Five aspiring cameramen from Edge Hill University have become the first students in the country to be recognised by the prestigious Guild of Television Cameramen.
Daniel Hall, Lewis Hancock, Jake French, George Short and Jonny Treherne, all 3rd year Film and Television Production students, passed the Guild’s demanding new assessment with flying colours, boosting their CVs and giving potential employers tangible evidence of their competence.
The Guild introduced the new assessment, which was developed in partnership with the University, as a way of helping young camera operators break into the extremely competitive field of camera work.
Senior Lecturer in Media and former BBC cameraman, Dr Mark Fremaux, said:
This is a very rigorous assessment which tests both technical knowledge and practical skills. As well as a written theory test, the students had to complete single camera and multi-camera challenges in front of judges from the Guild to show how they respond to real-life broadcasting situations.
Passing this assessment opens up a lot of doors for these students. They can now attend Guild meetings and take part in their training workshops for free, but most importantly, they have the opportunity to start building up their professional contacts while they’re still studying.”
Mark, who has worked on programmes as diverse as Dr Who, Horizon and Match of the Day, added: “There is currently a shortage of new blood in the industry, as there are very few industry-run training schemes anymore, and there are a lot of very experienced cameramen out there. However, many of those will be retiring in the next few years, making way for a new generation of camera operators.
“This accreditation by the Guild of Television Cameramen will give our students the edge over the competition when those jobs become available. Not only will they have a qualification from a respected international industry body, but they will have access to some of the most influential people in the profession.”
Following the successful introduction of the new award at Edge Hill University, the Guild plans to roll out the assessment across the country.
The Guild of Television Cameramen is a not-for-profit organisation with more than 1,000 members worldwide working in all aspects of television from corporate production through news and current affairs to documentary and drama. As well as offering independent advice and information, the Guild also provides training workshops and publications and runs an annual Excellence Award to recognise the best in the business.