The Secret World of Events

Gallowglass event crew at Hampton Court Palace

As event crewing specialists, we have over 20 years’ experience in every sector of the events industry. From theatre productions, road shows and exhibitions to festivals, corporate events, films and more - we cover it all!

Sometimes we have to keep some of our biggest and most exciting projects a secret, and occasionally we’re told nothing about the project until we turn up on the day. This adds to the excitement of a job and means that no two working days are the same. There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes in this ever-growing industry. Here’s just a glimpse into the secret world of events.

Our Secret Jobs

We are lucky enough to be involved in some grand projects that require a high amount of care and skill, as well as confidentiality. There are so many fantastic jobs we’ve worked on that we simply cannot tell you about, and that’s all part of the fun. Signing a non-disclosure agreement form before getting started on a project is often a must for some of our clients, and we’re more than happy to respect their need for total confidentiality.

Working on filming events such as Kingsman: The Golden Circle and James Bond: Skyfall, the crew get to see aspects of what goes on behind the scenes at secret locations, which they appreciate as a wonderful privilege. This exclusivity and element of surprise is often credited as one of the best parts of being an event crew member, even though our lips are sealed about the work until official release dates. Although the crew may have to work incredibly long and tough shifts, it is certainly worth it when a job has been completed and they can see how they have contributed to an epic project.

Walking into the Unknown

Often our crews will be called in at the very last minute to a particular location with little to no additional information. These are some of the most exciting projects we work on. Just imagine being able to list The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Transformers: The Last Knight, music videos with Taylor Swift and Olly Murs, as highlights of your working week!

Our crews are prepared to take on any challenge - from filming a car chase around Buckingham Palace for the latest Transformers film to unloading trucks full of priceless works of art.

This fast-paced industry requires them to be flexible, knowledgeable and highly skilled, which is why we put so much time and effort into our training programmes to ensure that every member meets our high standards.

It’s Not All About Speed

Although working efficiently to tight deadlines is one of the core elements of the job, for some projects we have to know when to take our time. We often handle incredibly valuable and even rare items. Such jobs still have deadlines, but it’s vital that our teams provide the highest level of care possible and take the time to ensure that nothing is damaged or lost. Be it lifting a beautiful Lamborghini onto a plinth, transporting priceless paintings around a stately home or carrying a skeleton around the National History Museum; everything needs to be done with the utmost concentration and care to ensure the job is done to the highest standards.

On other occasions we stored and moved the incredible boat that famously opened the Bond film “The World Is Not Enough”, we moved it onto the Dome for the Millennium celebrations in 2000. We brought the traffic to a standstill as we towed it from our warehouse in Park Royal all the way across London to Greenwich!
 
We had possession of the FIFA World Cup trophy (Jules Rimet Trophy) and the Rugby World Cup trophy (Webb Ellis Trophy) at one point for an event.
 
Another incredible project was the Opening Ceremony of London 2012, when we had a team on the roof of the Olympic Stadium, helping control the five rings coming together and the arrival of the many Mary Poppins, as well as a large number of Crew Chiefs and Senior Crew embedded within the cast in the middle of the stadium as the ceremonies unfolded. Every day offers Gallowglass crew members something different and we look forward to whatever is coming up next.

Being an event crew member is both an exciting and educational experience, it requires a lot of hard work, flexibility and reliability to maintain our clients’ trust. If you are looking for event crew jobs in London or any of our other UK locations and think you’ve got what it takes, why not apply today?  It could be you working on the next secret event!

About the author

Chairman, Gallowglass Group

Paul co-founded Gallowglass 21 years ago and has since expanded a single crewing operation into an international group of companies offering a complete range of support services for the events and entertainment industries.  His key input is to identify innovations and avenues for growth, and the wherewithal to broaden the Group's offering around the world.

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