Children In Need 2016

If you know me or have read my previous posts you will know this time last year I volunteered to help out with BBC Children In Need in Keswick, well I did it again this year in Prudhoe! It was a very long and eventful day but I had a great time.

It was an early start, leaving the house at 7:30am to get to a first school in Prudhoe before 9. At 10 o’clock we were set for 4hours to try and beat a world record for the most faces painted in 4 hours, and my job was to take photos of every child before and after they had had their face painted, which was a lot more stressful than I expected it to be, if I didn’t get both a before and after shot with their given number they wouldn’t count towards the record, and we all wanted to beat it for Children In Need. Amazingly, we were only half way through the time when we hit the previous record but with more schools to come and more faces to paint we kept going for the full 4 hours and managed to smash the record with nearly 1000 faces painted! Of course we didn’t know for sure if we had beaten the record because everything had to looked at by the official World record people, and with every face paint needing to be different and documented it was almost certain some of them wouldn’t be excepted but we were miles past the previous record we had a lot of confidence we had done it.

At about 3 O’clock we headed to the castle ready for our briefing for the evening at 4. I was given my role of camera assistant, which was the same as what I did last year but I was assigned to a different camera operator. After all the safety briefings and a nice cup of soup there was a bit of time to spare before we started doing run throughs for the live opts (which for anyone who doesn’t know is when we go live into the main programme on BBC1), so I stocked up on food and got wrapped up ready for the cold night ahead.  By working for a different camera op this year I had the chance to ask questions about their career path and the sort of jobs they do, It was so amazing just to hear the type of work I could one day get into.

The first opt was for Look North and the 3 after that were for the Children In Need programme. We did a run though of every opt at least 20 minutes before we were going live so everyone knew what we were doing, what jobs they had to do, how the shots were going to play out and the presenters knew what they were doing too. As a camera assistant I has a help the camera op get the shots he needed which is some cases mean guiding him through the shots. Durning on shot he had to walk backwards up a hill on cobbled ground so I had to hold onto him and lead him to make sure he was safe while during the broadcast. Another job I was given was to look after the equipment when he needed a rest or had to talk to another member of the crew or production team, which basically meant I was in charge of holding a big, very expensive and heavy camera. It was a lot of pressure not to break anything but it gave me an idea of what it would be like to work in live tv having to operate a camera like that.

I was lucky again this year in that I managed to get myself a talk back, which myself and the guy who was a lighting assistant took turns in using. Its a great way to understand whats happening and get and idea of a live production because you can hear everyone else who has one, all the presenters, production team, director, producer etc and it makes the whole experience that little bit more exciting, especially when you can hear them counting down until we go live!

A few hours later and its all over, we are all freezing and very tired from the long day but it didn’t stop there, we had lots of equipment to help pack up, so if I wasn’t tired before I certainly was after. I had an amazing day working with the BBC and getting to talk to industry professionals, it just makes me want to work in the industry even more!

Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get many photos of the day and it was pretty dark so the photos I did get aren’t great quality, but heres a few anyway 🙂 If you enjoyed this post please comment and share 🙂

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Summer Streets Festival: Part 2

If you’ve read any of my recent posts you might have came across something I wrote a few months back about some work experience I had with Cultural Springs on the Summer Streets festival in Sunderland. At the time the video hadn’t been finished or published but now, the film maker I was working for, Robin, has posted the final edit on his youtube. I personally think it looks really good and sells the whole weekend. I’ll leave the link below if you want to check it out and as always feel free to share or leave me a comment 🙂

Summer Streets Festival

Hey everyone,

At the beginning of July I saw an advert from Cultural springs asking for an assistant filmmaker for there upcoming family festival in Sunderland, I though it was an amazing opportunity as well as great fun, so I sent my CV with a cover letter to my uni and the company. A few weeks passed and Id heard nothing so just assumed I hadn’t got the job. Until I received an email early on in the week of the weekend it was scheduled for, congratulating me on getting the job. So after quickly ringing work and asking for the weekend off, I replied to the email asking for further details on the event.

Myself and another girl which had been chosen were assisting the filmmaker Robin, on a short film of the even, as well as stills for their flicker and website, and a few voxpop type interviews from members of the public about their thoughts of the event and if they think there should be more like it around sunderland.

On arrival at the place, we were taken to what would be the equivalent of back stage, well technically it was a tent behind the main stage, but it was for all the volunteers and workers as well as the actual acts, either way it made me feel really important and professional. There was cute little pack lunches for all the volunteers as well as tea, coffee and snacks for everyone to enjoy. After finding out what they wanted us to to and getting all our equipment sorted we heading up to a local primary school which is where the streets parade was starting and travelling around the town befogging hearing to the main park. I was using a handheld DJI Cosmo which was the coolest piece of filming equipment Ive ever seen! It’s basically a small circular camera on a stick that around depending on what you tell it do do and where to look. The images that were being recorded showed up on your phone so I could walk along recording the parade from a birds eye view while still being able to see what I’m filming and walk forward. I got some great shots and it was loads of fun.

After we were back at the main park to film the rest of the day I was given a small camera to focus on taking mainly stills of all the acts and crowd shots. I also helped out Robin recording voxpops, while he filmed, I recorded the sound. It was quite scary approaching random members of the public and asking them if they would participate but it helped me build confidence as I’ll need to be able to do these things if I ever become a photographer etc.

The second day, we had a bit more free reign as to what we could do since Robin was a bit late turning up so me and the other girl filmed and photographed a few of the acts together and then we all kept together and did a bit of everything for the rest of the day. There was a great group of children from a young age to maybe 20’s that were dancing, which were really good, as well as a few singers. My favourite act of the weekend would definitely be the New York Brass Band, they were a brass band that played modern songs and were generally very jazzy.

Cultural springs had asked us to cover certain acts more than others and for the images to be festival like e.g. tilted, which I wasn’t a fan of as it doesn’t come naturally to me to take pictures of a weird angle, but some of them actually look pretty good. Unfortunately I don’t have any of tho footage from the weekend and I can’t seem to find the finished video on their website, but if your interested in the event keep checking the cultural springs website and hopefully  it will appear soon. However I do have some stills so heres a collection of photos from over the weekend.

 

Linzi and Stuarts Wedding Photos!

Hey everyone,

It’s been quite a while since my last post, but I’ve been quite a busy bee. I’ve been an assistant filmmaker at a summer streets festival, I went to London for the week and of course I photographer a wedding (other posts coming soon).

Photographing this wedding was a huge deal for me and I was so grateful for the opportunity, I love photography and weddings and to be the official photographer for someones wedding was just amazing! Since I wanted to do a good job, especially since it was my first time, I went out and bough a new lens especially, it was a Sony E-mount 55-210mm, which for those of you how don’t understand camera talk basically means, could could zoom in really far, which was idea for getting close up and personal shots without actually being that close to the couple.

At the start of the day I met the Groom and his family to take some family photos down by the river just along the road from where the ceremony was taking place. We were so lucky that it was a beautiful day, making the photos just that bit more special. Since he has that much family, and I have so many photos I’d like to share with you, I’m going to show them to you a bit at a time.

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I then headed to the city Hall to get pictures of the bridesmaids, any other guests and of course the bride arriving with her family.

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Then it was time for the ceremony and I was so nervous, I’m quite a shy person so to be the one standing up and walking round taking pictures whilst everyone was watching the ceremony was really nerve racking for me, but I was determined to get some good shots, especially since I had my new lens. The couple had specifically asked me to take black and white photos as well as colour, which will explain why a lot of the next photos are in black and white. I personally think black and white wedding photos look beautiful so I was more that pleased with this request.

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The venue had a beautiful stair case, so after the ceremony had finished and everyone had stopped crying, I got some photos of the two of them on the stairs as well as a photo of everyone! It took a lot of patience to say the least, but we got there in the end.

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After the emotionally ceremony, where I was getting a bit chocked up myself, we headed to the reception to get the newly weds photo with their wedding car and some pictures of the venue and cake before the guests arrived.

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Once everyone had helped themselves to the buffet it was time for the speeches, and shortly after the cutting of the cake, and of course not forgetting the first dance.

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The rest of the evening was simply taking pictures of the guests having a good time, dancing and even singing. Unfortunately since I have a mirror-less camera I don’t have a flash  which meant when the disco started it was making it very difficult to take clear images in the low light setting, but I tried my best, and now know that hopefully when there’s a next time, to make sure I buy a flash!

It’s fair to say it was an amazing opportunity and I loved every second of it! It’s made me more confident in myself and as a photographer especially after the couple giving me great feedback for my work. I hope that I can continue to do more events like these and keep improving my confidence and my work because I just simple love it!

P.S If you like my photography and want to see more, I’ve started a photography Instagram so please go check it out and give me a follow – hannahredheadphotography, I will hopefully try and link it to my website soon, and as always feel free to share and tell a friend about my work 🙂

Children In Need 2015

On Friday 13th November last year I volunteered for BBC’s Children in Need in Keswick. Lucky for me my friends mum is one of the producers for Children in Need (Jane) which is how I got this amazing opportunity. Although children In need was the Friday, since my friends mum was being Jane’s assistant for the duration of CIN me and my friend got called into the office on the Thursday bright and early to help with any last minute things that needed doing. On arrival at BBC Newcastle we where given a tour so we knew where everything was before going to meet Jane to find out how we could help.

Our first job was to print and laminate the number cards that Pudsey would be using during the count down of the lights being turned on. After that I was given a few numbers to ring to check everything was ready for the next day, which was pretty scary but very fun ringing on the behalf of the BBC. There was a few other jobs I did, creating prompt cards for the presenters, sorting through boxes to make sure we had everything, making cups of tea for people and painting some “gold coins” which involved us running back and forth through the news room. Nearer the end of the day when we had little to do we managed to find the “Diddy Dick and Dom” puppets from the CBBC show “Dick and Dom in the Bungalow” and naturally we had to try them on, it was so funny we couldn’t get over it, here’s a few pictures we took of us dressed up:

(I apologise for the quality of the photos)

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After meeting some very important people and being treated to a take away we eventually headed home. It was a very tiring and long day but it was so much fun and such a great experience.

On the Friday it was yet again another early start but I was so excited I didn’t mind. Once we got to BBC Newcastle it was a case of gathering up all the boxes we sorted the day before and loading them onto the coach. My friend was making an appearance as “Anna” from Frozen so she had to meat “Elsa” to get her on the coach as well as finding all the other volunteers and then we were ready to head to keswick.

After arriving we had to unload everything and then head straight to Greggs and some other local supper market which I cant remember the name, and collected loads of food for all the crew and volunteers that they had donated. After an introduction to what was happening over the next few hours and a few safety briefings we where all assigned a crew member to help and shadow. Since the area I want to go into is camera I asked for a camera role, which is exactly what I got 🙂 After running around to find the camera man I was helping I was shown how to put all the bateries for te cameras on charge and when i know they were charged etc. I was given a radio headset so I could hear everything that was going on which I was very excited by especially since I was one of the only volunteers who got one. I met a few other volunteers who where also helping cameras so we all stuck together so no one got lost or left out.

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We were given a schedule of when everything was going live and when the rehearsals for each section was going to be.  When it was time for a run through I follow my camera man to his positions exactly as we would for the live thing only with less pressure. Before each live broadcast it was my job to run back to to where all the equipment was and grab a fresh and fully charged battery and put the old one back on charge and then we got to watch the live broadcast in person! It was so much fun especially since I had the headphones, I knew exactly what was happening and heard the count down to going live everytime.

It was such an amazing experience, I got to talk to an expert cameraman and ask his all about his area of work and how he got into it, I got to meet some of the BBC presenters as well as a few producers and other important people from the BBC. Fingers crossed I get to do it all again next year!

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