I’m always up for learning some new skills. And as I regularly harp on about the need to diverge with skills, as the creative industries converge, I spent a day as a camera director for a concert shoot in Preston. The gig was a choir and orchestra concert at Preston Minster, directing 5 cameras. I had the scores to read and needed to have cameras pointing at the right place at the right time basically! Think it went well, though the editing will be the judge. The job made me focus on how a music performance can be visualised. Shots of the right performer at the right time is one thing, but pan, zoom and registration all have to respond to the emotion and passion of the performers, as well as the texture, flow and character of the music – in this case, Handel, Vivaldi and Puccini. This job came through blast-from-the=past Bob Christie at Langdale Productions.