XpoNorth Live! 2016 Archive

Take a browse at our XpoNorth Live! 2016 team...

 

 

The Trainees

XpoNorth Live! is a two week production training course delivered by XpoNorth and partners, culminating in three days of studio broadcasting from the festival. You can listen to interviews, chat, acoustic sessions from showcasing artists; watch the recordings and enjoy the live performances.

 

Here are the Trainees from the XpoNorth Live! Team in 2016:

 

Myles Bax

Myles Bax

Myles worked as a Trainee researcher for XpoNorth Live 2016. His fellow researchers put up with his early morning running routine as his alarm clock was not too aggressive. He also often offered his deliciously crafted porridge in the morning to appease any misgivings others had for his early-bird tendencies. Myles' amiable manner belied a steely determination to get the job done. He was particularly pleased to secure interviews for the TV channel with Nigel Pope (producer of Highlands), Lorraine Thomson (indie-author) and David Blair (of Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5). Myles also enjoyed dabbling in a bit of presenting when he interviewed Marc Settle of the BBC - although he recognises that he may have to nod less violently in any future appearances in front of camera. Myles thoroughly enjoyed his XpoNorth Live experience and hopes to return.

 

Alan Daly

Alan Daly

Alan Daly is a Bsc(hons) qualified Audio Engineer with seven years experience in the creative industries, his role at XpoNorth was Sound Recordist working with the Sound Supervisor. This role included the rigging and de-rigging of all audio equipment, working with all the bands and interviewees ensuring they were all ready prior to going live.
The XpoNorth learning experience was excellent showing what goes on behind the scenes in the broadcast world. The friendships made and networking opportunities were amazing and will last for a long time, this was an amazing festival to work at.

 

Sean Geddes

Sean Geddes

A wannabe editor, gamer, craft-beer aficionado, and family and friends’ IT consultant. I’m also a recent journalism graduate looking to break into the production of tv and films. Combining being a former IT professional with all I’ve learned during my degree, internships and the like, I’m a bit of a jack-of-all trades at the moment, which I think is needed to understand the fast-paced world of media today, especially with the advancement of technology blurring the lines between different roles. XpoNorth was a fantastic learning experience that allowed me to work closely with leading industry professionals on a live television studio, long hours and hard work but I loved every minute of it. Working with the excellent people at Production Attic cemented my desire to work in editing and this experience truly enhanced my life, I would recommend it to anyone.

 

Alan Grant

Alan Grant

I have been very fortunate to have now worked at two XpoNorth Live festivals, both times as a Camera Trainee, and I can honestly say that both times have been experiences that I will never forget! I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at both festivals, made great new friends and has increased my confidence working behind the camera. For anyone wanting to pursue a career in Television and Media, then XpoNorth is a great stepping stone and definitely the place to be! To re-iterate, I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and am looking forward to it again next year!

 

Alan Hill

Alan Hill

I'm a mature entrant to the TV industry and in only 3 years have completed an HND, have worked at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, with BT Sport and Channel 4, and am recieving regular bookings with BBC ALBA. I relish any chance to advance my learning as a camera operator especially in an intensive situation under the guidance of top flight industry professionals provided by XpoNorth. 


The XpoNorth Live! TV station located on the first floor of Eden Court is/was a great opportunity for the audience to observe the process of filming bands and interviews in a multi camera directed studio, and with the inclusion of a team of editors this year the public could watch the videos online within a matter of hours.
The crew positions are very much in demand and having already been on the camera crew at XpoNorth Live! 2015 I was pleased to be accepted into the team as Data Wrangler, happy to learn more about this role that connects the camera crew with the editors. However as one volunteer was unable to attend I was more than happy to join the 2016 camera crew as I am actually a camera operator myself. 

The numerous performances and interviews allowed for the opportunity to put the on the job coaching and training into practice and once the interview/performance schedule was revised the crew could operate much more smoothly and efficiently. The advice and feedback recieved from award winning Director Alan de Pellete, award winning Director of Photography Andy Murray, and camera supervisor Alastair Girvan is immeasurable.

 

Gary Hughes

Gary Hughes

Before XpoNorth Live! Gary had been on placement with the BBC and had produced and ran on several productions for the online arts platform Loop.  He was only coming to XpoNorth to try and flog his first book but somehow ended up hosting interviews with some of Scotland's leading film, craft and children's media talent.  The learning curve was steep but the experience was incredible.  He is looking forward to working with the amazing team again in the future and getting to see more of the fantastic musical talent that was featured throughout the festival.

 

Kym Hunt

Kym Hunt

I'm currently a first year drama student in Inverness UHI and a radio show presenter with North Highland Radio. Even though I have performance experience, I have never done anything like this before, but it was one of the BEST things I have ever done. I learnt a lot about my own skills and abilities in relation to the industry that I love, and learnt where my strengths lie. The XPO Live! set was made as realistic as possible, so that I really did feel as if I was in a studio. The troubles and triumphs were all real, and would be exactly what I would face in the field. All of the fully qualified professionals were amazing with us, and at no point were we treated as if we were trainees. We were treated as equals throughout, but if we ever had a question, we were never treated as stupid for asking, which created such an amazing atmosphere and safe environment for us to experiment and learn more. I can also highly recommend to next year's trainees, if given the chance, to present as well as produce. This was the best opportunity that I had throughout the whole training, because I could make sense of everything from the presenter's point of view, and I also now have a piece of work that I can use and can be proud of.

 

Grazyna McGroarty

Grazyna McGroarty

XpoNorth Live! has been such a brilliant experience from start to finish. I have enjoyed every minute of it and made some genuine friends for life, as well as meeting lots of interesting filmmakers, musicians and all round creative people. There's so much talent not only in Scotland but also the Highlands and I'm very much looking forward to finding out what's on at XpoNorth 2017!

 

Mairi Munro

Mairi Munro

Studied Animation at Duncan of Jordanstone so getting to use video cameras was quite a change. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of XpoNorth getting to film such interesting people and great bands was one of the highlights. Another was working alongside such a brilliant team. Learnt lots in just a space of a week and would happily do it all over again.

 

Isabella Oon

Isabella Oon

I worked as the floor manager for the XpoNorth Television studio set up I found it to be a very good training experience. It's a very stressful due to the naturel of the job as well as various things not going quite to plan during the first day or so but it was what I was expecting and I found it a very useful work experience for when I hopefully work properly in the industry. I deeply enjoyed working and learning with the other trainees and the rest of the crew and can't wait to see what next year's XpoNorth brings!

 

Sean Robertson

Sean Robertson

Originally from Helmsdale in the Highlands, I moved to Aberdeen to pursue a degree in Marine Biology. However, volunteering at GoNorth back in 2013 helped to kindle my passion for the creative industries, which I pursued even while studying fish. I got involved with the film-making society, and founded Granite City TV at the university. XpoNorth Live provided me with my first opportunity for professional development as a camera operator in a TV/broadcast setting, and skills and knowledge gained will be invaluable in pursuing work in the future!

 

Holly Scrimgeour

Holly Scrimgeour

Musician, gamer and lover of life! I am currently finishing the last bits of my Honours degree in Popular Music at The University of the Highlands and Islands and I am about to start my elected position as Student President at Perth College. Working on XpoNorth Live was an amazing opportunity. It gave me a hands on insight to the industry I want to work in alongside the experience and confidence to take the next step in my career.

 

Daniel Strasser

Daniel Strasser

I am from Edinburgh and went to Stewart's Melville College.I then studied Film and English at Aberdeen University and graduated last week! I am  trying to pursue a career in TV & Film Production and I am mad about sports and a love to cook, bake and eat!
I was supposed to be Shadow Director, but due to a dropout I did Camera Operating and a little bit of Floor Managing!
First of all, I thought the entire processing was amazing. I applied, quite tentatively I might add, hoping to learn a tip or technique here or there, but I was flooded with information, pointers and helpful reminders on how to act in a production environment and how to properly handle the camera equipment!

I was very lucky to be in contact with such welcoming and professional people. The visual crew, led by Alastair, told me so much I didn't know about cameras. He was a great point of reference for us all I think. In addition having Andy haunting my dreams by focussing on the correct amount of headroom will be a constant reminder in future projects! I have already been watching films and criticising!

In all seriousness, I really had no idea what I was getting myself in for before the week started. The guys who I worked beside were all really nice, and the sound technicians, lighting crew and Alan the Director was always so nice and comforting if we ever looked like we were drowning under lights! I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in Inverness and I have to say a huge thanks to Amanda for giving me the chance to be a part of it all! I can only hope that when I am offered jobs for production assistants or camera operators that I can show off the skills that I have learnt working at XpoNorth.

If I can give 1 tip to anyone thinking about wanting to come, bring comfortable shoes and money for coffee!

 

Ythan Wilson

Ythan Wilson

With a history of studying film, photography, fiction writing and robotics, I was overjoyed to be offered a position of Production Coordinators for XPO North Live! I took two weeks off my normal work to dive into this fantastic opportunity and learnt lessons that will haunt me forever. The world of TV is a fast and furious place of fun and constant change. The experience forced me to learn how to adapt instantaneously and the importance of preparation and foresight. My previous experience with computers and organization skills helped massively but the real joy was experiencing the world behind an event like XPO North. While most would only experience it for three days, I had the privilege of working with an extremely reliable team for two weeks behind the scenes and at the forefront of the event. It was truly an experience like no other. If I were asked to do it again? I would ask: when do I start?