LIVE SPORTS DIRECTION
Delivered on 14-18 March 2022, the ‘Live Sports Direction’ course took place in Beaconsfield, UK.
The ‘Live Sports Direction’ course incorporated the essence of HBS’s experience of working on world-class sporting events and used state-of-the-art EVS broadcast technology that replicated an outside broadcast environment to replace expensive production infrastructures.
In Partnership with the National Film & Television School
Date: 14-18 March 2022
Number of Places: 10
Duration: 5 Days
Course Fee: 1795£ (Freelance rate) 1995£ (Corporate rate)
How to Apply: Please fill out the registration form listed at the bottom of the page.
*In case of non-participation, we follow a non-refund policy, for avoidance of doubt in case of non-participation no refund will be done by Broadcast Academy to the user. If Broadcast Academy cancels the course, participants are entitled to a full refund.
* Only shortlisted applicants were invited to participate in this course.
The ‘Live Sports Direction’ course incorporates the essence of HBS’s experience of working on world-class sporting events and uses state-of-the-art EVS broadcast technology that replicates outside broadcast environment to replace expensive production infrastructures.
This objective of this training was to benefit those who would like to take on the lead role in Sports Direction, practice the art of storytelling, and handle different camera formations. The theoretical and practical aspects of the course aim to encourage and develop the expertise and creativity of participants. The course focused on football, tennis and handball.
- To adopt the best practice for sports story telling across slow motion and replays in football, tennis and handball
- Understand the use of different cameras in a live sports production
- Develop the ability to undertake medium to large productions
- Understand various roles in a production team and work effectively as a team
- Able to effectively use the configured EVS XT3 and X-One
Sample Course Plan
Note: The below course agenda is for reference purposes only.
|Day 1: Theory & Practise
Day 2: Theory & Practise
Day 3: Practise
Practise session on the Live TV Simulator session and EVS replay system ─ Direct a Tennis match
Day 4: Theory & Practise
Day 5: Practise & Conclusion
John Watts, Executive Sports Producer & Director
John Watts is one of the world’s most experienced multi-camera live sports directors. He has directed the host broadcast coverage at the FIFA World Cup™, UEFA Champions League, Rugby World Cup, Olympics, etc. He has won a BAFTA award and received 10 nominations, plus four Royal Television Society awards and an RTS Fellowship.
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The Professional Equipment
Live TV Simulator XT3
Based on EVS technology, the XT3 Live TV Simulator is a tool to re-create the experience of live direction within a controlled environment. It includes two EVS XT3 live video servers with two remotes and an IP director – enabling up to 12 ISO camera feeds in High Definition 1080i format for ingest/playout, instant replay and slow-motion tools and a Dyvi live video switcher. The system allows a single production operator to create replays, control audio, cut together a live feed with a built-in video switcher and even add graphics to live programming.
The X-One enables up to 6 ISO camera feeds in High Definition 1080i format for ingest/playout. Based on EVS technology of X-One, the Unified Live Production Simulator can import any other media files. X-One features a contextualised user interface (UI) that adapts to the type of production on which it is deployed. This allows a single operator to manage graphics, audio and replays with ease.
Comments From the Past Sessions
“The course gave me practical help to learn how to direct major sports events, and to take this next step in my career.”
“Thank you for the excellent training session!”
“It is important for women to not shy away from opportunities and to acquire skills, confidence and experience to rise in this field.”
“John and the rest of the team were great and it was useful to meet professionals from so many parts of the world. It was the best training he has ever had and I do not disagree with him.”