Life through a lens
What does it take to get that perfect shot? I spoke to regular BAFTA photographer Richard Kendal.
What will you be doing at the Craft Awards?
It sounds obvious but I’ll be taking photographs – from the high profile arrivals right through to the ceremony, backstage shots and the after-party.
What do you enjoy most about covering these types of events?
Being able to document the whole event from start to finish.
What are you looking forward to photographing most on the day?
I don’t tend to wait for the perfect shot. Instead I aim for a really good selection of pics that represent the day. The great shots will happen for you, sometimes when you least expect it.
Why is TV Craft different form the other Awards ceremonies?
It's not so celebrity led so you get more time to think about your shots. Also it’s a great chance for the people behind the scenes to be recognised for all their hard work.
What camera will you being using?
I’ve got two Nikon D2X cameras with a range of lenses (28-70mm, 70-200mm and 17-35mm).
What’s the key to getting a great picture?
Being in the right place at the right time – and a bag of luck!
Where will your photos end up?
Mainly in internal broadcasting media and, of course, on the BAFTA website and in future BAFTA publications.
Describe your best ever shot from previous awards and events.
At the Film Awards in 2007 Helen Mirren kissing her Actress BAFTA.
- See Richard’s Red Carpet shots form the TV Awards
- Find out more about Richard’s work at www.richardkendal.com
Written by Rob Cawston, Website Editor, May 8
The Line up
The Television Craft Awards celebrate the individuals working behind the scenes on Television production or Interactive platforms. This doesn’t mean that the Awards themselves won’t contain all the glitz and glamour of other BAFTA celebrations.
BAFTA / Richard KendalThis year’s line up of presenters – headed by first-time host Claudia Winkleman – is brimming with star names and talent from the world of Television including the latest BAFTA-winning James Corden (right).
Presenters on the night include: Catherine Tate, Imelda Staunton, Jason Isaacs, Tallulah Riley (St.Trinians), Phil Davis, Katie Lyons (Green Wing, Boy A), James Purefoy, Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky), Greg Wise, Rakie Ayola (Holby City), Michael Wood (Presenter and historian), Gerard Kearns (Shameless, The Mark Of Cain), Joan Bakewell and Alan Parker.
Of course, bafta.org will be there on the night posting exclusive images and picture galleries from the ceremony.
Written by Rob Cawston, Website Editor, Wed 30 April
In it together…
The Television Craft Awards honour the talents behind the camera from directors, writers, editors, make up designers to the online talents developing interactive projects. It's an eclectic range of skills but it demonstrates the teamwork that goes into production.
This year we held a joint nomination party for TV and TV Craft Awards at The Landmark and it was great to see all the creative talent re-united to celebrate their nominations. The Awards themselves are often a bit like that. Imelda Staunton, who starred in Cranford, will present a category at the ceremony but she'll also be there to support the Cranford team nominated in seven different categories.
It's always rewarding to see this mutual appreciation between actors and the team that creates and supports their performance. This also translates into a warm and respectful atmosphere at the Awards - a genuine admiration for the work of others, rather than straightforward competition.
Written by Lisa Prime, Children's & Craft Officer, Mon 28 April
It is a tradition at BAFTA screenings that Members sit through the closing credits. Rather than a cue to leave, the credits represent the hard work and range of specialist skills that go into making a feature length film or television programme.
Stock.XCHNG photo #875252Each year the Academy’s Television Craft Awards celebrates the work of the professionals and specialists working behind the scenes in all aspects of Television production. Often unsung, the Awards are their chance to really shine, and they are recognised within the industry as both a mark of excellence and a source of inspiration.
Plus, this year looks set to be extra special with big names from the world of film and television presenting awards (and partying the night away at London’s Dorchester Hotel).
With the changing face of TV, especially its online expansion and the growing popularity of new media, it is worth noting the addition of two new award categories. Interactive Creative Contribution will recognise creative individuals behind ground-breaking new media productions, and Interactive Innovation – Content will be presented for a piece of interactive work that truly pushes the boundaries!. The Director category has been split between Factual and Fiction to reflect the different skill sets involved.
Once again, we will be covering all the night’s events on the BAFTA website. Visit us here on the night for the latest news, interviews and galleries from the ceremony.
Written by Rob Cawston, Website Editor, Tues 24 March