GenTalk : video production tips and advice.

GenTalks launches at the generator hostel in London.

On the 29th of March 2016 i was kindly asked to film the launch of GenTalk’s, share some cool stories from my career and offer some video production tips to the assembled masses (there were about 20 people)

GenTalks is a series of talks hosted at the generator hostels.

GenTalks provide creative inspiration to people staying at the hostel, and offer an insight into the lives and work of creative professionals in the cities that guests stay.

Video production tips and advice for all!

The event was sponsored by Camden Town Brewery and hosted by Generator London.
Along with the free beer (thanks very much!!) the evening featured talks from James Richards, founder of Dillinger Photography and myself.

The crowd that showed up were great. Everyone seemed genuinely interested in what we had to show and tell!, not one of them interested in the free beer on offer from our generous sponsors! 🙂 (yeah right)

I’ve never been asked to give an “inspiring speech” before, but the last few years have been pretty eventful in terms of video production. I decided to share the story of creating Ocean Vet, the various twists and turns that took place and share some cool stories about working with Michael Douglas and Alistair McGowan.

Getting in to video production

Along with the main presentation there was a chance for some Q+A.

This is always nice as it allows a platform to share knowledge and experience with people who are interested in the industry.

Below are a few clips from the Q+A with some useful advice for those considering a career  in TV/Video production.

On developing a TV idea..

Here’s a link to the article I mention in this video. You might also want to check out how to create a tv show part 1. Further news and tips can be found on our blog.

On tech to get you started…

If you can shoot your own video then you’re halfway there.

Checkout this article with 9 useful basics for getting the best results when filming with your smartphone.

If you send a video when you pitch a tv show to us, it helps us to see how it might look or  it can demonstrate the skill of an unknown presenter.

Advice on what to do next

When you’re starting out in TV/Video production its difficult to know what route to take. To ensure you have the best chance at being successful its good to know what side of production you want to get into. Do you want to be a camera operator? Do you want to write and produce? Do you want to present?

In my experience, if you’re looking to get into the video production industry to film and edit video, then that is what you should be doing every day.
Sitting in a classroom conducting a semiotic analysis of german propaganda documentary will not give you the practical skill to make video.

Video Production Courses

There are many academic courses all the way up to degree level that offer practical hands on experience, and encourage a vocational approach.

Checkout this Broadcast Systems Technology course.

Another one of my key video production tips, If you’re not picking up a camera at least every other day, or sitting in an edit suite cutting video together, then its not worth it. No amount of theory is of any worth unless it can be successfully executed practically, this is fact.

How we can help

We’re always happy to offer our own advice and video production tips.

If you’ve got an idea for a TV show and are looking to develop it then maybe you should read some our our guides on how to create a tv show and how to pitch a tv show.

If you’re looking to submit an idea you’ve had for a TV show then please use the contact form in the right hand column (below if using mobile) or email us

For all other info and news head over to our blog.

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