What has been the most exciting project of the last twelve months?
Some days I walk into work for a shift at Sky News and it’ll be an important day for coverage, so I have to rise to the challenge. Recently this has included Remembrance Day, the Hillsborough verdict, Grenfell Tower and I was also on shift the night of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack. I can't say that any of these projects have been ‘exciting’, due to the subject matter, but I did have to prove myself as a vision mixer, being able to switch between different incoming clips of breaking news and watching out for live press conferences coming up etc., and that’s fulfilling.
What skills are essential to your job?
Concentrating for long periods, quick reaction speeds, taking initiative, technical know-how for building effects and understanding the logic of vision-mixing and being able to have a good rapport with the director.
Are you currently working on any side projects?
It's hard to initiate anything without a vision-mixing desk, but I have done some side work for Google for their internal conferences and events, and in the past, also worked on light entertainment, for events such as Radio 1's Big Weekend Festival.
What tools do you use most for your work?
I use a Grass Valley Kayenne vision mixing desk for most of my work, but also use Sony and SAM desks too.