Featured Interview: Lee Clements, PA for NBC’s 2012 Olympic Games
Q: How did you get involved with NBC and the 2012 Olympics?
A: I had previously worked as a PA in the Avid suites for Carr-Hughes Productions, for World Equestrian Games and the Rolex Three-Day Event. When NBC called Carr-Hughes asking for PA's, they very graciously offered them my contact information.
Q: What will your role be in the project? (How long will you be in London for?)
A: I'll be in London for about three weeks--before the Games start, until right after they finish. My primary responsibilities will be assisting the editor with whatever he needs--could be research, marking timecode on clips, etc.--as well as being available to help the producer.
Q: How do you think this production will be different than others you have worked on in the past? (Can you share a couple of other productions or clients you’ve worked with?)
A: The Olympics are the best sports event I've ever worked--I was a camera assistant for the Biathlon at Vancouver 2012, and the way that all nationalities come together and put such a huge event to air is really invigorating. This time around, I'll be sitting inside the IBC, surrounded by Americans from NBC, as opposed to last time when I was outside at Olympic Park, surrounded by Norwegians. So hopefully, my job this time won't involve setting up a 300-meter dolly track in the snow!
Q: Do you have any other production projects lined up after the Olympics in London?
A: As soon as I get back from the Olympics, I will register for classes to begin my second year studying for my Master of Fine Arts degree from Regent University. I have several shorts that I plan on shooting whilst at school, but I'm also working to become a Steadicam owner/operator--I've been an operator for almost three years, just need the "owner" part.
Q: What tips would you give to upcoming PA’s trying to get their foot in the door?
A: Be flexible. My PA experience so far has used all of my prior experience as an engineer, operator, editor, gaffer, anything--you never know what they'll need, and you'll never know what will impress them.
Q: What are you most excited for in regards to your trip to London, and being a part of the production for the 2012 Olympics in London?
A: The Olympics represent the pinnacle of live sports production, and I'm excited to be back in the throes of it. As far as my trip goes, it's going to be a long one--I'm returning from Hawaii (where I am with my Army Reserve unit) and flying to London on the same day. I'll be crossing 11 time zones and travelling nearly half the globe! I'm also excited to see some production friends who time and distance have kept me from for a while. I haven't been to London in years, and I'm honored to be a part of NBC's team for these Summer Games, even in such a small role. I hope to be a part of as many Olympics as I can!
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