Media Production students welcome Bertha, the outside broadcasting van, to Wilberforce

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If any of our creative media students ever wanted some TV industry experience then the 14th of January was the day. Two experts from the University of Bradford’s TV production department who’ve worked on regional and national programmes arrived in their state of the art outside broadcasting van to show us how it’s done.

Students on our BTEC Level3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production were invited to write a mini soap opera script that they’d then act in, shoot and edit live. This involved them taking it in turns to act and use the cameras and sound equipment on set, then give directions and edit using the suite inside the van – using over £1.5M of equipment.

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Candice Rehman, who’s on her first year of the diploma, remarked

“It’s just great to use these industry-standard cameras and get a feel for how it would be to work on something like EastEnders”.

Our teaching staff, Gareth and Ian, who had organised the event told us

“This hands-on experience working with real professionals in the TV industry is exactly the sort of enrichment event we like to offer on this course. The students get to explore new horizons of creativity. It’s not only a taste of what it would be like to study this subject at university level, but it teaches them the discipline involved with this kind of work in the real world of TV production. It’s also a great opportunity for them to represent the college.”

Chris Hazell, TV production lecturer at the University of Bradford, was delighted to be able to share his experience and expertise. Having worked at the BBC on iconic programmes such as Top of the Pops and then seven years on EastEnders, he still works in the industry. He commented

“This enrichment event gives your students the experience of multi-camera production which is difficult to achieve in Further Education due to the prohibitive cost. This is how things work in the real world of TV production. It’s also great to see them have this freedom to be expressive without the worry of being assessed.”

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The students had a superb day and we somehow managed to squeeze them all into the van at one stage. Learning how to plan, works as a team and take direction whilst producing a final piece of film will give them something to talk about should they apply to go to university and, of course, a day to remember.