Vanuatu’s plastic ban: Video producer with the BBC

Here’s a recent piece I pitched as video producer to BBC Reel, whom I am commissioned by; I work as a video production gun for hire but have a background in video journalism. If you don’t know this arm of the BBC they do some great little stories from around the world, commissioned from the organisation’s New York office. This piece also ran globally on the BBC World News TV channel.

Vanuatu has one of the toughest plastic bans in the world and as of December it will be the toughest. I wanted to highlight that; producing environmentally-focused pieces can get overwhelming. There is a lot of bad sh*t happening in the world, but good people are doing good things, too. There has to be hope. And producing videos about them makes sense to me.

Speaking of tough, producing journalistic work like this to the visual and technical standard expected for TV is tough going when working alone. I always think the term ‘video journalist’ doesn’t quite capture it, conjuring up stressed and overworked journalists who would rather be focussing on their investigation, not their focus ring. Which, given video journalists are researching, interviewing, wrangling, flying drones, editing, backing up files at night, and driving too, would be understandable. I consider this ‘short documentary’ work!

Thankfully on this trip to Vanuatu’s Efate island (in and around the capital, Port Vila) I was able to plan enough, over enough time, to make sure the video production was of the high quality you’d expect on the BBC. No viewer has to know it wasn’t a three-person team 🙂 And it was lots of fun, given Vanuatu’s friendly people and respect for the environment, which I hope this video shows. You can watch the piece on the BBC’s website.