BBC Australia

Freelance cameraman case study

The BBC is the world’s oldest national broadcasting organisation, which employs 23,000 staff worldwide. The BBC broadcasts and creates television, radio, news, music, and web-based content.


The BBC commissioned a Dream Engine camera crew to film an interview for their “Witness” program. The interview subject was Kathy Etchingham, Jimi Hendrix’s girlfriend during his meteoric rise to rock stardom, who is now living in Melbourne.


Because the BBC’s production team were based in London, our camera crew in Melbourne ensured that they understood the brief and communicated clearly with the producers at every stage of the production process. Our camera crew took time to light and prepare the space for the interview, and utilised a broadcast-quality camera and sound equipment to ensure that the interview was recorded perfectly.

As a freelance camera crew, another part of our role is to build a rapport with the interview subject, to be professional, and to be courteous to them in their own home. When a Dream Engine camera crew in hired by one of our clients, such as the BBC in this case, we make it a priority to be as helpful, respectful and polite as they would expect from their own staff.


Dream Engine supplied the BBC with beautiful, high-definition interview footage. To ensure our client’s property was secure, we kept a backup on our RAID system, whilst the footage was transferred to the BBC in London via hard-drive. The interview was edited together and distributed online on the BBC’s website, as well as through social media, reaching a huge audience. 

From The Client

"Dream Engine were easy to work with, professional and delivered really nice rushes. They filmed an interview locally, whilst we remotely managed from London. Ryan and Nick made sure we were up to date on any developments along the way. I would work with them again. Life-savers and all round amazing filmmakers... Thanks for your help this week."


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