Work Experience with Channel 4
After winning the Overall Festival Prize at the Brighton Youth Film Festival 2013 for my short Documentary film ‘Struggle with Life and Race against Time’, I was given the opportunity to have a one-week work experience with Channel 4 based in London this April.
The placement was definitely useful and provided me with a range of knowledge of the 4Creative department and how everything is run in the making. I met a range of different people and had the chance to network with several professionals. I really enjoyed my time there and have definitely gained worthy experience. Below is a few of the things I had the chance to undertake throughout my week:
- I completed creative briefs for 4 Seven, by looking at the various plot lines and forming potential twitter hashtags for their social marketing.
- I shadowed an Editor in the edit suits who was editing the ‘tweasers’ sequence for 4Seven. This consisted of tweets by the public which were shown in and out of the breaks.
- I also shadowed a voice over recording session for 4 On Demand.
- I had the chance to meet and shadow editors who were editing promos for Channel 4 and Film4. For example, programmes such as: Derek (the new season), Film4 promos such as; ‘Movies at 9′ and ‘Upcoming classics’ etc.
- I worked alongside a freelance Producer and focused more on the logistical side of a Producer. I assisted in putting together a flight itinerary for members of the crew. This was for a production for a sponsor in Dubai.
- I shadowed and worked as a runner in The Production House. My tasks were varied, from delivering/sorting/collecting tapes which needed to be broadcasted and registered these tapes from delivery using a system called Marple.
- Later on in the afternoon, I visited the C4 Graphics department, where I had the opportunity to look through their portfolio and material. I saw various promo’s for several TV programmes, such as; My Mad Fat Diary, Derren Brown, Top Boy, New Girl, 90210, Glee etc.
- On the last day, I had the opportunity to speak to one of the 4 Creative Directors whom spent some time with me talking through his journey. This was very beneficial, as I got to watch his past work, which included a short film and several amazing commercials, a fine example of his is the recent Grand National promo which was shot in Belfast. He went though the production stages and provided advice on shoots and getting into the industry. Likewise, he talked through his process of a project and how it generally takes place at C4, how the crews were put together, external work etc. He suggested that I should keep on making and being original, to not be afraid to push my ideas.
- Lastly, I had the opportunity to get some first hand practice on editing using AVID, by putting together a 20 second Promo for the C4 Programme called ‘Dirty Weekenders’. I really enjoyed editing and definitely learnt a lot of the shortcuts on AVID. With the 20/30 second promo, I independently cut the clips and v/o to make an appealing promo. The Director was very pleased with my outcome and after he showed his version, it was apparent that I had picked very similar clips. He mentioned how my promo was very good, especially for a beginner.
Overall, I had a great time at C4, where I had the chance to network with a range of professionals whom have exchanged details and will be in contact in forthcoming projects. I gained a huge insight with the ‘behind-the-scenes’ of Channel 4 and departments I was completely unaware of. I enjoyed working alongside the whole team as much as they enjoyed having me. I would like to thank Brighton Youth Film Festival for rewarding me this wonderful opportunity.
The department coordinator and my mentor, Natalie Gibson-Dixon wrote “We had the pleasure of hosting one of your students Meera Darji for work experience for the week of 31st March, 2014. She had the opportunity to work with various arms of our department (Production, Creative Design & Marketing) and I have had very positive feedback from my colleagues about her. I hope she in turn had a similarly positive experience and look forward to seeing her grow as a creative force in the industry.”
BYFF 2013 Winning Films
Here, at last, are the 8 winning films of last years competition! Click on the link below to go to the Brighton Youth Film Festival Vimeo channel.
We will soon be uploading the interviews we recorded with the wonderful industry professionals, who were kind enough to share their knowledge and passion. Watch this space…
Brighton’s Big Screen
Brighton’s Big Screen will be screening the BYFF 2013 winning films all through August! This couldn’t be more exciting.
So, if you’re one of our winners, please let us know if you manage to make it down to watch your film - maybe take a photograph of you with the screen.
We don’t just want the winners watching these films - anyone who entered BYFF 2013 film competition, took part in workshops, volunteered at the festival or had a friend who did, go down and watch the films!
Here are the times, make a note and do go down. The screen is right by the main pier and completely free- what a great way to spend your afternoon:
Thursday 8th August – 12:30 (followed by the film Shark Tale)
Tuesday 13th August – 14:30 (straight after Finding Nemo)
Saturday 17th August – 11:30 (followed by Raiders of the Lost Ark)
Sunday 25th August – 11:30 (followed by more excellent shorts and Formula 1)
If you haven’t already heard of Brighton’s Big Screen then head to their website - they’re showing 4-5 films a day, for free, for children and adults. They also have talks by local publisher Myriad, short film screenings and Ashes coverage.
Corel Software review of BYFF’s Award Ceremony
One of our prize donators, Corel, have a smashing chap called Ben who came to the BYFF Award Ceremony on Saturday 29th and has since written a review of the event for us. It’s a brilliant read and will serve as a reminder of how exciting the night was. We hope you all like it.
'On Saturday 29 June, the sun finally came out in the UK for Corel to attend the first ever Brighton Youth Film Festival.
On arrival at the venue, the Brighton Museum, I could already feel the buzz of young people about. The building was decorated with bright blue balloons and festival banners ready to host a room filled with aspiring film makers’.
Read the rest of Ben’s review of the Award Ceremony here.
Thank you Ben!
Corel’s website: http://www.corel.com/corel/
BHASVIC (Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College) were fantastic enough to film BYFF’s Saturday Silverbox Multimedia workshop at Brighton Museum and also the Award Ceremony! Gather around and watch their film from the weekend - it’s a great insight into the festival. You might even be in it!
Thank you BHASVIC but we wanted to say a special thank you to Alison Cousens, whose dedicated students Elisabeth Shanahan, Ethan English and Kate Leighton all made and edited the film. We love it.