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The making of Inexcess, by Roger Appleton

Roger Appleton

Roger joined Inexcess TV having worked as an independent producer/director for many years making programmes for Granada TV, BBC and Channel Five.

He says, "Now is a very exciting time to be working with Inexcess. There is a changing landscape in attitudes to addiction and recovery and this is mirrored in the changing environment in the media. More and more people are turning to the internet and broadband to consume their media and so I think Inexcess is right at the forefront of content and the technology to deliver that content."

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"Inexcess TV is right at the forefront of content and technology."




Series Three

Posted by Roger Appleton on Monday, March 16th, 2009

Our trip to the 2nd North West Recovering Communities Conference last week was well worth the petrol money.

On entering Stockport Town Hall we were met by a room of about 400 delegates all bent on spreading the word of recovery.

Old friends were there like Jacquie from Sharp, Tom from TTP and Maggie from Community Voice. We had previously met up with Mark Gilman the man at the helm of NTA Northwest and he was happy to talk on camera for five minutes about the conference and the recovery community. It seems that the North West is something of a leader in the country and Mark is certainly driving things forward.

We were really there to catch up with Deirdre Boyd to get some words of wisdom on tape for our next series. Deirdre runs a tight ship down at Addiction Today and has been a champion of recovery for many years.

We shot both interviews against the busy hall and I think really captured the buzz that was about at the conference. By the magic that is new technology we were able to scurry back to the office and at least one of the interviews was up and onsite by the evening. This is something we would like to do more of in the future – quick turn around shoots and straight onto the site.

The next series is filling our days at the moment and when we go live next Monday (23.3.09) I think we should have a pretty go set of programmes. Our net has been cast across the land and we have guests of genuine national calibre.

Geoff and Kris have been busy shooting interviews and specials for the web site including our old friend Duane O’Kane who was over from Canada to deliver a lecture and workshop.

About 3 months ago we invested in a stedicam and we finally dusted it off and strapped it onto Kris. This was part of our promo shoot for Sharp. It’s made by Merlin and is easy to use but gives you an incredible flexibility when shooting. The camera “floats” infront of the operator and allows for maximum movement with a well balanced and steady picture. Hollywood comes to Inexcess!

I’m looking forward to meeting up with our freelance crew for the new series and renewing our friendship with Toxteth TV – that’s where the next series will be shot. It’s amazing what you can produce with a young crew, relatively little kit and a big studio space. We should also not forget the efforts of Blue Fish who provide the broadcast link that means you can watch the shows live on-line. Technology eh, bloody hell.

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