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.

To celebrate and mark the occasion Edinburgh hosted the ‘Tryathon’ – a “come and have a go” session for children to have a taste of the different sporting disciplines that will make up the 2014 Games. With 3000 children, international media and the Queen’s Baton itself doing laps of the Meadowbank Stadium, the Host Broadcaster Training Initiative students were there for their first live autonomous shoot.

 

“This will give them vital experience before they get to work alongside other professionals.” – Guy Tassle, Director.

 

Audio: The First Minister Interviewed by HBTI Student Catriona MacLellan

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“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.

The HBTI Legacy truck was installed inside the stadium with six cameras placed around the ground; all set up and operated by the students from Glasgow Clyde College. Under the direction of Guy Tassle, the event was run as a full dress rehearsal for the Commonwealth Games with a three hour live shoot. There were problems with technology, the event’s plans changed without notice and the First Minister Alex Salmond dropped by for a tour of the facilities, and each of the students and crew took it all in their stride.

 

Video: The Queen’s Baton Relay at Meadowbank

The HBTI students weren’t just training – the whole day was captured on tape and the entire event was treated like a professional live shoot. As the First Minister said, the best way to learn is by actually doing the job. Above is just a taste of what happened in Edinburgh.

 

Audio: Camera Assistants Take a Step Up

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

The students were onsite from 9am for the event which started at midday. During the Commonwealth Games many of them will be 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.

 

Audio: The Training Kicks In

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“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, Student, Glasgow Clyde College.

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..

 

Audio: On the Track

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

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.