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Updates from Maritime Film UK’s Rob White, TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN


07 September 2022

… was the biggest camera operation Maritime Films UK had ever mounted. We had to capture the mast as it went through each deck. So onboard, GoPros and a full HD camera were installed, from the keelson up. (The picture shows the butt end as it lifted off from the keelson.) Finding a clamping spot for the GoPros was a challenge – but I found some small-bore pipes attached to the deckhead. We had to withdraw from Victory before the lift started, so the rigging team kindly ran the cameras. If we’d started them even at the last moment before standing clear, they’d have run out and missed those key shots. They all survived, too – thanks riggers. Meanwhile David Botwinik time-lapsed from the museum’s upper floor, while I roved at ground level, David joining me later. So, a 6-camera shoot.

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About Rob

Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years of experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four-time award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with the Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995 when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.

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