Upon graduating from her Film & TV: Documentary Filmmaking degree at University of Hertfordshire, Amanda Gardner completed a six week placement at Warner Bros. Television Productions UK. We caught up with her to see how it went
Can you tell us a bit about your placement?
I had the chance to work at three different television companies - Wall to Wall, Renegade Pictures and Twenty Twenty – which are all part of Warner Bros. Television Productions UK. During this time, I had the opportunity to work on many different productions and I also had the chance to go on location to shadow some of the crew members. Over the entire six weeks placement I learned so much, particularly in regards to researching and production management.
What did your role involve?
During my placement I mainly did work similar to that of a production secretary or a runner. My main roles included transcribing footage (mainly using Forscene), logging release forms, learning about petty cash and call sheets and location research. I also carried out runner duties, such as buying items for a production in various different stores.
What new skills have you learned?
I have learned many new skills during my placement. I now know how to use a platform called Forscene in order to transcribe footage and I also have a good idea of how risk assessments and call sheets are put together for a shoot. I also spent a while carrying out location research which was really interesting as it taught me how to find various different places which could be a good place to film in. I think one of the most important things that I learned is how important team work is in order to complete a shoot successfully; it is vital for everyone to work together in order for filming to run smoothly.
Definitely make the most of your placement; get to know the people who you are working with and observe how they carry out their roles.
Has this placement helped your career path?
This placement has definitely helped my career path. At first I was unsure of what role I wanted to carry out in the film and television industry, but through my placement I got to observe different people working on different productions and the roles that they do. Carrying out a placement at three extremely successful television companies, has been an invaluable experience for me; I have gained so many new skills which I can use throughout my career in the future.
What would you say to others who are going to do a Warner Bros. Creative Talent placement?
Definitely make the most of your placement; get to know the people who you are working with and observe how they carry out their roles. I found it really interesting talking to various different people about their careers and how they got into the film and television industry; they also gave me great advice and support during my placement.