I recently produced and directed a series of Spoken Word pieces for BBC Three. The videos cover a range of topics from debt to sexual harassment.
The first piece by Nicole Murphy debuted on BBC Three’s Facebook page and generated 400k views, 6.5k shares, and over 10k reactions. I think this shows that spoken word can be a powerful vehicle for messages on event the most serious topics.
The production was very small and extremely fast turnaround but that made it all the more fun to do. We shot 12 films in two days with the edit for the lot taking two weeks in total. Not bad at all.
You can also see two pieces by Birmingham poet and rapper Casey Bailey on Facebook and on the BBC Three website.
This week we’ve had some lovely promotion for Step Inside My Head (aka My Mental Health In VR).
First we had a film made by BBC marketing to explain what we did and how which features me flapping my arms around in a green room. It’s a great overview of what we were hoping to achieve.
And today we also had a double page spread in the i newspaper focusing on Katy’s story and how we tried to get inside her head and present it to audiences. There is genuine interest in how VR can help with mental health issues and I’m a firm believer in its power to provide new perspectives.
Last week I appeared on BBC Breakfast News to talk about Step Inside My Head, a series of films I produced for BBC Three using virtual reality to explore mental health.
Charlie and Naga asked some good questions and I was really proud of my contributors James and Katy who were brilliant with very little preparation time. It was a fantastic opportunity to expose more people to the possibilities in VR and to talk about mental health in a new way.
That’s live TV off the bucket list at least.
Are you hard-working, enthusiastic, and into making awesome social video? Want to work with me in Birmingham?
Well, BBC Three are looking for a researcher to join our development team in Birmingham. The role will involve helping to make powerful, issues-driven films that make you think and make you laugh.
The ideal candidate will have practical skills in finding stories and contributors, researching topics, filming, and editing, as well as having a passion for what’s possible in the world of social video.
You can apply for the job here: http://careerssearch.bbc.co.uk/jobs/job/Researcher/23035
I made a little film for BBC Three about women in film. It’s a mini video essay exploring female representation in movies in light of Wonder Woman’s success around the world.
It certainly stoked some debate as the comment demonstrate and has hit over 250k views which is nice. If anything, it’s highlighted the need for conversation around women’s ability and right to a fair shot in jobs traditionally dominated by men. Filmmaker is not a gendered role.
You can watch and share the video on Facebook here.
I recently did a talk at Digital Digbeth Day as part of Digital Cities, a week-long conference of events hosted by the BBC.
I spoke about the work I’ve been doing in my new role at BBC Three to develop new video formats for social platforms and shared the success we’ve had as a channel in the 12 months since launching as an online-only proposition. All in all, it’s looking very positive for youth broadcasting in the digital era, and levels of engagement are at a peak.
If you couldn’t make it, my main point was that we are constantly iterating when we develop content for young audiences. Platforms, change, habits change, and people’s interests change. But the things that remain constant are the drivers of what makes people recognise something that is a) good and b) they want to share. That’s psychology. And it’s very important to the way we work up new concepts and engage with our audience, not just broadcast at them.
I developed and produced a film for BBC Three showing the incredible skills behind traditional handmade noodles. You can watch the short over on BBC Three’s Facebook page.
The film was directed by Craig Bush and with a great team of Theo Gove-Humphries, Pete Styles, Pasquale Tropea, and Isaure de Pontbriand. We used the Phantom Flex4 camera for the super slo-mo shots.