Something About Rugby?

Yesterday I was working at the beautiful millennium stadium, I didn’t know much about what I was filming apart it was a similar job as I did at the arts and business awards (Zoomer and focuser).

I arrived at the stadium, after the security check and signing in process I went up to the Presidents lounge, which was a good looking room and they managed to sneak in a full blown bar into the room (I am guessing it was the first requirement).

I was setting up my camera into to it’s position and then linking all the cables together so that the HUB can get a live stream form my camera, then I noticed the employees at the stadium were placing jars full of sweets onto the tables, I clocked the jars contained wine gums…I love wine gums! so this provided as huge distraction as I was planning how to get some without anyone noticing!

Once I had my free bacon roll (they didn’t offer me egg… they hated me!) we ran final checks on the equipment, after about ten minutes people started to arrive and sit at the tables.

Only when the first speaker was talking that I knew for sure it was something to do with rugby.

The whole thing was a staff conference for the WRU (Wales Rugby Union), so after the introduction of what was to come the first speaker came on to talk all about how welsh rugby was doing or something along the lines of that, the other was HR which I think everybody found boring and not just me. one thing I found funny from one power point one was called top threats, it listed the threats of WRU, the top one was Football which I don’t blame them it’s a much better sport! (sorry rugby fans but go support your club)

Lucky for me a coffee break came along after a long power point so this gave me a chance to sit down, I had a chance to look over the schedule for the rest of the day, one name stood out at me, I asked a fellow colleague “why does the name Warren Gatland sound familiar” he looked at me confused and said “he is the welsh coach” this didn’t help picture but I understood who he was (while this conversion happened, it turns out he was getting his mic attached not far away form me)

We got back under way, there was a lot more presentations on the new pitch at the stadium, one was also was for the update on premiership rugby (I didn’t even know they had Premiership).

The main event started with Warren Gatland, which was a Q and A session with him, for this I had to mix between mid shots, close ups and then a two shot of warren and the interviewer, to any huge rugby fan this q and a might of been awesome because he was discussing like a lot of rugby things but for me it was over my head and his words fell on deaf ears.

Warren’s interview was the last thing so after that we packed up and left what I think was a successful job, only thing I left thinking was why couldn’t it be football!

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Bidding For Success!

Yesterday I was out filming for the promo video for the FAW (Football Association Of Wales), the purpose of this promo is try and convince the voters for Euro 2020 to let Cardiff be a host city in the competition.

For me this was a fun experience as I was officially a runner on the shoot but I was being taught as the day went by, I was also the focus guy/stand in so they could frame the shot correctly (this is obviously very important) , I was in a group of four (one including me) first it was Dai who was the production manager, he should me some basic of what he does and explained a lot, then it was Ynyr the Director/producer, I was watching him like a hawk to see how he was handling situations and how he wanted the shoot to go then last was the highly experienced cameraman Andy who was great, he put me in charge of lenses and holding them and not dropping the expensive equipment (lucky I didn’t) I learnt a lot off Andy for the hours we where filming for.

First location was Cardiff market, there we filmed a normal fruit and veg stall owner, we had him to make the Gareth Bale heart sign (This is a theme of the promo since he is the face of Welsh football, also he is in it to doing the sign at the end of the video and he gave us permission to use his copyrighted celebration) this was fantastic filming in the market seeing all different types of stalls and lovely smells.

The next location was a pub (Not for a pint, come on we are professionals) called the Old Arcade towards the centre of Cardiff, the lovely barmaid Rachel gave us free drinks (Tea and Coffee) then modelled the heart sign for us once again lucky for us she was studying theatre so she wasn’t really camera shy. There is also a shot with me in it (Well a tiny bit of my arm) I was used for creative effect, that’s what every boy wants to hear aye.

After lunch we continued to Cardiff Castle (which we had free entry) to film a fellow Orchard crew member Ella, the castle has packed with kids running round and hitting each other with swords (not real ones!) here we had the heart framing a welsh flag blowing in the breeze and a lovely shot of Ella in the middle of the castle grounds.

We moved onto Jacob’s Antique market here we filmed on the roof, after the climb of the never ending stairs (didn’t help that I was carrying a huge tripod and a case) we got to the top and we had a shot of a busy train station/bus station with the Millennium stadium sitting nicely in the background.

I cant wait to see this edited all together with some music, I think it can be very good and hopefully be successful to bring the Euro’s to Cardiff