Leeds Beckett students handed exclusive filming opportunity
Broadcast from the Copper Box in London's Queen Elizabeth Park, home to the London 2012 Olympic Handball and Basketball finals, the team of students produced a series of live multi-camera broadcasts with live graphic input and half-time/full-time analysis, whilst covering the U-18 games and men’s and women’s national cup finals.
Kate Hoban, third year student and project leader, said: “The event required extensive planning and preparation, and much liaising with the client. We worked extremely hard prior to, and during the event, which resulted in a successful and professional looking broadcast which has received praise from both the client and viewers."
The footage, which was streamed live on YouTube, was part of the students assessed work for their Live Broadcast Portfolio module. Hugo Smith, Senior Lecturer in Broadcast Media Technologies in the School of Computing, Creative Technologies and Engineering, said: “The broadcast came at the end of a hectic assessment period that saw final year students provide multi-camera outside broadcast coverage of live music performances at The Library and The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds as well as The Unconference Music panels during the Live at Leeds Digital and Music Festival. It also saw students assessed while working professionally at both Heart FM and Leeds United TV.”
Having been viewed in 99 territories around the world, the live stream has already received more views on YouTube than last year’s footage, the BBC used a clip for their regional news programme (see below from 21.22 mins) and the students are currently preparing a highlights package for Sky. Chris Pearce, Marketing and Communications Manager, England Handball, commented: “I would like to express how impressed I was with the live streaming by Leeds Beckett University. The end product looked very professional and was a step up from the already impressive coverage the year before.
“It was a pleasure working with Kate and Victorine who led the team. They took my brief and came up with additional ideas, working hard to ensure the broadcast looked slick, all information was correct and that I was kept up-to-date at all times. I particularly admired their patience as they discovered receiving accurate information in handball requires a lot of persistence! They, and all of the team, were a credit to the University.”
Praise even came from one of the clubs participating. NEM Hawks, winners of the U18’s boys and girls finals, commented via YouTube: “Excellent coverage - very professional - congratulations to all concerned.”
On receiving the feedback, Hugo added: “Although it is physically trying and practically difficult to run activities like this and to complete this kind of coverage, the University is committed to expanding the range of what we do to improve the student experience. To read Chris’s feedback and such positive comments from teams like the NEM Hawks is testament to the student’s commitment and hard-work;
it makes everyone’s extra effort worthwhile.”
The national games were won by Warrington Wolves men’s team, who beat London GD 29-21, and Olympia women’s team, who beat Coventry Sharks 19-18.