Ben McMorran - Video Producer - Calico (Work Experience)

Thursday, 10th October 2019


Ben McMorran





Job title (list all job titles for duration of employment)

Video Producer

How long have you been with the company?

Every Friday for 8 weeks

Describe your day-to-day role

I would arrive at Calico get my computer set up and proceed to discuss with fellow coworkers the main ideas we want to get through with the video then I would record audio, film small clips and then go home and edit the video.

What kind of training have you done?

I’ve been practising filming for around 6 years now learning all aspects of film like video, audio and lighting however when I joined Calico they taught me how the whole computer system works and how everything ran so that I could work efficiently and effectively.

What skills have you learned?

I learned how to work well as part of a team.

How to take constructive criticism to improve my work. Also, how to use people's ideas and feedback as well to improve the work.

Have you completed any professional qualifications? If yes, provide details

National 5 - English, Maths, Graphic Communication, Art and design, History and Physics

Higher - English, Graphic Communication, History, Drama and Art and Design

Do you like living and working in the Highlands? Explain why/ why not

It’s a very nice a beautiful place to work and live. I feel it’s incredibly less busy and more relaxed compared to places I’ve visited like Edinburgh, or Glasgow however I believe there are a lot more opportunities in places like that.

What skills are the most important for you to do your job well?

I feel that you have to be hard working, friendly and confident in your ability to do the work that you have been given. You have to be able to work well with others and put in time and effort to get tasks done.

Was there anything about the job that surprised you?

I was surprised by how welcoming and inviting it was. When I originally heard of Calcio I imagined an office building with cubicles however when I arrived I was greeted by so many friendly people who can not only work well together but can enjoy themselves.

Is there anything unusual about your role?

I didn’t find anything that unusual I was set with a task in an area that I enjoy and they allowed me a lot of creativity and breathing space which I feel is essential for me to work.

Do you get a lot of support from your company?

Absolutely! The people of Calico are still supporting me to this day with helpful links or advice to where I can further practise and learn my craft

in film and for that I’m incredibly grateful.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

Getting to work alongside everyone at Calico and having the freedom to experiment and create new ideas that will help people.

Did you always want to pursue a career in this industry?

When I began secondary school I decided I wanted to pursue something in the film industry

What is your advice for young school leavers looking to start an apprenticeship?

It’s one of the best things to do now I’m looking at apprenticeships now instead of Universities. Apprenticeships are places where you can learn something you are interested in, get paid and do it in a fraction of the time it takes at universities.

What is your career goal?

I hope to go off after I’m 18, apply for an apprenticeship and the BBC or something like that and get into the film industry in hopes of one day directing my own films.