Au Revoir BB House!

So I’ve come to the end of my placement at Big Brother and I’m now home, working on packing for Uni tomorrow!

I’ve had a great time and been privledged to work in a range of roles that make up the Big Brother production team. On my last day I worked with the spin off team who organise Big Brothers Bit on the Side where I was given the tasks of creating spreadsheets with local universities and colleges contact information and details. I was also sent out to the local high street to hand out flyers encouraging audience members to come be part of the spin off show. This is part of the same team I worked with on my first day, so it was nice to see familiar faces and work with their team again.

As an overview of my time at Elstree Studios, I have learnt a lot about the TV industry and have gained a lot of knowledge and hands-on experience, working with people who have a lot of fun but are still very professional.

I’d like to thank the Tuskar Trust for giving me this opportunity, especially Jim, David and Dermot who have provided me with support and organised this placement. For now, I’m off to Portsmouth tomorrow to start University, wish me luck, and hopefully you’ll hear more from me soon.

Thanks so much again, Michelle

Day 3: Team Task!

Today I worked with the task team for the BB house. These are the funny people who think of the task themes and ideas, buy props, set up and clear down every task. We spent a lot of time in the houses’ garden cleaning and setting up today’s task (which I’m not allowed to reveal) but it smelled foul and was a toughie to clean! Other than setting up and clearing down in the BB house, I helped the team think of ideas for a task coming up next week – I’d watch if I was you, it’s going to be a funny one!

It was a tad daunting working with a team that is so confidential and relies on it’s secrecy for their idea to work, but it’s such a creative job and the possibilities are endless and crazy with them, so they really encourage you to let your imagination run free.

Tomorrow I’m working with the BB spin off show Big Brothers Bit on the Side, but it’s also my last day! I’ll be sad to leave Elstree Studios as it’s given me such a great and diversified experience of working on TV and I’ve learnt a lot about that side of the media industry. I’ll write more tomorrow!


Running Around the BB House

Before I forget, I realised I should post a link to my published articles on the BB Facebook page, so here it is:   Click Here My first article is called ‘Day 4 Rebeckah Gets Upset’ and my second and longest article is called ‘Day 4 The Reign of Pamela’.

Today I was assigned to work on the reality team where I shadowed a runner for the morning and observed in the Gallery room in the afternoon. As I’ve never been to a working film studio before this internship, the size of the entire studio and range of different production teams came as a bit of a shock today when we were sorting the post and delivering breakfast / lunches to all of the Executives and Seniors.  Being a runner for the most part of the day enabled me to get a better understanding of which production teams work closely with others and how the studio is set out. For example, the ‘story writers’, gallery and editors are close to each other as the writers discuss what shots they need for the main news in the BB house, which the gallery then capture and pass onto the editing suites! Everyone really works as a team (I’m not just being a cliche here…) and there is a lot of good communication between the different units.

The gallery was the most interesting part of my day as you get to see all of the individual cameras at once, and can focus on each housemates separate mic to tune in on group conversations. There’s also a room inside the gallery where the ‘voice’ of BB is broadcast into the house and diary room – it was weird to listen in, when you can see the housemates on screen and the BB speaker in the audio box live!

I was also given a tour inside the BB house! This was super surreal as the two way mirrors make it look like the housemates are looking directly at you (when really they’re just checking themselves out on their side). Myself and another runner were also given the task of cleaning a few mirrors inside of the bedroom while the door was locked from the inside, so now I can officially say that I have been inside the BB 2011 house!

All in all it was a good day and I got to see a lot of the different departments and ask crew members questions about how they worked and what they do on a daily basis. Tomorrow I’ll be working on the Task Team – these are the people who sort out all of the props in the house and develop each days task. I was told today this is the ‘fun’ team on the BB crew, so let’s see what day 3 has in store for me! I’m having a great time  :)


P.s: I’ve attached a picture of my ID pass, it makes me feel all official and professional so I thought I’d share it with you!

“Day 1 in the Big Brother House” – Well, the Studio…

So I’ve come to the end of my 13 1/2 hour shift at Elstree Studios, and what whirlwind of a day it’s been.

After finishing my last blog from today, I kept a watchful eye on the BBuklive Twitter account, reporting the the head of team digital on what the viewers were saying – what they liked / disliked about the show. I then took my place in the live audience for Big Brother’s Bit on the Side where Pamela Anderson was the main interviewee! There was a lot of clapping and cheering to be done, while Emma Willis does the fantastic job of hosting the show. It was a tad bizarre to watch all of the camera and lighting men/women in action, they are all so organised and professional and put together a good show.

Tomorrow I’m working with the reality team – I’ll let you know how it goes!


Half a Day at BB

Wow. That pretty much sums up my first day.

I’m just over half way through my shift and I’ve already done a handful of cv-worthy tasks, working with the Big Brother digital team. I’ve written two articles for BB’s official Facebook site and posted two live Tweets on their Twitter account. As a girl who is about to start her first year at Portsmouth University doing a journalism degree, having my first articles published on the BB website has surpassed my expectations and put a huge smile on my face 

Working on the digital team is fast paced and fun, having to constantly listen to the live video/audio feed from the house, making videos and photos albums and writing articles along with the current housemate events. I’ve been in the photo and video ‘grabbing’ suites today, creating my own news pieces and keeping up the interest on the Twitter / Facebook accounts.

Tonight I will be working on BB’s live show Big Brother’s Bit on the Side as a member of the audience! Blonde bombshell Pamela Anderson will be the highlight of the show answering questions about living in the house and while I’ll be learning more about live tv broadcasting.

I’ve also been given a full tour of Elstree Studios today, getting the chance to see the prop, editing, gallery and many other rooms. Tomorrow I’ll be working with the Reality Team, who manage the time scheduling and camera shots in the BB house; so there’s a whole new side of reality tv production to experience tomorrow!

See if you can spot me in the audience by tuning in tonight at 11pm on Chanel 5! I’ll be blogging more tonight.


The Journey to Big Brother

It’s taken me almost  4 hours  of traveling, but I’ve made it to Elstree! In preparation for University, I have braved the London underground armed only with a print out of the stations I need to get to –  but it’s been a success 

Everywhere on the Elstree high street, there is information about Elstree studios history and its famous faces. Makes me excited to start working there tomorrow morning! I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing during my placement, but I’m up for anything.

All settled into my hotel room now, getting a good nights sleep for my 10:30am start. I’ll blog more tomorrow!

- Michelle