Ready For Launch

Hello Big Brother fans… Google analytics informs me you read this, so here is an informal hello. *WAVES!*

It’s almost time, nearly there…

On Monday a fellow Director and I spent more than five hours running around the Big Brother house with cameras and a bunch of equipment to film lots and lots of cut-away shots for the show. I tried to go microscopic. Some of the shots are ultra-close-ups of various objects. I’m hoping people will look at a shot and say “What is that? Where is that in the House?”. Some were just wide shots. And a few shots of a *chair*?

I don’t know what they’ll use in the show, it’s down to the Producers and Editors. But there’s plenty of things to chuck into the edits. Look out for lightbulb filaments, kitchen utensils, shiny things. Oh, and my favourite.. DRIPPING TAPS!

Anyone in the House had to either wear silly blue plastic bags over their shoes, or take their shoes off. I opted to take my shoes off. Everything was fine till there was a torrential downpour and water started dripping into the camera runs, right into my shoes! I ended up driving home that night with bare feet as my shoes were still soggy and my socks got soaked too. There had been some changes to the House since a few days ago, so some of our previous coverage had to be changed or re-shot for continuity. Overall it was a successful day, if not incredibly tiring. I was shattered when I got home (put my feet up and watched the Jubilee Concert in HD).

The show launches Tuesday 5th at 8pm with the Auditions show, followed by the Live launch.

CBB 2012 Pre-Production Begins

As much as a 3-week holiday from work sounded fun, I couldn’t wait to get back to the Big Brother village…

Pre-production for “Celebrity Big Brother 2012” started for the Directors on 12th December 2011. It was immediately obvious that the design crews and Task Team had been working hard since the previous series finished. The Big Brother house had a dramatic make-over.

Code words were being thrown around as to who the ‘celebrities’ would be who were going in, but as usual the Executive Producers were very good at keeping the secrets in (as they should). Who wants the surprises to be spoilt?

New cameras were installed, new wide-angle lenses were fitted and the ‘rail cam’ in the garden was given a better lens for coverage. The bedroom was redesigned, the garden was given a make-over, the kitchen was modified for better camera coverage. All in all it looked stunning on the gallery monitors. All we needed were some people in there to test it out…