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Tuesday 22 May 2018

Earlier this month, 16 students got some real world work experience at charity music festival Teddy Rocks, in Blandford Forum, as part of a collaboration between Solent Productions and Forum Films to cover the event.

The students worked in an array of different roles, including outcast broadcast (OB) tasks such as camera operation and directing, and a news crew and editors who covered topics from across the festival. Rigging the festival in a professional environment gave them the opportunity to see the workflow and process of OB at a real world event.

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Anna Gallagher, who studies BA (Hons) Television and Video Production, was OB camera operator at the event. She says: “I thoroughly enjoyed and valued my time working at Teddy Rocks 2018. I made many contacts and friends, gained a lot of OB camera operating experience and more of an understanding of how OB works.

“Teddy Rocks has given me the confidence to pursue more camera operator roles in the future, so I’m interested in working at many more festivals over the summer.”

Teddy Rocks was founded in 2011 in order to raise money for Teddy20, a children’s cancer charity set up by Tom Newton and his family, in honour of his younger brother Teddy, who sadly passed away due to a very rare bone cancer. The festival sees up to 3,000 visitors a year, and, since it was established, has raised more than £250,000.

Teddy Rocks is just one of the many festivals Solent Productions covers each year, and is a great opportunity for students looking to move into outside broadcast after they graduate. If you’re a student at Solent and are interested in joining the Solent Productions crew, take a look at their website and/or Facebook page.