Cameraman based in Edinburgh, employed by ITN, working for ITV's Good Morning Britain covering stories all over the UK and the world. War Zones, World Cups, Royal Tours and many other less exciting assignments, like interviewing current and ex Prime Ministers have kept me busy over the years working in Breakfast Television since GMTV came on the scene back in '93 and regional TV before that. In 2009 I began to record what it is like to work, the often strange and long hours needed to bring the hard news, human interest and fluffy fun to the UK's TV screens in the morning, mostly broadcasting live.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Day One for Deanne and Mr Motivator

Monday 15th June

It was a nervous morning for us all as we got ready to do our first live broadcasts from the ship.

Probably one of the most nervous was Deanne because this was going to be her first proper live bit of co-presenting.

Mr M gives Deanne the Benefit of his Experience.

Ready for Action.
We were all dashing around getting the technical things sorted out and making sure that we had tried to cover any eventuality.

Simon Gets the Sound Kit.

The crew on the ship was really helpful making our job a lot easier. Sudden requests for lengths of mains cable, things to be moved, big screens to be activated and lots of furniture to be moved were all dealt with calmly and quickly.

It is always a little frantic coming up to transmission getting as much as possible correct.
Nigel and the Screen.

This is not easy for either the Director or the Cameramen because the Director does not know the layout of the location or really what is going to happen. The first he sees of it is when we go on air.

The difficult bit for the Cameramen, in this case me and Simon, who is normally in the hot seat in London, is that we have no cue lights to tell us when our shot is being used.

Added to that is it is often difficult to hear talkback because the quality is so variable and for a lot of the time there is loud music playing.

Anyway once again we managed to overcome the built in difficulties and things went off without any glaring technical problems.

David and Simon Talk........... to GMTV in London

Deanne, although nervous also got through it unscathed with no slip-ups or losing her train of thought.

She was given lots of reassurance by Michelle the Senior Producer and when we could the guys on the crew.

Michelle checks the Moves.
The Girls Take the Chance to Relax.

But the Work Still Goes on Behind.

Another Little Break Before Going on Air.

As soon as we had finished the live broadcasts and started to breathe easy again we had to get the kit organized to get ashore to do a bit of filming on the beautiful island of Mykonos.

The local tourist people had laid on a big bus to take the ten of us to a restaurant where we could grab a bit of lunch and film an item about the healthy Greek diet.

At the restaurant they had pulled out all the stops for us and we were given some very nice food to eat and use as example of the way food is cooked on the island.

One of the dishes that was a little intimidating was sea urchin on toast. We gave it a go and thought it quite edible, at least in small portions.

It was at the end of the meal when we discovered why we had been given such VIP treatment.
The bill.

If it were to appear on any MPs expenses they would not only be forced to leave office post haste but they might have to do some sort of mortgage flip to cover the costs.

Reeling from the enormity of the financial transaction that had taken place we went over to the idyllic little beach for a spot of exercise.

Jessica the Producer Briefs Mr M and Deanne Before the arrival of "The Bill".
I filmed Mr. Motivator and Deanne doing a workout with the girls that will be used on the GMTV website.

On the Beach.
Things had taken a little bit longer that we would have liked. It was getting tight for the return journey to the ship. They don‘t wait for you if you’re late.

We boarded out large tour bus and Demitri the driver started to drive away along the narrow coastal road back to the port.

We did not get far. Someone building a house had decided today was the day to get the tons and tons of concrete pumped in.

The truck with its long extending tube for dispensing the lumpy grey stuff was taking up most of the road.

There was enough room for cars to pass fairly easily in single file, but a big bus?

We were about to find out.

After a brief discussion and little or no negotiation between Demitri and the guy from the truck there was no way he was moving it until the work was done.

It was pretty unclear as to how long that was going to be. The international sign for who knows took little translation as the concrete pumper shrugged his shoulders.

He was perfectly willing to assist in directing the bus through the gap.

Easing it gently forward Demitri got us past the truck’s outrigger without that grouching sound of metal being ripped open.

He deserved the spontaneous round of applause he received from a handful of grateful passengers.

We just had time for a quick stop to allow me to get some general views of the lovely white town of the island and the pretty little windmills that are dotted around.

I also got a great long distance shot of the ship in the post dwarfing another quite large cruise ship.

We got back to the ship in time for the material to be edited and get some food.

Any One for Fish? Or A Bit of a Squeeze?

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