Bournemouth University: Students broadcast live to the Netherlands from Bournemouth’s studios

Thirty students from Breda University of Applied Science (BUAS) in the Netherlands have been enjoying a three-week intensive TV Studio Course in the new 4K studios at Bournemouth University.

BUAS Students in the studio galleryBUAS Students in Bournemouth’s studio gallery
The BUAS students were tasked to make two 30-minute factual magazine TV shows using Bournemouth University’s facilities, which were streamed live to audiences in the Netherlands and the UK.

Four Television Production students from Bournemouth, Emily Ayling, Adam Bridge-Robinson, Amy Lee and Ella Lewis, mentored their colleagues from the Netherlands throughout their project.

They also received teaching from Executive Producer Stephanie Farmer, from Bournemouth’s Faculty of Media and Communication, and specialist technical tutors Adrian Butterworth, Alan Fox and Tom Stone.

Their first show, Life’s A Beach, looked at the challenges faced in keeping Bournemouth’s beaches and sea clean, before exploring the Selfie Wall trail with local artist Miroslav Lucan. The broadcast finished with a feature on the town’s surf culture, including two guest surfing dogs live in the studio.

Their second programme, Superlatives, highlighted Bournemouth’s cultural offering including features on the KL19 gallery, where committed presenter Viktoriya Beshovishka interviewed contemporary artist Kristiyan Iliev whilst being tattooed by him! The programme also included features on the Russell Cotes gallery and museum and a studio interview with Lorna Rees of performance artists Geophonic.

Stephanie Farmer, Executive Producer for RedBalloon Productions, the professional production arm of the Faculty of Media and Communication, said, “It is so great to have our Dutch friends back on campus after a two year break due to COVID! We are so proud of what they achieve in just three weeks.

“They have to get to grips with location filming and finding interesting local stories and contributors, as well as challenging studio roles such as Directing, Vision Mixing, Floor Managing and so on.

“On top of all that they design and make the studio sets. This year we had two dogs in the studio, a beach ‘bar’, an artist, and stories about pollution and dog surfing! The students really push themselves to achieve the best they can”.

Fritz Kohle, tutor at BUAS who also accompanied the students, said, “As impressive as the new studio is, both TV shows would not have been possible without the expert BU teachers giving their best. My students not just passed, they excelled with flying colours.”