Archive for March, 2010

It was always going to be an incredible nautical feat. In order for Celebrity Cruises’ latest ship, Celebrity Eclipse, to leave its home of eight months – a shipyard in Papenburg (the middle of nowhere in north Germany) – it had to navigate through a tiny gate BACKWARDS, and then along a wiggly windy narrow river before it finally reached the sea.

We were tasked with filming the spectacle and ensuring great coverage of her departure. It was going to be a fun adventure for sure. The question was; how do you film such a thing in the middle of nowhere, potentially in the dark?

You see, when a cruise ship has to leave, it has to leave – TV crew or no TV crew. With a storm brewing, the window of opportunity was small and the risk to the ship was big. The risk of missing out on filming was even bigger, if the captain decided to leave in the dead of night without us knowing.

After a call from our client saying we had to leave the next day, we made it to Papenburg and started filming. I’ve never seen a ship big enough to carry nearly 3,000 guests, let alone been allowed to nose around on board. After donning our hard hats, we started the shoot, with everyone frantically trying to get all the fixtures and fittings finished in time for the conveyance the next day.

TNR production team filming the Celebrity Eclipse in Papenburg

TNR production team filming the Celebrity Eclipse in Papenburg

In the end, Celebrity Eclipse sailed off without a hitch. My crew breathed a sigh of relief when she left in broad daylight. The helicopter crew made it into the air to get some stunning aerials. And despite there being just a few metres spare on each side of the lock, she squeezed through the tiny hole. And most importantly we had some fantastic pick-up on TV and Online.

A-Roll produced by the TNR production team for TV & Online

Celebrity Eclipse is now heading for Southampton (via Hamburg) ….. no more small holes, but definitely more filming challenges for TNR ahead. Ship Ahoy!

Post by Tessa Parry-Wingfield (Producer for TNR Communications)

The BBC has announced some of its national radio stations, online outputs and digital TV channels may be for the chop. BBC 6 Music and its Asian network are to be taken off the airwaves by the end of next year and BBC online may also be slashed in half by 2013.

Director General Mark Thompson told his staff that quality, not quantity, is the aim of the game – all part of a major strategy review that’s been billed the biggest shake-up in the organisation’s 88-year history.

It’s depressing news for staff at the beeb. The Union says up to 600 jobs are in jeopardy. Many journalists now have to sit and wait to see if their days at Television Centre are numbered.

But what about this talk of “making “fewer things better?” Well, if it goes to plan £600 million will be plunged into higher calibre programme-making. BBC local radio has been told to improve “its quality and originality,” with more investment in local journalism. Nationally, BBC 1 and 2 will be given more cash to grow. While on the web, the BBC will have to provide more links to the pages of rival publishers.

The landscape of the corporation is changing dramatically, and so will the way it works with those outside the walls at White City.

As a TV and Radio Producer, I know first hand that the BBC can be a hard nut to crack when it comes to getting stories on air or online. I consider the quality of much of the beeb’s output to be high already. If more quality is what it’s after, PR professionals will have to follow suit and work even harder to deliver just that.

On the other hand, now may be the time for outlets like ITV and Channel 4 and various other news websites to shine. If that’s the case, more doors may open, and with it, the potential for more PR opportunities in the future.

TimesTimes | Big, bloated and cunning
GuardianAlastair Harper | Guardian | Why everyone wants to #saveBBC6music
Pop justicePopjustice | Why a sad day for 6Music could also be a sad day for Radio 1
GuardianJohnny Dee | Guardian | BBC 6 Music: axing the station would be massive mistake
First PostJonathan Harwood | First Post | Axe ‘commercial’ Radio 1, not 6Music, fans tell BBC
No Rock & Roll FunSimon Hayes Budgen | No Rock And Roll Fun | 6 Music back on Death Row

Post by Tessa Parry-Wingfield (Producer for TNR Communications)


Hamburger Eyes

I stumbled across this fantastic short video by Australian film-maker Nick Fogarty of the photographers collective behind the San Francisco photo magazine ‘Hamburger Eyes’

Hamburger Eyes

Click on the image to watch the Hamburger Eyes short film

Hamburger Eyes started off as a Xeroxed handout by brothers David & Ray Potes in 2001. It’s now a much slicker, stylish operation but it still provides a very off the wall look at what an urban photo journal can be. There’s obvious nods to the classic social documentary work of people like Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Larry Clark, but with a fresh twist, a West coast hipster cool, and more importantly a lot of fun.

“I’m not even a photographer, I’m a painting contractor who has a camera and takes pictures” says member Stefan Simikich.

I think he underestimates himself. What he and his friends create for themselves and document for others is fantastic and Fogerty has captured that perfectly.

Go to the Nick Fogarty website to view his entire portfolio of work from around the world.

Post by Tim Kerr (Director and Head of Photography for TNR Communications)