‘Making It On the Big Screen’ aired on 27 February as part of the BBC Radio 1’s Stories strand and followed the station’s film critic Rhianna Dhillon as she took a close look at what it takes to get a job in the movie business both in-front of and behind the camera.
As well as contemplating making her own film through crowd funding, meeting actors and directors and taking acting classes, presenter Dhillon examined and explained some of the movie world’s more obscure job roles such as gaffer, ADR editor and clapper loader.
The 1x60-minute documentary is the first of five new Radio 1 commissions for Wise Buddah that will air in 2012.
The others are: ‘SonicSuperHero:
Wise Buddah head of content Simon Willis said: "This is the sixth high quality documentary we have produced for Radio 1 and Radio 1 Xtra over the past 6 months, with four more in pre-production for the remainder of 2012. This is a very important part of Wise Buddah's new three year connected-content strategy so we're delighted to get Radio 1's continuing support".
‘Making It On the Big Screen’ featured interviews with Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe, Bafta Rising Star winner Adam Deacon and veteran actor Michael Pennington who plays Michael Foot in the Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady.
Other contributions came from The Crying Game producer Stephen Whoolley, and Rory Aitken, the co-founder of production company Between The Eyes.
Described as a “fun and punchy” documentary, ‘Making It On the Big Screen’ combined studio and location based vox pops with fly-on-the-wall recording and a strong musical soundtrack that helped to drive both atmosphere and narrative.
It can be heard on the BBC iPlayer for the next seven days: http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Researched, recorded and edited in a four-week period, the documentary was produced by Jade Hutchinson – who also came up with the original idea – alongside assistant producer Kirsty McQuire, executive producer Jo Meek and engineer Gurdeep Singh. The commissioning editor at Radio 1 was Piers Bradford.
The Radio 1’s Stories strand airs on Monday nights at 9pm and covers a range of musical and cultural topics.
About Wise Buddah Content (Radio)
Wise Buddah produces a range of music and speech-based radio shows for both the BBC and commercial broadcasters. Credits include The Johnnie Walker Show and The Russell Davies Song Show for BBC Radio 2 and The Huey Show for BBC 6 Music.
The company, which has offices in London and Manchester, also makes one-off specials and documentaries for BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio 5Live and the World Service.
Wise Buddah Radio is part of the Wise Buddah Content division, a sub-sector of the Wise Buddah group of companies that also includes divisions for Studios, Jingles and Talent Management.
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Will Strauss is a freelance journalist, writer, editor and designer based in Leeds. His specialist subjects are business, finance and technology particularly within television, radio and new media although as a B2B writer he can turn his hand to pretty much any subject thrown his way including DIY and construction.