The Messenger

This blog post is my way of expressing more than 140 characters to those who’ve interacted with me regarding Big Brother on Twitter recently. I write it to inform and remind 🙂

I should also point you in the direction of my blog disclaimer, for your consideration.

My job at Big Brother is a technical one. I Direct the cameras within the House to cover people, areas, tasks, etc, to the best of my ability. What happens to that footage once it’s shot isn’t my remit. It disappears into the ether via fibre optic cables and the magic of electronics to other people in other places who do other things with it.

I’m a Director, not a Producer. I have no say over editorial decisions nor have influence over what can and cannot be done. I do my bit on Twitter to support the show completely off my own back, and at risk of being severely bollocked for it with the potential to not being asked back in the future. I don’t want this, and I’m sure you don’t either. This very blog post will be printed out and handed to my boss for consideration.

I appreciate people think I might be one who can flip a switch and turn any Live Feed on or off, or have control over when or how it’s shown, or indeed its contents, or have answers as to why it can’t be 24/7. This simply isn’t the case. I don’t have those answers. But as an original fan, I sometimes ask the same questions you do. If I was able to answer them, I would.

As much as people think “Rubbish. You work for the company so you can do something”, let me give you an analogy:

The guy at the printing press isn’t responsible for the headlines of a newspaper.

I appreciate people reach out to whomever they can for answers, and I understand peoples thoughts. But I can’t answer questions if I don’t have the answer. I’m not in those circles.

Don’t get me wrong. I read all messages I receive, and I genuinely appreciate (most of) them. I try to respond if I can, where appropriate, in a way that’s appropriate. I’m a fan of the show at the end of the day, and I care about it just as much as you do.

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.