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- We plan to have ad hoc freelance work available on shows
- Cambridge TV School will require freelances to act as mentors to students
- We’re developing a local market for commercial production, and are keen to help sell short- and long-form commercial production by entrepreneurial local freelances to local business
Freelance work on Cambridge TV shows
We’ll have ad hoc daily work on shows for Cambridge area professionals with these skills:
- Video journalist
- Self-shooting director
Equipment is provided. Freelances who might (very reasonably) prefer to use their own kit are welcome to do so, of course, but there isn’t a hire budget for kit which the channel can supply.
Let’s be up-front: budgets are not at national broadcaster level for these shows. Therefore, we’ve devised a way that freelances can work on production (and help to keep quality high) on a more usual rate at Cambridge TV School.
Mentor work at Cambridge TV School
Mentors at Cambridge TV School will lead a group of students through a short (typically 2-5 day) production cycle, supervising pre-production, shooting and editing. We’re keen that students get a real-life experience of production: they might work with an expert camera op as their “producer” one week, and maybe an editor or journalist the next.
Students will mostly be shooting short VT inserts for news and magazine shows, or covering events, gigs etc in a multi-cam setup.
This means that, on top of your usual professional expertise, you’ll have these skills:
- Ability to coach small groups of over 18s through a professional TV production workflow
- Enough basic camera, lighting and sound skills to rescue students if they have trouble setting up equipment, e.g. for an interview
- Enough basic knowledge of editing (including the absolute basics of Premiere and Final Cut Pro X) to support students in their editing
- Ability to deal with contributors and ensure that a reasonable standard of production is achieved on time and budget, even if it requires taking over a task from a student who is unable to complete it
There are two types of production where Cambridge TV can help you to sell your production services to businesses, producing content that can be shown on television. We’re happy to help you with sales to your clients if it results in content for the channel. We have syndication arrangements with the other UK local TV channels – 16 live channels now, rising to 30 by 2016 – as well as a wide reach on the internet.
- Short form ads – Cambridge TV sells 30-second advert slots. Perhaps an existing corporate client of yours is interested in having you make their ad.
- Long form advertorial – Cambridge TV is permitted by Ofcom to run clearly marked advertorials. This could range from 15 minute infomercials based on re-editing content that you may already shoot for your client’s website, to 24 or 48 minute “teleshopping” – craft and hobby demo shows, interspersed with ads for hobby products are particularly popular
- Your client pays you for the production, and pays Cambridge TV for running the ad
- Your existing clients, or other contacts, may be a source of great content for a 3 or 12 minute magazine item, or a whole 24 or 48 minute show. Using Cambridge TV as a sales tool, you can have a business client or funding application cover your production costs, and we will show the programme
- The only constraint for sponsored shows is that the sponsor may not appear in, or be promoted in the show (though they can buy out each entire ad break in the show), so it’s best to find a sponsor who’s not too directly related to the subject matter, e.g. a health food supplier rather than a gym to sponsor a fitness show. We can provide guidelines based on Ofcom regulations.