I’ve been involved in three gigs from the Live From series, in which my roles have varied from camera operator, to vision mixer to production assistant. The Live From event exists as both a live audience gig and as a delayed broadcast, and is one of the events that I am most proud of my involvement in.
Working as a camera operator gave me the opportunity to get hands on experience in filming for live broadcast. I was introduced to taking shot direction over comms, and using a tally system, and in doing so feel like I was given a solid grounding in broadcast camera operation.
When working as a vision mixer I was able to work on my ability to take direction and perform under pressure, both of which are skills that I have been able to see develop across the three gigs.
My role in the most recent Live From event was working as the Production Assistant. This gave me the opportunity to see the organisation and detail that goes into an event of this size. This year was also the first time that I was properly affected by the broadcast delay. We began with a 30 minute delay with the aim of catching up and having the final act be shown live. This was particularly problematic for me as I was responsible for the broadcast timings, and so as the gig progressed I had to get the live show and the broadcast to synchronise. This was a new challenge for me and I really valued the experience.