16mm-filming-cameramen.mp4 (650.23 MB)
mediaposted on 2018-03-27, 09:07 authored by Amanda MurphyAmanda Murphy, John Ellis, Nick HallNick Hall
This footage was filmed in May 2015 in the television studio at Royal Holloway University of London in Egham, United Kingdom.
A team of veteran television film cameramen, electricians, and sound engineers who worked at the BBC Television Film Studios in the 1960s and 1970s recalled various aspects of their work.
Their memories were filmed using three Sony PMW-100 digital cameras and recorded using wireless microphones. The conversation was free-flowing with occasional questions and interventions from the ADAPT crew.
This video is part of a series that shows how a typical television film crew went about the task of filming footage for television during the 1960s and 1970s.
About the project
ADAPT (2013-8) is a European Research Council project at Royal Holloway University of London. The project studies the history of technologies in television, focussing on their everyday use in production activities.
ADAPT examines what technologies were adopted and why; how they worked; and how people worked with them. As well as publishing written accounts, the project carries out 'simulations' that reunite retired equipment with the people who used to use it.
Participants in these simulations explain how each machine worked and how different machines worked together as an 'array'; how they adapted the machines; and how they worked together as teams within the overall production process.