|Final Day Team Photo!|
The Company called for reporters, cameramen and studio presenters. The way in which these people would operate was rather vague but reporting and camerawork sounded like something you did outside and standing up, while presenting sounded like inside and sitting down; as Harveywetdog has never been one to hide their light under a bushel, and as I possibly saw myself as a potential Bill Turnbull, I duly volunteered.
The real Bill Turnbull in the BBC London 2012 Studio
The request was for people to submit short videos on a Games theme demonstrating their creative prowess. My demo tape, recorded between the showers in April, featured Jazz and I reviewing Team GB's prospects in the Equestrian arena and confidently predicting Eventing and Dressage Gold. I filled the time with a few words on the Triathlon and an oblique reference to the television programme 2012, added Chariots of Fire for theme music and submitted my application.
Click here for the Jazz 'n' Dave Promotional Video
I heard very little for a few months but was finally notified on 1st June that I had been chosen to "take part in this exciting opportunity", and I was please to be told that the judges thought my "application was excellent". So that's all good then!
The letter went on to say:
"This is a core part of our employee engagement activity during the Games, and ........you will be helping inspire other employees to get behind our London 2012 partnership and get the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".
|Caversham Bridge: Reading|
It would have been an Epic!
Training took place in Reading and is recorded in an earlier Blog; in fairness the training was really for the camera crews and reporters who would be covering the sites across the country. But it did give me a chance to meet the production Company and get to understand more about the ideas behind the show. One sad aspect of the training was the fact that all our work on the day was deleted before we left. This came particularly hard on me with my never throw a photograph away ethos, and I know my "cameraman" had been hoping to make something out of our feature on Caversham Bridge.
The Dungeness B Team in Action
In one interview I asked a member of staff which Olympic Sport he would like to participate in and he told me Track cycling. Are you a keen cyclist I enquired? No, I just want to compete in a Stadium shaped like a giant Pringle he replied. This actually made it onto the outtakes show but the amusing thing was when he said Pringle I thought Hula Hoop and I was trying to work out how you would cycle round that. More like a wall of death I would guess!
|40 Grosvenor Place|
Hard to miss?
|Day One Publicity Pose|
The camera was an impressive piece of kit
A strong theme from the Opening Ceremony
Although I had expected to have a degree of editorial input into the shows we soon realised our job was to present a prepared script. This was a little disappointing and turned the task into more of a memory test presented with a smile. This wasn't what I was used to; if I give a presentation at work I've generally written the lines in a way that I can remember them and put them over in the style I want.
I got the impression that the producer wanted Graham Norton but I was giving him Jack Dee!
Even so the task was quite challenging and I was always slightly relieved when shooting was done for the day. At about 11:00 a production assistant took the lunch order but we couldn't have lunch until we'd completed the episode. I was impressed by the skill and professionalism of the production Company. Their's seemed to be a work hard/play hard kind of existence but they certainly knew what they wanted and that only your best was good enough.
The afternoons were largely our own, and I spent one afternoon exploring Grenwich Park, home of the Equestrian and the other afternoon shopping for camera friendly shirts. Good old M&S!
Full Moon and Agitos
|Natasha Baker and Cabral|
"A super girl who really sums up the Paralympic Spirit"
Natasha's Facebook response to the video on YouTube
|Day 3 Polished Performers|
Obviously the CPO carried most of the message, my questions were largely scripted but I'm glad that the final "Do you think things will ever be the same again after the 2012 Paralympics?" was all my own work and the opening sequence of our "best bits" broadcast the day after the Games closed.
|An Inspiration for me|
The London 2012 Paralympic GB Equestrian Team