Learning the Ropes of Filming & Being Put in the Deep End

Written for London360 in January 2016:

On the 26th January 2016, the London360 Series 10 team and I went to the Toy Fair 2016 Exhibition at the Kensington Olympia. We had our very first practice shoot after some training and were literally thrown into the deep end. The shoot was about the charity called KidsOut who had a Trolley Dash. This was where volunteers went around the Fair collecting as much toys within a half an hour with their Trolleys.

According to the charity the toys are then boxed up and sent to Women’s Aid Refuges where children have escaped from domestic violence. Their mothers and themselves normally only come with the clothes on their backs and the charity helps them by giving toys to bring stability and fun into their lives.

I think all of us including myself were very nervous at first to set up and film the Exhibition and the Trolley Dash. But thankfully we managed to film and interview the CEO of the charity, volunteers and a victim of domestic violence. I also had a chance to listen to their stories whilst filming and it was very moving.

There were of course mistakes made and we did forget to do an establishing shot of the venue exterior. However, it was a huge learning curve for us because there were so many things we had to make sure that will make a good piece of television. For example, I had to make sure that the camera was properly fixed onto the tripod and the settings were correct to film and record audio.

We were also very lucky to have our Executive Producer and Editor on hand to help out when needed. Normally they don’t come with us reporters on our very first shoot; we really appreciated their support and guidance. I especially had a lot more confidence to use the camera on my own and managed to get some decent footage. Not bad for someone who is used to filming on a Digital SLR Camera and Smartphone.

Finally, I feel that with a bit more practice and confidence we can all go out and create really good features for the series. Learning on the job is a very important part of developing into a well-rounded multimedia journalist and we are all on that journey together.

(Picture taken by: Savan Gandecha)


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