For about the last five weeks I’ve been having an awesome time being a student again. But this time around I’ve been learning how to shoot videos, record podcasts and direct TV studios. Why, oh why, didn’t I do an arts degree in the first place, I’ve been asking myself?
One of the things I’ve learnt is that I flippin’ love radio. I love how it forces you to use your imagination. I love the sound of the spoken word, and I love how, unlike film, you can be free to think about the topic, rather than being shown explicitly what someone else understands by it.
We’re at South Kennsington tube station talking about the ‘internet of things’. (Don’t know what that is? All the more reason to have a listen!) I really liked the background sound effects we worked into it; a great example, I thought, of how radio can instantly transport you to a location with just a few simple noises.
Another thing we did was have a go at working a mocked-up TV studio. My directing was fairly shoddy, but that was nothing compared to my Tony Blair eat-your-heart-out gesticulating hands. I kind of knew I did this, but boy – did I go to town on this particular day. Maybe I was nervous? Anyway, my friend Lucy decided to make this little treasure, just to show how over the top I went… and embarrass me, of course. Enjoy!