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Holby City “Severed”

BBC 1 20:00hrs Tuesday 18th November.

This was one of my favourite episodes to direct, the action is fluid, the performances strong and my crew were fantastic!

Debbie Chazen and Hari Dhillon prove the series still has legs – the clue is in the title.

"so where does this bit go?"

“so where does this bit go?”

Catherine Russell and Sandra Voe are once again magnificent as we say farewell to a series regular, and we have some wonderful guest performances from Sarah Beck Mather

I don't need this script, I know it honest"

I don’t need this script, I know it honest”

and Hubert Burton.

Did someone call me "Wingnut"?

Did someone call me “Wingnut”?

As always we were supported by a fantastic and  wonderful, creative and supportive crew. and not forgetting our producer, Ailsa Macaulay.

Ailsa on the Holby set poses for a brief second

Ailsa on the Holby set poses for a brief second

"What does this bit do?"

“What does this bit do?”

Hari - as always, surrounded by beautiful women.

Hari – as always, surrounded by beautiful women.

Jez at his favourite mixing desk

Jez at his favourite mixing desk

Julie showing what all nurses do best after a tough shift...

Julie showing what all nurses do best after a tough shift…

Liz Stoll, Queen of Holby casting.

Liz Stoll, Queen of Holby casting.

Dick fiddles with his lights again

Dick fiddles with his lights again

"what?"

“what?”

"Never let the wig do the performance"

“Never let the wig do the performance”

"Billy the Quiz fixed it for me"

“Billy the Quiz fixed it for me”

Bob "where are you in my episode - Barratt"

Bob “where are you in my episode – Barratt”

Holby Remembrance Day Episode

Holby City – Remembrance Day.

HC Remembrance Day

The wonderful Dudley Sutton and my equally wonderful script supervisor Katie Harlow, on the set of tonights episode of Holby City, BBC 1 20:00hrs.

Dudley plays Eric Patterson a retired ex para who has the misfortune of being injured whilst selling poppies at the hospital. His intervention with Adrienne and Serena, wonderfully played by Sandra Voe and Catherine Russell, begins to shine a light on Adrienne’s condition and reveal that despite her Alzheimer’s  she is still there to be found.

 

Aerial camera safety briefing

In line with the BBC’s health and safety policy all the cast and crew took part in a safety briefing during filming on Holby City using the aerial camera mount.

The Safety briefing

The Safety briefing

 

On hearing the word “Down” everyone was to duck down and cover their heads with their arms as, in the event of a power failure, the hovver cam would descend to the ground and land wherever it was positioned.

In the event of the operator losing control of the aerial platform, the drone would automatically make it’s way to a coned off area where it would land safely.

 

I suggested we all have a practice and as you can see, we are all fully conversant with the procedure.

Down

Down

 

 

Holby City Aerial shoot.

On Holby City at the BBC, I am currently experimenting with replacing crane moves using this wonderful little flying camera. It’s a bit noisy so the dialogue will have to be ADR but hopefully we will be able to record guide tracks on radio mic’s.

aerial camera platform

aerial camera platform

It will enable me to chase my ambulance in during the opening of the episode and elevate to give a wide angle view of the whole of the Holby City entrance and introduce the guest characters in the same instant.     This amazing 6 rotor camera platform is just one of the latest concepts in aerial photography from SkyPower. BESTEADY Multirotor Flight from Skypower Aerial Filming on Vimeo. I hope to use it with great effect on the opening sequences of my latest episodes of Holby City for BBC1. Watch this space – to see how we got on…..

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