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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

MEASURING A HEAD

21 December 2017

It may look like an instrument of torture, devised by – to quote P.G. Wodehouse in another context – “the nastier-minded members of the Borgia family for people they had a particular grudge against”! But in fact it’s a conformateur, designed to capture the exact shape of your head. Lock’s then use that outline to make you a hat with a precise fit. It’s needed because heads, like humans, come in all shapes and sizes. The conformateur has dozens of pins which rest gently around your head in just the right place for your hatband. The shape is then transferred, scaled down, to the top of the device, which uses a mirror image arrangement of pins to mimic your head shape. You end up with a small card on which your bonce is revealed to all for the comic blob it is.

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About Rob

Rob WhiteRob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times 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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