Joe got stuck in with the runners for BBC One series, Ambulance

Joe got stuck in with the runners for BBC One series, Ambulance
Thank you to Dragonfly TV for being a Grierson DocLab supporter.

Working at Dragonfly on the Ambulance production was the most incredible introduction to TV. Each day I accompanied a different runner and assisted them with a huge range of tasks, from getting coffee and food for producer director's and the film crews to dropping off clean SD card packs in exchange for their raw footage. Each day I got to see how the runners do their jobs and picked up different techniques from each of them. They each gave me incredibly useful advice about entering the TV industry and were also the first, hopefully long-lasting relationships I have created in the TV industry. All five of them are incredible.

And to name a few of the amazing tasks I got to assist with; I got to log the helicopter footage of the Ambulances rushing around Liverpool to attend different jobs. I got to scout for locations for press shoots and locations for PD's to stay whilst they are shooting. I got the opportunity to sit in with the executive producers in a story view as they watched footage with the editors and discussed what makes the cut. I also had the opportunity to accompany the PD's in the call centres where the 999 calls come through as the film crews took the footage. And unexpectedly, that same PD also took the time to talk me through how an FX9 works and then let me use it!

Also, the production team at Dragonfly that worked on Ambulance were a huge part of what made this experience so great and have taught me how much more enjoyable it makes your job to have an organised and caring production team. They constantly checked in on the runners, made sure we knew exactly what we were doing at all times and ensured we were always supported. All in all, I thought I wanted to get into TV and then this experience has 100% solidified that… every day was exciting. I'm not going to say that every individual task was exciting, but the sense of purpose I felt when I was assisting a task and knowing it was contributing to this incredible TV show was unreal. It has left me well and truly inspired and thank you to everyone that made my entrance to this industry so incredible.

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Published: 7 April 2021

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