At 5 am Katy Fawcett, Paul and his SIS satellite truck pulled into a chilly car park of Bishop Auckland College.
Geoff the Janitor let us into the warm brightly lit performing art area with its small stage right opposite the entrance doors.
I got the kit, camera, tripod and lights in and Charles the sound recordist started to line up the camera with his sound mixer.
Paul was getting the cable in through the small window in a storeroom.
There was no great stress because our first bit of shooting would not happen until after 7 am with the first live broadcasts not until 7:45 am.
We were there to do a down the line interview with Mike Jinks the director of a course which now incorporates an element of preparing for a reality show audition.
The pressing thing for us was to find some means of getting a wee shot of caffeine to get us going. Without a fast approaching broadcasting deadline and because this was not a particularly complex job the usual adrenaline that kicks in to wake us up was not flowing.
Geoff found us a vending machine in the Hair and Beauty area that dispensed pretty good coffee. That did the job, although Charles was happy with just water for the mint tea he had brought with him.
When a few selected students arrived at around 7 am I got some shots of them doing a few snippets of performances that might be give at an X Factor audition, a bit of singing and dancing. These particular students were doing another course which does not have the audition element in it but, what they did was illustrative of what we have all seen on these X Factor type programmes.
London recorded them to be played out a bit later in conjunction with a couple of live shots of the students warming up as teases before Mike's interview.
|Tutor Sue does come warm up exercises for the live shots..|
|..Charles gets the mic in|
|Sue and her students|
|Mike's interview set up with the students on the stage behind|
After a little film had been shown about what these reality programmes are all about it was time for Mike's little interview with Aled and Lorraine.
When his bit was done the chat continued on the sofa with Arlene being very vocal in her opposition to the very idea of any course like the one Bishop Aukland College was doing.
Mike was listening to the discussion on the programme sound in his ear. I was also listening to that and the talkback from the gallery. I could hear that they might come back to us to defend what he had heard.
They did and Mike gave a good account of himself.