Games Makers: A London Satire
It's a force to be reckoned with, capable even of delivering the greatest show on earth. If you want to know how to repeat this in your community, ask a Games Maker to point the way. Ian Hembrow is a senior consultant with The Bridge Group. This content is brought to you by Guardian Professional. Join the local government network for more comment and analysis — and the latest job vacancies — direct to your inbox.
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Loading comments… Trouble loading? He was joined on the management level by Stephen Courtauld and Reginald Baker. In , they built Ealing Studios, transferring all production there in December of that year. In , the company was taken over by the Rank Organisation.
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In the s and s, the facility as ATP and then Ealing Studios produced many comedies with stars such as Gracie Fields , George Formby , Stanley Holloway and Will Hay , who had established their reputations in other spheres of entertainment. The company was also instrumental in the use of documentary film-makers to make more realistic war films. These included Went the Day Well? In , the studio made its influential chiller compendium Dead of Night.
In the post-war period, the company embarked on a series of comedies which became the studio's hallmark.
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These were often lightly satirical and were seen to reflect aspects of British character and society. The first was Hue and Cry and the last Barnacle Bill The best remembered Ealing films were produced between and Whisky Galore!
Initially these crews were equipped with Arriflex ST cameras and EMI L2 quarter inch tape recorders that had to be tethered to one another with a physical sync cable to ensure the picture and sound ran in lock. These made use of 'crystal sync', a system that provided synchronisation between the camera and the tape recorder remotely, removing the need for a physical cable. There were also over 50 cutting rooms, equipped with Steenbeck editing tables, working on every genre except News and Current Affairs.
These programmes had massive post production support, viewing theatres, transfer suites, dubbing theatre, maintenance; all these staff and the film crews made up what was fondly known as the TFS Family.
Given the failure of G4S to provide enough paid workers to act as security guards, indeed, Olympic bosses must be tempted to wonder whether those roles, too, should have been offered to volunteers. In the incongruous setting of "McDonald's university" — an anonymous room in the north London corporate HQ of the burger chain — several dozen people are taking part in a training day.
These are some of the Games Maker elite, the 10, who will lead smaller teams of volunteers throughout the Olympics and Paralympics. The training of volunteers — some 1. According to Chris English, who is co-ordinating the training programme on behalf of McDonald's: "This wasn't about putting an 'M' on everything.
From our point of view this was about saying, we're a good employer, we believe in investing in people, and we work to give our people opportunities through training. The involvement of the company in the Games remains controversial, with critics pointing out that the Olympic Stadium will sit almost alongside the largest fast food restaurant in the world.
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Tomlin bats away criticism: "McDonald's are renowned for training, for engaging with their communities. The fact that there are views and opinions about their product range isn't really something that I was focused on. Nilesh Badiani, a civil servant from Wembley Park, will be co-ordinating transport between central London and the Olympic Park for athletes, officials and the media. But while many successful Games Makers struggle to contain their excitement, the recruitment process has not been without its critics.
Some would-be volunteers have complained that the lack of accommodation provision, or help with transport for those working very late shifts, made it impossible for them to take part.
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Others have expressed frustration with the recruitment process, which meant many had to wait for months to hear if they had been accepted, despite needing to book time off from work if they were successful. Tomlin acknowledges that one of the biggest challenges was in managing expectations in what was always certain to be a lengthy recruitment process. If we interviewed early, they would have a longer period to wait before they got a response. Locog says it will continue to make some appointments until the Games begin.