In 1976, whilst a camera assistant, at BBC tv Film Department, I was asked if I was prepared to spend 3 months living in Bolton General Hospital to shoot a 9 part documentary series. This was the first time a hospital had agreed to "a fly on the wall" documentary.
I was given temporary promotion to Film Cameraman.
The series won multiple awards including A Prix Italia, a BAFTA and a broadcasting Press Guild award.
The series was produced and directed brilliantly by Tim King and the executive producer was Roger Mills.
I was fortunate to have a wonderful crew.
Brian Marsden Jones as 1st AC,
Chris King and Julian Baldwin, sound recordists
Terry Lucking, assistant recordist.
The films proved a breakthrough moment for me, as I was given full promotion to film Cameraman 9 months later and my career really took off from there.
The films were shot in standard 16mm Kodak negative on an Eclair NPR.
The brief was to create a different look for each film .
No film lights were used, everything was shot in available light.