Here are a few tasters of some of the wisdom in the book from five people who have worked at the very highest level in the television production world;
BILL BROWN - Cameraman
“Your prime role is to provide a connection between the story and the television set. It’s only the cameraman that links the two together. If a cameraman’s no use, whoever’s watching at home knows it straight away”.
PAUL FREEMAN - Cameraman
“I honestly believe if you think there’s a shot to be had, you’ve got to go for it. There’s no point in not doing so. And despite the odd exceptions, most people appreciate that. After all, we can all take the easy way can’t we?”
MARTIN CAMPBELL - Director
“By luck, my girlfriend at the time came in with the Daily Telegraph containing a job vacancy. I got a hearing and by some miracle, as I had only done a bit of photography, got one of the jobs; I think there were only four or five on offer at the time. Maybe it was because the Head of Department Reg Clowes or someone took a liking to me.”
CHRISTOPHER FRYMAN – Cameraman
“There’s an enormous difference between working on documentaries and being in a television studio. There is only one camera to start with. And you’re on your own, unlike my days of working in the studio when there was always someone around to help with a problem. But with documentary filming, there’s nobody”.
MIKE DUGDALE - Cameraman
“I love the camera crew humour, the different daily challenges, and never having to wear a suit except when in the company of royalty. Best of all pictorially I love interpreting the feeling, atmosphere and actuality that lies in front of your lens - and to portray that intent to millions on a small screen”.