Here is a crew photo from Morte D’Arthur and a shot of me operating an EMI 2001 camera with Gillian Lynne looking on. Morte D’Arthur was the first time that I had a chance to operate a camera on a major drama production. I had a lot of encouragement from fellow cameraman, Jim Gray, who encouraged me greatly. Drama became my favoured type of production to work on.
David Short – Cameraman at Pebble Mill from Sept. 1981 until May 1985 (when I transferred to TV Centre)
In the first photo l to r: Toby Horwood, Phil Thickett, Gillian Lynne (seated centrally), Bob Meikle (back right)
(Photo copyright resides with the original holder, no reproduction without permission)
The following comments were added on the Pebble Mill Facebook Group:
Steve Dellow: ‘I’m sure that the last EMI2001’s were in Studio B during autumn ’83….? Then it was Link 125’s all round….and of course the old EMI in Pres?
Dave Bushell: ‘Looks like a 2001 – nasty things!’
Steve Dellow: ‘When I arrived in Sept ’83, Studio A was being refurbished and I was assigned to Colin Speirs to do acceptance testing. So maybe the recordings were done earlier in the year before it was stripped out?
Nasty things? From what I heard,once they were lined up they stayed lined up, not like the Links that needed realigning twice a day! However, they didn’t like being left pointing at a line up chart for an excessive period – like Doug (Services) did when he left it while he went for his dinner! New tube please!’
Dave Bushell: ‘Just stirring it, Steve! I never liked the tinted-monochrome feel of the EMIs but I was a voice crying in the wilderness when I arrived at Pebble Mill in 1984. Criricising the EMI 2001 was not a move guaranteed to endear me as the new boy.’
Steve Dellow: ‘No worries – I was coming from an engineer’s direction! ;-)’
Dave Short: ‘Ask any cameraman who worked during the 70’s or 80’s what was the best camera to operate, and the EMI 2001 would come out tops.’
Is that my Dad Dave Lawson in the middle kneeling down?
Yes, that’s Dave Lawson. Peter Booth (?) lit it. The whole studio was covered with only about 4-5 (massive) lights. More lights, more problems as the adage goes…fantastic.