Taking a proverbial crack at TV presenting is all well and good, but can seem like quite the unconquerable goal if the thought of public speaking turns your legs into pool noodles and makes your mouth dryer than Bill Murray doing stand up in the Atacama Desert.
Luckily, every couple of months our London film studios host the lovely folks at The Red Carpet Academy – the UK’s only TV presenting and public speaking training led by mainstream and celebrity experts.
These guys are the ideal choice for anyone who needs moulding from a wobbling human jelly to a powerful vessel of charisma and charm – also a generally great option for anybody wishing to hone their presenting and public speaking skills that little bit more.
The academy usually makes itself at home in our Star Green Room, and uses any one of our three studios to do their TV training days.
Admittedly he’s not quite so brand new any more, having been at the company for almost 3 months, but none the less, Rob Harwood is the newest addition to our studio team and so deserves an introduction…
We asked him a series of hard-hitting questions to find out more about the man behind the bookings…
What attracted you to this studio account manager position?
I’ve always wanted to work at a Studio and the expansion here at Spectrecom seemed like a perfect opportunity! I love dealing with the excitement of TV and Film productions and think that Spectrecom Studios are really well positioned, particularly with the current shortage of Studio space in London.
What were you doing before joining Spectrecom?
I used to be the Head of Rentals at ‘Autoscript’. We covered the prompting for some of the largest News and Entertainment shows on TV. If you ever need an expert on an autocue, I’m your man…
What happens in an average day for Spectrecom’s studio account manager?
Lots of emails! First thing I always try and say hello to each of the productions we have in to check they are happy or if there is anything they need. After the obligatory morning coffee I tend to go through any overnight enquiries and questions, as well as finalising paperwork from the previous day’s shoots. The day is then predominantly made up of phone calls, emails, meetings and general assistance for the studio shoots – along with a fair bit of forward planning!
What do you like most about your role here?
I love that we have such different production and shoots in each day. We could have children’s puppets singing songs one day with a formula 1 car in the next!
Have you ever been star struck by a studio guest?
I’m a big ‘Game of Thrones’ fan so Charles Dance was pretty great. I also love it when food is being shot as we often get to eat it afterwards…
What’s the most unusual shoot you’ve had in the studios?
I’ve only been here a few months, but so far, the shooting of a portrait painted entirely with curry ingredients has to be the most bizarre!
Who would be your dream studio guest?
I would love to have David Attenborough in – broadcast royalty!
Contact Rob today, on 0203 405 2263, for more information about our studio offering
There’s been a fair bit of controversy around FIFA over the last few weeks and with rumours of the upcoming World Cup being stripped from the hosting countries, none will be more peeved than the World Cup committee of Qatar who, it has been claimed, are in the process of designing the world’s first underwater TV studio in honour of the event.
According to Patric Douglas, CEO of LA-based underwater design company ‘Reef Worlds’, “The project we are in the process of designing for is an underwater broadcast centre [and] is quite a real possibility,”
Qatar’s World Cup authorities are said to “like the design” and “like the notion of doing the World Cup underwater with sharks swimming around.”
The project is likely to cost Qatar around $30 million so let’s hope they hold off on production until all those blasted corruption allegations have blown over or that could be one very expensive aquarium…
Here at Spectrecom Studios, while we may not be able to offer you an underwater, shark-infested broadcast venue, we can offer you a brand new London-based green screen studio!
Our 300ft² studio 3 is now open and ready for business and comes complete with a full guarantee that neither you, nor your team will be eaten during the course of your shoot.
We have our first production taking place in the studio today, and if you would like to make use of the new space, contact us now and we’d love to book you in for a viewing.
We were very excited to see the first trailer for the 24th James Bond film unveiled on Saturday.
‘Spectre’, which is set for release later this year, tells the story of a cryptic message from Bond’s past which sends him on a trail to uncover the sinister organisation known as ‘SPECTRE’.
The trailer appears to make reference to ‘Skyfall’, the 23rd Bond film which sees Bond delve, for the first time, into his family’s past. This element of continuity (along with the film’s director, Sam Mendes, who returns to the series after his Skyfall debut) should make for an interesting narrative arc.
Interviews with the film’s production team suggest that the name of the film actually caused something of a dispute in the initial stages of production, as rights issues were raised around the SPECTRE organisation being revived, but, after many years of discussions, it appears the last rights issue has been resolved and we can’t wait to see the latest Bond offering.
Fresh off the back of a Golden Globes win for its original series ‘Transparent’, Amazon.com’s TV division is now set to turn its hand to film production.
The studio, which develops original series through online submissions and crowd-sourced feedback, was started back in 2010 and has, until now, focused mainly on TV series.
This new move into acquiring and producing full-length feature films for subscription distribution is a bold move for the newly named ‘Amazon Original Movies’, which plans to produce up to 12 films each year starting towards the end of 2015.
With Netflix’s original content already being blamed for a decline in the ‘movie theatre industry’, Amazon Studios’ aim to release online just 4 to 8 weeks after theatrical release will only serve to add fuel to an already raging fire between theatrical and digital distribution. You have to wonder whether the cinema chains will agree to show the films at all…
But, judging by Amazon Studios’ output so far, we think ‘Amazon Original Movies’ could, literally, be one to watch…
Check out the trailer for the Golden Globe winning series ‘Transparent’ below and see what you reckon…