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How to become a news camera operator

(Image courtesy of Dai Baker)

Channel 4 News cameraman Dai Baker has travelled around the world, including a ten-year stint at the broadcaster’s Washington bureau.  

He’s now based in Wales where, alongside a reporter and producer, he films and edits news packages from Wales and the West Country - although he’s always on standby to go further afield, covering the inauguration of Donald Trump in the USA and the political protests in Barcelona (see video below). 

Peaky Blinders and Riviera Cinematographers stress the importance of lighting

Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders (Credit: BBC)

Lighting is key to camera work, says cinematographer Laurie Rose. It’s essential to establishing a look or mood for a scene. “The important thing is to tell a story and create mood using light,” he explains. 

Between them Laurie and cinematographer Matt Gray have credits on shows as varied as Peaky BlindersBroadchurch and Riviera

Cracking Telly: Screenwriter Ryan Brown shares his story

"I probably have more of a writer's soul than an actor's soul" - Ryan Brown

Although still early in his career himself, Brown has been making waves, having won the Bafta New Writing Prize of Drama in 2016, and been runner up in an Idris Elba-fronted writing competition, 'Write to Greenlight'.

Competitions are now key to breaking into the industry as a young writer, he believes. While in the past it was possible to get your break with a killer script and the right opportunity, now young writers need an ‘in’. Competitions, he believes, are the key.

How to Survive as a TV Freelancer

Join us on Wednesday 24th May for some top tips...

Speakers include:

Barny Revill, Series Director (Life at the Extreme with Davina McCall, Secret Life of Dogs)

Angela Oakhill, Head of Production, RDF West

Glenn Rainton, Editor (The Great British Bake Off)

Other speakers to be announced...

Hosted by Lynn Barlow, Chair, RTS Bristol and Director of Creative Industries, UWE​

 

RTS Members free

£5.50 for non RTS members

Drinks and networking in the BBC bar after the session

Tea Break Tips: Building a career in comedy with Lolly Adefope

She has been making waves on the comedy circuit taking her exaggerated characterisation and relatable comedic humour to the Soho Theatre in her show Lolly 2.

The comedian, who specialises in character comedy, has made a number of appearances as a comedy actor in shows including RoversPlebs and Sicknote

Her latest TV project sees her alongside fellow comedians Greg Davies and Alex Horne on Dave's comedy panel show Taskmaster.

Tips in 60 seconds...How to pitch an entertainment idea

David Williams is the Creative Director of Entertainment North at the BBC.  Based at Media City, Salford, he is responsible for developing entertainment shows across all BBC channels. While doing this, he also works on Dragon's Den and has been responsible for Junior Doctors: Your Life In Their Hands.  Here he gives us his unique insight into pitching your own idea to people like him.