Presented a snow-related news broadcast for StagTV this evening. A perfect example of how you can put a video together from inception to release in less than 3 hours. It’s only my fourth time presenting too, and yet I already feel much more comfortable in front of the camera than a year ago.
All the snow footage was filmed using the professional Sony EX3 camera, which I have on loan for a few months to help with my PhD research. It’s a very good camera to use, but maybe snow wasn’t the best subject for a training exercise as white balance is all over the place… I’ll get there!
Since the University of Surrey’s Student Television Station re-brand over the summer from MADTV to StagTV, I have been involved in various projects.
Firstly, we had a major project to inform new students about everything they would need to know about the university, Guildford, societies and moving in. It was a big effort, with planning starting way back in March with me as the Producer, but as production began I got less involved due to my work commitments (and month away in California!) Nevertheless, I was still able to get my hands dirty by editing a video about chilling on campus and another about the Surrey Sports Park. It’s always weird editing work that someone else has filmed, but since these videos were well laid out with plenty of extra library footage to fill them with, I managed to get something I was happy with. I also featured as a student giving tips to freshers in this video… still makes me cringe.
Once the year had begun and new blood had joined the team, I was made producer of a new series we’re calling Get Involved (GI). The basic premise is to have a presenter try out a sport or society that is active on campus and get an insight into what people can expect if they decide to get involved themselves. As a pilot I presented and edited a GI about the Mountaineering Club, since I used to be a member a couple years ago. You can watch the result above. Since then there have been two further Get Involved episodes, one of which I also directed and edited about the Music and Drama society. There are four more GI’s in the pipeline for release early next year, and I’m aiming to make the videos more presenter-led and less video-to-music focused. If you have any comments about any of these videos then I’d love to hear them.
I’ve also just finished work on a short sketch/advert that is very different to the factual documentary/news style shows I’m used to producing… so watch out for that in the coming weeks.
2.8 Hours Later is a city-wide zombie chase game designed by Slingshot, a company that make games designed to be played in large urban environments. A few weeks ago the game came to London, and with our wits about us five friends and I went along… The video you are about to see shows you how three of these men survived, and how three became the un-dead.
The University of Surrey television station, which I have been an active member of since it’s inception in 2009, re-branded over the summer to become StagTV, named after the university mascot. I had the honour of presenting the last ever news roundup under the old branding, MADTV.