The globally renowned Edinburgh International TV Festival kicked off on the 24th of August to much fanfare and anticipation. Shane Smith held the prestigious MacTaggart lecture and roused the audience with his provocative and opinionated speech. Whilst the main Festival was occurring, talented trainees were documenting the event and learning new skills with the Festival’s talent schemes.
Procam, once again, joined the Festival in supporting the next generation of television production talent. We sponsored the Festival’s second talent scheme, The Network, which was set up to find, nurture and champion new entrants to the television industry by giving them a primetime opportunity to kick-start their career.
Over the four-day festival, 50 delegates were given the chance to attend workshops, learn practical programme-making skills, as well as attend big-name masterclasses and glamorous parties.
As suppliers of broadcast kit and crew, Procam supplied Canon XF305 cameras, Sennheiser boom mics and clapper boards to The Network’s workshops groups, which helped the delegates produce content for the Holby City Drama, Sky News and Research Skill (A Question of Sport) workshops, as well as the final showcase, The Network Live, which is run like a live TV show. Procam technicians and camera operators were on hand to provide technical assistance and equipment explanations to The Network delegates on the workshops.
This year’s cohort was extremely interested in working in TV and welcomed the gruelling schedule that was presented to them over the four days. Having hands-on experience filming in a real-world environment is invaluable for the delegates to have on their CVs, and their acquired skills can be applied in future jobs they may attain through The Network at Work, a job placement scheme which aims to help alumni find long-term and permanent industry roles.
Sam was very helpful and integrated well into the workshop as part of the crew, while providing technical support with the equipment. He was very friendly and approachable, and was very proactive with helping us set up some of the more tricky shots.
Leiah, Holby City Drama Workshop
Jamie was incredibly helpful and insightful. If at times I wasn't sure of something, he would explain in great detail to ensure I understood. The team would also come and help out if they felt we were struggling with anything, making the experience run smoothly.
Seran, Sky News Workshop
During our workshops, I was very keen to get some hands on practical work using the camera. I worked a lot with Liam who is a talented operator and who helped me with ideas of things to shoot, as well as different camera angles to help the shoot look more impressive. He also had a very calm approach to teaching, which was a massive help, as some of our filming was done under extreme time pressure.
Lyall, Research Skill Workshop (A Question of Sport)