I’m really enjoying myself and really looking forward to the last day…