Team member profile

Gerald

Will miss in China

My wife and children. I've never been away from home for this long before. Is it wrong to miss my electric guitar too?

Must have item(s) to take to China

A laptop so that we can send back updates for the production diary, my Nintendo DS and an MP3 player. 

Previous work travel?

I've been pretty lucky.  I've filmed Eco towns in Sweden, a car factory in Germany, I've been to Norway and the best trip I've had was filming in the middle of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil!

Haggis or Springroll?

A vegetarian Spring Roll would be very much appreciated thank you!

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Gerald Strother

Producer / Director

Job Description

It's up to me to work out what we should be covering within our project.  Once I know what we are doing then I have to work out how we are going to do it.  That means putting together a team to work on the project, making sure we don't spend more money than we have in our budget, ensuring we are safe when we are filming and making sure that everyone is clear about what they are doing.

Key Kit

Probably a translation book or something geeky like a little flat screen monitor for viewing what the cameraman is filming.

Work Biography

I have been working in the Learning department for nearly 9 years and have made loads of TV programmes and websites for young people.  I've been lucky enough to travel to some great places and see some things (and people) that I doubt I ever would have been able to if I didn't have this job. I've even been able to make some cartoons which was a definite career highlight!

Before working at the BBC I did some work for Channel 4 on a programme about comedians and worked as a runner at a small independent company for two years, making tea and painting the studio.

Work Alongside

The great thing about my job is that I get to work alongside everyone, from the director right through to the web designer.

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Gerald

Look after your crew

If they feel valued then they will go that extra bit further to help you out when things go wrong. Chocolate biscuits go a long way!

Gerald

Interview techniques

Try and make interviews as natural as possible (a challenge with 4 people standing around you). Know the main things you want to ask before so that you can just chat. Try not to read questions from paper as this makes the situation very formal. If the process feels like a conversation then the interview will look a lot more natural on camera!

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