Life Before Ulster
Phil McIvor has 20+ years’ experience of broadcast and production media in a variety of craft and technical roles, including technician, grip, camera-operator, location manager, editor and shoot-editor.
Over 17 years at the BBC, he significantly contributed to local and network output, working on OBs, single camera and TV-studio formats, in highly pressurised environments.
He worked on cross-genre content for live and built productions, including Newsline, Sunday Politics, Nolan Live, The Biggest Weekend, The Arts Show, Sunday Morning Live and many other titles, including minority language programmes.
He covered royal visits, state funerals, elections, party conferences, protests, riots, studio-based comedy, football, rugby, single documentaries, factual series and music festivals. He has experience setting up TV studios at Ulster and Waterfront Halls, Stormont, Crumlin Road Gaol, St Anne’s Cathedral, Mount Stewart, Titanic Belfast and the Ulster Memorial in France. As well as camera and editing specialisms, Phil has live gallery experience and is fluent in the vocabulary and protocol of studio talkback.
Phil took up his post with Ulster University in November 2019.
At the BBC he was actively involved in training new staff, technical trainees and apprentices in the operation and rigging of cameras, studio equipment, PSC cameras and in the craft of editing. He likes to use a mixture of job-shadowing techniques, direct instruction and tactile training to ensure students get enough hands-on experience to become operational as quickly as possible.
He is a great believer in learning on the job and encourages students to proactively find opportunities to put their skills into practice and contribute to output.
Phil has a wide network of contacts in the media industry has been part of a creative alliance that produced short films. He has 3 DOP credits for short movies funded by Northern Ireland Screen.
On a personal level he has completed his PADI Open Water Diver qualification and has (some) experience of shooting underwater! He has a City & Guilds qualification in photography.