Throughout 2008

In 2008 the majority of my work was on BBC's Eastenders filmed at BBC Elstree.
This year saw me working on some of the key story lines of the year. A few bitterly cold frosty nights spent shooting the story line where Max Branning, played by Jake Wood, was buried alive started the year. Shot in secret at night in a forest in Hertfordshire, conditions were particularly difficult. Rain effects were used at the start of the shoot and they turned the out of shot areas where the cameras were positioned into a quagmire. Keeping kit operational and clean was a trial, as was simply staying upright in such slippery conditions.

Channel 4 racing
Throughout 2008

The first days work of 2008, on new years day, was with Highflyer productions for Channel 4 at Cheltenham racecourse.
Always a great team to work for, I went on to work with them many times during the year at all the major courses in the south of England, Newbury, Sandown Park, Kempton Park, Lingfield Park, Newmarket and Goodwood.

6 Nations Rugby
February 2008

The RBS Six Nations trophy is one of rugby union's highlights of the year. Other commitments meant I was only able to work on one match this year, but England versus Italy at Stadio Flaminio in Rome is a great job to work on. The weather in Rome in February always seem to be great, clear blue skies with winter sunshine that only turns chilly when the sun finally drops behind the stadium.
Rugby crowds are particularly good spirited and fun to work amongst. The whole of Rome seems to enjoy the party atmosphere, even though Italy haven't managed a home win yet in the competition.

The Proms

Again this summer saw me working on the BBC's Prom concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. It's always a pleasure to work on this concert series and 2008 was no exception. Some great concerts and, as usual, some demanding camerawork to deliver.
Each concert has tailored coverage for the music, so cameras move to different positions around the hall for each concert. Some nights we might be working with long lenses from the back of the auditorium, some night right amongst the Prommers on the hall floor and often right on stage amongst the orchestra.

Match of the Day

Working at Reading football club for Match of the Day would prove to be a landmark in my career. It was the last time I was to work on an outside broadcast with a BBC outside broadcast unit. Just three weeks later the BBC's outside broadcast fleet was was sold to Satellite Information Systems and became SIS Live.

Other recent work
Throughout 2008

Whilst it's nice to be able to display some pictures of the programmes I've worked on, it's not always possible. So here a few other programmes I've worked on already this year.

  • Athletics, SIS for BBC.
  • Table tennis for Channel 4 sport.
  • Corporate events for Zest4TV.
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