HBTI 2014 Podcasts

Games Time Training

After months of training, selection and the all important uniform collection, over 200 students were sent out to meet their professional mentors at competition venues across Glasgow. Below are some of the highlights from the students who took time from their busy days to share their experiences.

Student Aiden Black at Glasgow Hockey Centre

Aidan Black is a first year student at Glasgow Clyde College sitting an HND in Creative Industries and Television. He was placed as a camera assistant at the Glasgow Hockey Centre and loved it.

“I’m been here – I’ve done it – I’ve worked in a broadcast environment and it’s great for my future.” – Aidan Black, Glasgow Clyde College. HBTI Camera Assistant, Glasgow Hockey Centre.

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Hot from interviewing the First Minister, Cat MacLellan was placed as a runner at the hockey centre for the Games and quickly found it was not as straight forward as she originally thought. Cat had to think on her feet, react to new situations and grasp opportunities as they appeared.

“I’m really happy being a runner..it gives me the chance to see what I really want to do.” – Catriona MacLellan, Glasgow Clyde College. HBTI Runner at Glasgow Hockey Centre.

Michael Temlett

Michael Temlett worked with Creative Loop to ensure that he got the most of out his HBTI experience. Placed in the mixed zone – where athletes mix with the media immediately after competition – the Sports Journalism student was able to mix with his peers whilst learning new things every hour.

“It’s great to be a part of…you get to see people doing the job you want to do, the way they conduct themselves..little tricks…you learn as much from that as anything.” – Michael Temlett, University West of Scotland. HBTI BIOS Assistant at Hampden Park.

Student David Mercer speaks to Creative Loop in his lunch break at Hampden Stadium

David Mercer was placed at Hampden for the Athletics during the Commonwealth Games. He was a BIO Assistant for the venue, meaning that he was the grease that kept the broadcast machine going..

“Words can’t describe how cool this is; seeing behind the scenes, how it all works..it’s great.” – David Mercer, Stirling University. HBTI BIO Assistant at Hampden Park.

Andrew James Dodds

Andrew Dodds was a Sound Assistant at Hampden Park, and found that his dynamic placement made him realise the full potential that his further education qualification will give him.

“Whilst I’m here I’m learning every aspect of sound production for an event like this.” – Andrew Dodds, Fife College. HBTI Sound Assistant at Hampden Park.

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Sophie Hogg was a Logger during the Games, following the table tennis matches more closely than she thought possible, and now finds herself in a readily employable position for future event coverage.

“Three years ago when I started university I said that this is one of the things I wanted to work on..it’s very surreal to be here now.”– Sophie Hogg, University West of Scotland. HBTI Logger at International Broadcast Centre.

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Due to the dynamic nature of a live broadcast environment, things change quickly and the HBTI students needed to be able to adapt quickly. In this interview JJ Cook explains how he had to step up to the plate instantly.

“I’ve operated cameras before, but not in a high pressure environment like that – the director was in my ear, it all happened.” – JJ Cook, University West of Scotland. HBTI Runner, Weightlifting.

Onsite Training

SVGTV and Creative Loop agreed very early on in the process that practical training was going to be key if the students were to be expected to hit the ground running.

Several immersive training days were programmed throughout the year, from national events such as the Queen’s Baton Relay event at Meadowbank Stadium to international stunts like the Commonwealth Big Dance.

Below is a selection of some of the experiences the students shared during and after their training.

Saturday the 14th of June was a milestone in the journey towards the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The unique Queen’s Baton crossed the border into Scotland for the first time to start it’s forty day tour of the nation before landing in the cultural capital and launching the opening ceremony.

HBTI students were there to capture the event and talk to the guest of honour, First Minister Alex Salmond.

“We’ve now got people training on the most up to date technology, where before we didn’t, and that’s another part of our Legacy” – First Minister Alex Salmond.

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During the Commonwealth Games many of the HBTI would become Camera Assistants and so this first hand experience was vital to them understanding all of the technical terms, the practical issues surrounding lens choice and blocking, cabling and Health and Safety for a major event.

“Having an actual Director from live sports come in and teach us..it’s been a brilliant experience.” – Scott Townsend, Glasgow Clyde College. HBTI Camera Assistant, Opening Ceremony.

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It’s not always plain sailing on location – in fact the benefit of putting students through their paces in a live environment is that when something goes wrong it matters. How did our students cope..

“I feel that today has been a great learning experience, it’s meant that I’m more prepared for any problems that come up in the future.” – Sean Corbett, Glasgow Clyde College. HBTI Camera Assistant, Opening Ceremony, Wrestling, Closing Ceremony.

 

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Not only were there students in the stands with cameras – there were also two roving camera teams feeding live pictures to the Legacy truck. This true simulation of what the Camera Assistants will be doing at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is a milestone in the development of the students’ careers.

“Even a couple of hours of experience at an event like this is immensely vital to someone like myself.” – Oscar Holland, Edinburgh College. HBTI Camera Assistant, Diving Centre.

Filming at Meadowbank

Specialised Training

As part of the Host Broadcaster Training Initiative (HBTI), NEP Visions Ltd – one of the facilities suppliers for Glasgow 2014 host broadcasters SVGTV – brought its Atlantic Outside Broadcast truck onto campus to give students and staff training in the latest HD recording and output equipment.

They were given tours of the truck and hands-on training in the use of its vision, sound, cameras and operations facilities in order to bring their previous training to life.

Click here for the full report, or enjoy the highlights below.

Student Sophie Whiteford at GCU

We followed several students as they took part in the day of intensive training; Sophie Whiteford is an audio engineering student at Glasgow Caledonian University, keen to get to the nitty gritty of the task ahead of her.

“It’s pretty amazing to comprehend…I didn’t think I’d get this much responsibility at the Commonwealth Games.” – Sophie Whiteford, Glasgow Caledonian University. HBTI Commentary Switcher, IBC.

Gabriel Zumpe learning EVS nuances

Gabriel Zumpe is one of the HBTI stars and as part of his television course at Napier in Edinburgh, he gained work experience as an EVS operator on the most advanced broadcast truck in the world at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“I’ve had ten weeks of training in EVS…today is a great step in seeing how it all works in a professional environment.” – Gabriel Zumpe, Napier University. HBTI Logger / EVS Operator, IBC.

HBTI Launch

As part of the Host Broadcaster Training Initiative (HBTI), NEP Visions Ltd – one of the facilities suppliers for Glasgow 2014 host broadcasters SVGTV – brought its Atlantic Outside Broadcast truck onto campus to give students and staff training in the latest HD recording and output equipment.

They were given tours of the truck and hands-on training in the use of its vision, sound, cameras and operations facilities in order to bring their previous training to life.

Click here for the full report, or enjoy the highlights below.

Grant Ritchie, Director of Creative Loop, was also keen to underline that the outcomes of the HBTI do not simply serve the Commonwealth Games, but are transferable to almost any television coverage of a live event: from music to sport; politics to news, these transferable skills are coming at a time when Scotland needs them most.

From working with Scotland’s media industry for the last seven years within Creative Loop, Grant sees these skills as essential to the development of Scotland’s broadcasting sector.

“If we can get students working alongside SVGTV at the Commonwealth Games we have a real chance to fill the skills gap in outside broadcasting that exists in Scotland.” – Grant Ritchie, Director, Creative Loop.

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The Host Broadcaster for the Games, SVGTV, will be working closely with Creative Loop to deliver world class training on the campuses and sports grounds of Scotland over the next eight months.

Students will be side by side with industry professionals not only gaining valuable practical experience but contributing towards their degree and moving forward to a hands on position at the heart of the action in 2014.

Head of Business Affairs and Training Initiatives at SVGTV Martin Anderson was at the launch at the national stadium to explain further.

“The Scottish Qualification Authority has worked closely with us such that the Games themselves will be incorporated into getting that qualification.” – Martin Anderson, Head of Business Affairs and Training Initiatives at SVGTV

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Monday 11th November 2013 saw the launch of the Glasgow 2014 Host Broadcaster Training Initiative (HBTI) at Hampden Park by Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP.

During the biggest global sporting event of the year, 600 Scottish media students will take part in training led by television production professionals to fill over 200 work experience positions working on the coverage of the Commonwealth Games.

“I want to see a strong and vibrant film and television industry and the Host Broadcaster Training Initiative is one way of doing that.” – Fiona Hyslop, Secretary for Culture and External Affairs.

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