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Gareth Roberts

BSc (Hons) Television Production & Technology 


The TV and film industry isn’t a place for lone wolves, it’s a machine filled with working parts that each play a unique role, but couldn’t function without each other. Wrexham Glyndŵr introduced me to a lot of like-minded students who had the same attitude towards the industry as myself, and this is a great starting point to learn how different individuals work, but to ultimately learn how to work together as a team.

I'm currently a video editor and camera operator working with broadcast cameras, cine-cameras and DSLRs and I am also a fully licensed UAV (drone) pilot. Day to day I film content for the NHS, the police and many other clients across the globe, but I am beginning to work more and more in big events such as music festivals and sporting competitions.

Less than two years after graduating I had already done work in Amsterdam, Vienna and other places in Europe, but the biggest highlight so far has to be working as a cameraman at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea! I helped cover the men’s Ice Hockey tournament by making short video features and athlete profiles to be distributed to broadcasters all over the world.

I shopped around a few different universities before making my decision and I was accepted into others, but I saw a lot of character in the staff running my course at Glyndŵr and that they clearly had a lot of knowledge to share, and the learning facilities like the TV studio were fantastic! I don’t regret my decision at all.

I was a hard working student at Glyndŵr, I would always make sure that I met deadlines and that my work was always to the best of my ability… But I always found the right balance to have fun with my fellow students both in University and in our own time! Uni is a time that you’ll never forget, so it’s just as important to enjoy yourself as it is to get the grades you want.

As I mentioned earlier, the TV and film industry is a machine with unique parts playing different roles all working towards the same goal, and Glyndŵr allowed me to meet many different people (both students and staff) that are wanting to or have already played a part within the industry, and their personalities are similar to a lot of the people that I have worked with so far. Because of this I understand how others work and how I can help them within their roles.

For other people wanting to work in this industry, I would say to work hard, persevere and believe in yourself! It sounds cliché but if you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will.

A big thing for me doing what I do is that I love doing it! Working with video involves long days and late nights which feels like a chore to a lot of people, but because I love what I do so much, my job doesn’t feel like a job! And I see that a lot in the people that I work with.

I'd definitely recommend studying at Wrexham Glyndŵr. You can make some great friends like I did (some of who I work with today), there are plenty of experienced people who always want to help and the facilities are brilliant. You get a real insight into many different departments within the industry, from broadcast to filmmaking!

For me, the stand out moment by far was graduating. Three years of hard work, all-nighters with energy drinks and great times with peers, all amounted to wearing the cap and gown and getting my degree! It really put everything into perspective for me just how much I had achieved, yet still how that was only the beginning of a great career.

Basically, Glyndŵr was the best first step in my career.

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