Sports Production Diploma students score summer placements with one of the world’s largest independent sports producers

(NFTS Sports Production Diploma - Bartek Tuzanski, Callum Holloway, Jamie Hyman, Josh McGee, Remi Odoit, Tom Hickson)

Students on the National Film and Television School  Diploma in Sports Production get to experience the realities of producing live sports content through 4 week summer placements. The 12-month full-time course is delivered in partnership with IMG Productions, one of the world’s largest independent producers, and equips students with the skills required to produce state-of-the-art sports and live events coverage, highlights content and other material. We caught up with Josh, Bartek, Callum and Remi to find out more:

Josh McGee was thrown in the deep end and experienced promotional videos and short form video editing for Motorsports programmes like the FIM Speedway Grand Prix and the World Rally Cross. He also got the opportunity to go on location on an Outside Broadcast in Cardiff where the British leg of the Speedway Grand Prix was taking place. That gave him experience of how to produce content on the ground and bring it back to IMG from beginning to end. Other opportunities included doing short edits for social media. Josh said of his experience: “I really liked seeing what it’s like to work in a professional environment and learn the workflow from start to finish. Going to the live Speedway event to do short cuts for social was great – I got to see the broadcast truck and it was cool to see the media teams in the pit. I’ve made loads of contacts while I’ve been at IMG and everyone has encouraged me to stay in touch. I either want to produce live sport or magazine show features when I graduate.”

Bartek Turzanski’s placement on Premier League Productions in the Media Management team gave him the opportunity to experience different software packages through handling and logging a wide range of material from clips to subtitling and compiling sequences so they are ready to log. According to Billy Leonard who runs the Media Management team, good communication skills are essential and being a football fan comes in useful as it helps if you can identify the players. Billy was impressed by Bartek’s knowledge of software like Avid and praised the NFTS Diploma for having more experienced students with a high level of understanding and logic. Bartek said of his experience: “It gave me a really good overview of how things work in post-production and it was a great opportunity to make contacts. My goal is to produce live events and I am going to experience that later in August at the Athletics Championships, where I am making a feature about the fans and atmosphere as part of my graduation project for the course.”

Callum Holloway worked on Trans World Sport, the world’s longest running weekly international television sports programme, which is broadcast worldwide across a variety of channels. Trans World Sport covers all sports in features that last for 7-10 minutes. Callum experienced three shoots while at IMG where he shadowed the Assistant Producer and camera operator including an athlete who won a bronze medal at Rio; a Muay Thai kick boxer and a featherweight boxer who is tipped to be world champion. The last shoot was organised by Callum and took place at the St. Marys Football Stadium as the boxer’s dream is to fill the stadium one day. As Callum arranged the shoot, he got to do the edit for it including the scripting and picking the music. “I’d like to go into an Assistant Producing job – I really enjoyed researching the stories and drafting the interview questions. I always knew I wanted to work in sports and was fed up with working in the office 9-5 so I started to search for ways to get into the industry and found the NFTS course.”

Remi Odoit placement was on Golfing World, which is broadcast all over the world and shown on Sky Sports 4 weekly in the UK. Golfing World is a magazine show which gives a detailed insight into what is happening on the golf tours around the world and also a look into the history and personalities in the game. Remi experienced three different shoots including the Open Final Qualifying Series; a shoot of the landscape of a golf club for a feature and a Gary Player Invitational, the world’s leading golf charity series. During the shoots, Remi got to operate the camera and worked closely with a camera operator who was a great teacher. Afterwards, he also experienced editing of features.. “I want to do features and editing and the experience at IMG gave me the reassurance that this is definitely what I want to do. It was a really good internship! I really wanted to work in sport so looked for sports production courses; I particularly enjoy getting to work with other students at the School.”

If you love sports and would love a career in sports production, the NFTS Sports Production Diploma is open for applications until the 27th September! See for more information.