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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

Shieldhall from “the watter”

28 July 2015

No not a spelling mistake – because Steam Ship Shieldhall’s original role was to take Glasgow citizens for a day out “doon the watter” (down the water) along the River Clyde. As well as dumping effluent, that is. But they’re a hardy lot in Scotland’s second city (or first, as many Glaswegians will tell you.) Er… where was I… this is getting a bit like one of Ronnie Corbett’s comfy chair monologues… oh yes! Filming Shieldhall. One of the classic problems with filming ships under way, is you have get off them to get them on film. And be some way away to capture them in one shot. That’s difficulty No. 1 – solved if you can capture her from shore. If she comes close enough.  But – if you’re to capture them under way – the best shot – you need a boat….

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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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