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Imagine is the BBC's flagship arts documentary series, presented and edited by Alan Yentob (Creative Director, BBC.) During my time on Imagine I have worked with award winning directors across six one-hour programmes: Monty Python: And Now for Something Rather Similar; The One and Only Mike Leigh; Anselm Kiefer: Remembering the Future; Frank Gehry: The Architect says “Why Can’t ?”; Richard Flangan: Life After Death and currently in production, an hour long programme on the architect David Chipperfield: ? Responsible for organising shoots abroad. This included finding foreign crews, and sorting travel and accommodation and specialist equipment (jib, hexicam/drone filming.) ? Researched the programme from pre to post-production: made research calls to academics and specialists, wrote comprehensive research notes and interview questions for the Director and Presenter, transcribed interview footage for the edit. ? Coordinated filming schedule, managed budget, maintained running costs and advised director on spending, co-ordinated ingest of footage into external edit facilities. ? Maintained the presenter’s schedule. ? Wrote the press billing and selected appropriate clips for the BBC Imagine web page. ? Liaised with agents, publicists, film companies and galleries in order to secure access and permission to relevant and exciting material. ? Responsible for sourcing and clearing vast amount of archive and music, fact checking, and completing post-production paperwork.
During my two years with the BBC I have also worked on non-broadcast events outside of the programmes I have been assigned to. I assisted on two projects: Artists and Archive and Art Screen. Artists and Archive saw six artists, who work with the moving image, create work using BBC Archive. It was my job to work directly with the artists, training them in archive research and rights clearance. The finished work was displayed at Tate Modern in London and the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow. I also worked on a four day Arts documentary film festival called Art Screen. This was produced in partnership with the British Film Institute, Creative Scotland and other external partners. I helped curate the Archive Screening programme, which comprised an extensive and challenging selection of handpicked BBC Arts documentaries from the archive.
During my time on The Culture Show I worked across three programmes: Steve McQueen: Are you sitting uncomfortably? (60 mins); Wars of the Heart (30 mins); and Northern Soul - Keeping the Faith (30 mins). ? For the Northern Soul programme I interviewed a vast number of Northern Soul fans in order to identify and cast suitable contributors, locations and storylines. This was done both over the phone and in person, ensuring the interviewees felt as comfortable and at ease as possible ? Wrote comprehensive research documents for the Presenter and Director, developed programme ideas, made research calls, sourced locations and contributors, and organised recces. ? Provided assistance to the Director and liaised with high-profile talent, agents, publicists, film companies and galleries in order to secure access to relevant and exciting material. ? Responsible for sourcing and clearing archive and music, fact checking, and completing post-production paperwork. This often involved approaching contributors to gain access to their personal collections.
?Developed ideas for BBC arts strand programmes through independent research, brainstorming sessions, and drafting programme proposals. ? Responsible for developing programme content and ideas for the RTS lecture, The Culture Show and a 3-part panel- show series, which was subsequently commissioned. ? Organised the forward planner - a document which details upcoming events in the film, theatre, art and book world, and is distributed throughout the department.
After a month-long work experience placement on The Culture Show’s Edinburgh festival coverage in 2011, I worked as the runner for the following year’s programme. My main responsibility was to be on hand for Sue Perkins, the Presenter of the programme, but other tasks included: ? Negotiation with PRs, Publicists and Management, booking high profile talent and international artists, talent scouting, negotiating filming permissions with venues, standing up features against pressing deadlines, presenter briefing and talent management. ? Recommended pieces of theatre, comedy, dance and music, and generated programme ideas based on these suggestions.