NEP Visions offers hands-on OB experience at Student Open Day
Outside broadcast services provider NEP Visions invited media students from institutions all over the UK to its inaugural Student Open Day in Bracknell on 7 October 2015. Over 150 media students from five colleges attended the event, gaining hands-on experience in a working outside broadcast environment and receiving advice on careers in broadcasting from representatives from the BBC, BT Sport, ITV Sport Production, Sky Sports and Creative Broadcast Solutions.
Students from Southampton Solent University, Ravensbourne, Leeds Beckett, Kingston College and Farnborough College of Technology attended the event, where a distinguished list of guest speakers discussed the realities of broadcasting live events, gave advice on getting into the industry, and answered a host of questions.
Speakers included: Darren Long, director of Sky Production Services at Sky Sports; James Clement, head of operations at Sky Sports; Andy Beale, chief engineer at BT Sport; Roger Pearce, technical director, sport at ITV Sport Production; Christopher C. Bretnall, technical producer at Creative Broadcast Solutions ; and Peter Taylor, production engineering manager, BBC Television
NEP Visions staff also shared their outside broadcasting experiences and discussed engineering career opportunities whilst demonstrating equipment and trucks.
In addition, the company set up a five-a-side football match in the grounds of their Bracknell HQ, with cameras placed around the pitch for the students to operate and capture the action. All feeds from the cameras were available inside NEP Visions’ state-of-the art truck, Atlantic, where EVS machines and sound equipment were set up for the students’ use.
“It’s so important to engage directly with this next generation of engineers, operators, editors and producers to give them an idea of how the industry works outside of a training environment,” said Steve Jenkins, managing director, NEP Visions. “We’re delighted with the reaction we saw from the students – their enthusiasm and keenness to learn was great to see, and there is clearly some fantastic talent coming through that we need to nurture. I would like to thank our clients for generously giving their time to share their experiences and the NEP Visions team for making the Open Day such a success.”