Thames Barge Reminder
09 December 2015
…is our home as we watch the five trainees on the ‘Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership’ put through their paces in the scheme’s annual ‘group sail’. The partnership bit indicates how the training works: a link-up with maritime training and study centre partners across the UK, from Anstruther in Scotland to Brixham in Devon. Reminder is operated under hire by the Sea Change Sailing Trust, and has the unique advantage of providing full accommodation in what was the giant hold of the barge, for all who come out in her. Two of us are on board to film: me, Rob White, and Production Assistant and soundie (Sound Operator) Steve Crouch. He’s invaluable as he can quickly catch sound, interviews etc., “on the fly” – essential in a working environment, and enabling the use of a directional microphone that cuts down background noise.
Rob 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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