The main part of my work experience at Focus learning all about audio and video production was to record a series of interviews with attendees at the Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Briefing on ‘Using Video for Business’ at the Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth. This was the event where Focus talked to people about the value of video to their businesses and showcased a number of video technologies to them on demo stands.
The day before the event I had been trained on how to use the audio recording equipment by the Focus team. We had also discussed the questions that should be asked and how to manage the whole process.
Focus explained that as we would be asking for volunteers to undertake ‘vox-pop’ (unplanned and unscripted) interviews, it would be important that we explained to the people what we would ask so they could quickly think about what they wanted to say rather than risk them being lost for words.
This was the first time I had ever done anything like this. We discussed and agreed how the questions would be structured. This way the audience listening to the interviews would get a full understanding of the event and the reasons people had attended. I therefore asked the interviewees to tell us about their organisation, why they came to Chamber events and what they had learnt about video on the day.
My first interview was with Paul Lovesy, who is the local sales manager for AdSmart. They provide an approach to TV advertising that allows businesses of all shapes and sizes to consider using it as part of their communication plans. You can listen to the interview below.
My second interview was with Kristy Davies-Sumpter, the managing director at Zest Consultancy. This is a unique national public health and social care training consultancy and service provider who helps organisations create and support sustainable change and healthier choices. The interview is below.
The next interviewee was Henry Ascoli. He is the communications manager of The Directory Group. They create, publish and distribute 9 separate publications which contain advertisements from a multitude of different companies. See below for the interview.
The final interview was with Mark Kennedy who is a chiropractor with 20 years of experience helping people to improve their health and through chiropractic care. His business, Winchester Spine Centre help people with back pain, neck pain, sports injuries and much more. Listen below to the interview.
What was my experience of the whole process? After speaking to each person, it has given me confidence in interviewing adults and people I haven’t met before. It has also helped me realise just what has to be done to project manage the recording, editing, reviewing and publishing of content online.
From a career learning standpoint it now means I have better understanding of all the steps involved in producing programs for publishing. That in itself is valuable addition to my work portfolio that I will need to show to prospective employers in the future.
I not only learnt a lot about the technical side of production but also production management. The need to contact the interviewees to ensure I had their correct business web addresses and their personal or company LinkedIn details. Updating interviewees on the progress and ensuring they had access to the edited recording for final checking and quality control.
This all gave me a much better appreciation of all the tasks necessary to successfully produce and publish digital content to time and budget. This is not something that can be taught in the classroom. It can only come from through work experience placements in the industry I want a career in.
It’s also helped me to understand much better how an organisation like Focus helps its clients to create professional promotional audio and video online and how businesses can use the content to their benefit. It also gave me an insight into the role the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce in helping their members by organising and promoting such an event.
Note: This is a guest post written by David Jones, a student at Itchen Sixth Form College in Southampton, Hampshire.
To read David’s first blog post, click here.
David wrote “I am studying film studies A2 and media studies A2. I primarily enjoy media studies because of the input I have with the practical work that I choose like creating a magazine, but I also love editing my own movies in film studies and using Adobe Premier Pro to create movies. Work experience is an important way for me to understand what I want to do in the future.”