- Job title:
- Post Production Apprentice
Daniel Owen was still pulling pints behind the bar at his local pub last year and probably would have scoffed at any suggestion he would be working on a primetime BBC Drama series in just a few months' time.
These days however, the 21-year-old from Treorchy is all smiles after successfully applying to Creative Skillset Cymru's Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media and securing a year long placement working with the BBC Wales production team on the flagship emergency medical drama, Casualty.
I don't usually get star-struck but it's strange walking past the actors you see on telly every day. I was watching them on TV one week and now I'm working with them.
The young man from the Rhondda is now happily working at the Roath Lock studios - BBC Wales's plush new Drama Village in Cardiff Bay and the new home for the Casualty accident and emergency department.
"I was over the moon and it didn't hit me for a while that I'd got it. I was out of work and just doing some bar shifts in the local pub. I'd had some work experience with an independent TV company for one day, but that was about it.
"The Creative Skillset Cymru application was my first application to work in the media industry and luckily, the BBC was looking for what I had. I still can't believe that I'm actually working on Casualty. I don't usually get star-struck but it's strange walking past the actors you see on telly every day. I was watching them on TV one week and now I'm working with them."
There's so much more to post production than what people perceive. There's a huge team needed to create a production and it's really interesting to see what the different aspects of it are.
The apprenticeship has provided Daniel with the perfect springboard to further develop his creative talent whilst gaining vital industry experience.
"I'm a post production apprentice and what I've loved about the experience so far is the fact that the days are so varied and it's not monotonous at all. I'm the rushes runner at the moment, entrusted with each day's footage and I transport it to the facilities house where the post production work can take place and the footage can be ingested ready for editing.
"I drive to different locations and I back up all the digital cards as well, just in case something happened to any of the footage. I've also been shadowing different roles within post production such as the edit assistants. I've been writing down all the processes I've learnt and what the edit assistants do. When I have to do them myself, I can just look back at the file and follow the instructions.
"It's mad how much I've done already. There's so much more to post production than what people perceive. There's a huge team needed to create a production and it's really interesting to see what the different aspects of it are."
Just by spending one day with the sound editor, I knew immediately that's what I wanted to do. I've also been shadowing the dubbing mixer.
Daniel has an academic background in producing music and has also produced short films in his spare time. Only a month into his placement, he believes he's already been able to marry both passions and has found his niche vocation as a sound editor or dubbing mixer in post production.
"Just by spending one day with the sound editor, I knew immediately that's what I wanted to do. I've also been shadowing the dubbing mixer. It's amazing because not many people realise how much sound is added into a TV drama. When a door swings open and closes on Casualty, the sound is added in. Even the sound of the trolleys moving is added in. I think that's what brings any TV programme alive."
Would Daniel recommend the Creative Skillset Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media to anyone?
"Definitely - I've learnt so much within a month of being here. If it wasn't for this Creative Skillset Apprenticeship, I don't know where I would be now. I definitely don't think I would be doing anything near as good as what this Apprenticeship has given me. I've recommended Creative Skillset Cymru as a port of call to lots of people who have been asking how I got into it."