With the London 2012 Olympic Games fast approaching, there is going to be a huge demand on production facilities within the UK. With an estimated 20,000 accredited media visiting the London 2012 Olympic venues on a daily basis, local resources will be in high demand. The big boys will have already block booked many local amenities so if you haven’t already done so it’s time to put your game plan in place.
Top of the agenda is sourcing a base from which to operate from. It is worth remembering that the games are not just being held within central London but spread across 34 locations throughout the UK. Considering a venue on the outskirts of the city will give you better access to other Olympic sites, getting in and out of London will be a lot easier than getting across London and most production companies will come with their own parking spaces. Hotel accommodation will also be at a premium and in high demand so moving out will be a lot cheaper and possibly a lot less stressful.
Once you have sorted your editing facilities you need to make sure you have all the equipment and man power in place to do the job. Do you have camera operators lined up; have you ordered enough recording stock; do you have the right equipment to film? And if you want to use a professional presenter they will need to be booked now. Also access permits in and out of the main site will be difficult to come by, so getting alternative suppliers to cut and polish your material outside the main hubbub should be considered.
Also it is worth giving some thought to courier services to transport rushes and equipment to different venues or facilities. It is better to get companies lined up now than be caught out due to high demand during the event.
To start planning for the London 2012 Olympic Games, here are a number of useful sites available that will give you up to date information on the games and where to apply for accreditation.
London 2012 www.london2012.com The official website for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. The site contains useful information on sports and venues, news, plans & a blog.
Press Accreditation for London 2012 Olympics www.olympic.org which provides information about accreditation, facilities & services for the media during the Olympics.
BOA Media Accreditation Advisory, London 2012 www.olympic.org.uk. For accreditation you need to download the British Olympic Association Accreditation Application Form.
BBC’s London 2012 website www.bbc.co.uk/2012. The 2012 site gives users a single entry point, a showcase of BBC content relating to London 2012, drawing on news, sport, programmes from the BBC archive & more.