Archive | August 2011

Credit where it’s Not Due

I’ve been trying to work out how it’s decided who’s House Director name goes on the end credits for Celebrity Big Brother. At first I thought it was the two names of the people working the middle shift, ie, 9-5. During the day there are 4 or 5 House Directors throughout the 24 hour period. But on one evening my name appeared in the credits, even though I did none of the coverage for that show!

Alex Scott Big Brother House Director

It could be a mistake. Maybe the credit is assigned depending on how much coverage is used by individuals. But that seems like a lot of logistical work to do just for a credit. Especially when there are over a hundred names in the credit sequence.

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UPDATE: Turns out the credits were always scheduled depending on the two Directors who worked the 0900-1700 and 1600-0000 shifts. If shifts were swapped, the credits didn’t change.

Working. On your Day Off.

I discovered a colleague of mine at another company was coming to Elstree Studios for a job interview, so I organised (through the proper channels) a visit to the Big Brother village where I was working. Even though this was a day off. I’m nice like that. We started at the ‘live’ area where the Big Brother ‘eye’ set is with the opening iris the Presenter walks through.

Big Brother eye

I then took him through the Reality Gallery where all the camera feeds are, and then one of my bosses said my colleague was allowed in the ‘camera runs’. The ‘runs’ are the corridors that border the outside of the Big Brother house, where all the mirrors are. There are Operators in there who need to wheel big studio cameras from one window to another (as directed by the House Directors from inside the gallery, i.e., me). We stood and watched one of the Jedwards brushing his teeth in the bathroom, Lucian Laviscount applying his moisturiser in the bathroom cubby-hole area and Darryn Lyons sunbathing in the garden.

Big Brother Eye

We also got to see the Large Task Room being transformed into a multi-seat cinema for an event that was happening that evening; the screening of the Fright Night movie (with members of the public who won a competition). We also spotted another room decorated with red wallpaper… at that time I didn’t know what that room was or what it was for. Turned out it was known as the ‘red room’ and was a separate bedroom for Pamela Anderson.

As my friend and I had both been Vision Mixers for a long time, we took a peek inside the Roll To Record cabins, where the Live shows are directed and broadcast from. We took a peek at the Grass Valley Kalypso Vision Mixing desk that controls all the cameras and graphics.

All very exciting, from a geeks point of view.

Celebrity Big Brother 2011: Eviction Number 1

Jedward were dressed as babies for several hours that day. The production crew could be heard bellowing with laughter from several cabins away around the Production Village. Jedward were told off by Big Brother for not acting their age, and as such should become babies till they had grown up. It didn’t help. In fact, it freaked all the housemates out, especially Tara Reid and Paddy Doherty. Jedward were dressed in nappies and had giant dummies as well as fillable milk bottles. If anything, Jedward seemed to love becoming the JedBabies.

Celebrity Big Brother

After Sally Bercows’ eviction on Fridays live show, the housemates had to nominate again. They were paranoid all day. The announcement of who was up for the chop next was playing on their mind, even as they went to bed. Big Brother announced it was time for a microphone battery change. Just the announcement of “This is Big Brother” made them all jump.

Here’s a gallery picture from just before the 1st ever Channel 5 Celebrity Big Brother eviction was announced. Notice presenter Brian Dowlings autocue prompt, his next line stating “THAT IS IT. The phone lines are now CLOSED”…

Celebrity Big Brother eviction