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EVENTS ‘Ask the Expert’ John Loughman Post Production Supervisor at BBC Studios and Post Production Tell us about you, your job role at BBC S&PP and what led your career in this direction? I received a BA in Media Production from Cumbria Institute of the Arts. In April of my final year at University, I applied for a Trainee Post Production Assistant role at the BBC and I joined In September 2004. I worked as a trainee for two years learning all aspects of Post Production. I undertook three different two week resident courses at the BBC’s Wood Norton training academy. Over the coming years, I increased my knowledge of all aspects of post- production, working across multiple genres. I worked as an Avid assistant on largescale entertainment shows like Comic Relief, Children In Need, Strictly Come Dancing and Friday Download, amongst many others. During this time I also trained as both an EVS operator and Piero operator and worked on various sport programmes including Match of The Day, Grandstand and Football Focus. Working on various sports programmes gave me the opportunity to be a part of global sporting events including Euro 2008, Beijing Olympics, South Africa World Cup, London Olympics and most recently the Brazilian World Cup. In parallel to working on sport events, I spent a lot of time developing workflows and streamlining workflows for large scale Saturday night entertainment shows. In 2008, I became the Lead Assistant on Strictly Come Dancing and Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two. In 2014 I became the Post Production Supervisor for BBC Studios and Post Production (BBC S&PP). Describe in detail the Strictly Come Dancing workflow? Has the workflow changed since the last series? Due to the amount of rushes involved, BBC S&PP undertake all of the data wrangling, media management and content delivery from acquisition to transmission. Rushes are delivered to the data wrangler who quality checks, consistency checks and backs up to a 210 Terabyte Object Matrix storage system. On backup, Metadata is added to the footage. By adding this metadata, the rushes are stored in an organised way. TX Date -> Couple or VT -> Date -> Unique roll number. Once the rushes are backed up to the nearline, a team of loggers (along with the data wrangler) ingest the 48 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 109 JANUARY 2016