AB Thinks  →  20th April 2016

Self-portrait‰… Liam Garrahan

Liam Garrahan

In my position as a video journalist, I create engaging video content for a number of our clients. It‰’s my job to make sure that frontline staff are well represented and to champion their achievements and roles.

I cover every aspect of production from planning, through filming and editing, to the final cut, using an array of graphics and editing techniques.

What is the biggest challenge you currently face in your role?

I think it‰’s finding ways to turn written stories into video, while adding extra colour and background that will differentiate them from the written piece.

With a bit of teamwork and creativity, we find ways around this issue. Take our story on Euro 2016 for otm as an example; we were looking for something that staff could engage with, while also representing TfL‰’s diverse team. The result was a five-question quiz between an Englishman and Frenchman, set out in the style of a penalty shootout. You can have a look yourself here.

What‰’s the best thing about working at AB?

The people, hands down. Everyone looks out for each other and the office is a great environment to work in.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

A professional footballer. But I‰’m still a kid, so I haven‰’t given up on that dream just yet‰…

Who would play you in the movie about your life?

I was asked this a few years ago and I suggested Jack Black because he‰’s short, fat and not very funny, but no one else agreed and came up with Zach Braff, who is the complete opposite.

Which three celebrities would you invite to your ultimate dinner party?

Danny DeVito, Peter Dinklage and Verne Troyer. For once in my life, I want to be the tallest person at the dinner table. If I can also have a butler, I‰’ll choose Warwick Davis in his Ewok costume.

Where is your favourite holiday destination and why?

Los Angeles. It‰’s just such a strange city detached from reality. I love Santa Monica and Venice Beach, and touring the iconic Hollywood backlots never gets boring. Griffith Park offers some of the best views of a cityscape you could possibly imagine, and there‰’s always something on at the Staples Center. Not everyone‰’s convinced by the fabricated hipster lifestyle, but if you take the place at face value, there‰’s no way you won‰’t have a great time.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Emilia Clarke. She‰’s fantastic as Daenerys Targaryen, I just wish she wouldn‰’t lower herself to naff rom-coms (I‰’m looking at you, Me Before You).

What‰’s your favourite thing you‰’ve seen online recently?

Anything cat, otter or raccoon-related.

What‰’s the most played song on your iPod (no lying)?

Rabbit Hole by Blink-182. Sorry for not being more embarrassing.