I've filmed several corporate videos for WebsEdge over the last few years, but this video project was certainly one of the most confronting, challenging and educational so far.

It is a pleasure filming for WebsEdge. They are an award winning video production company that’s worked with over 500 organizations in over 50 countries.

I always find the subject matter compelling and over the years I have shot WebsEdge documentaries about the Queensland Police, Nano Technology & Microbiology.

My latest video project for WebsEdge had me spending a day with some of the most respected professionals in their field, the incredibly talented, medical staff at The Wesley Hospital.

The Wesley Hospital is an Australian leader in robotic surgery, hosting the largest robotic program in the country. Its highly skilled surgeons have performed over 5000 robotic cases since 2010.

This video was produced for EAU TV, an online news channel made for the European Association for Urology, to be distributed on TVs and in hotels at their Annual Congress 2019.

When the producer contacted me about this shoot, he asked if I had ever filmed surgery. I thought of TV shows like ER and Your Life in Their Hands.

Wow! I would be filming surgery? This was going to be a first for me.

Yours truly, all scrubbed and ready for theater!

I didn’t know a lot about prostate cancer before this assignment.

I did know that my father had it and was fortunate enough to have had his prostate removed before the cancer spread. I say fortunate, but the operation to remove the prostate has some serious side effects.

I wasn’t sure where the prostate gland was either. I knew it was down there somewhere but really hadn’t put a lot of thought into how that area of the males body would be operated on.

Needless to say, I soon learned all about the prostate, where it is and the various treatments undertaken to help men who have been diagnosed with cancer.

I filmed a Brachytherapy procedure which involves radiation being delivered from a series of metal rods implanted directly into the tumour.

I also filmed a robotic Prostatectomy which was simply incredible. To watch a highly skilled doctor remove the prostate gland by controlling robotic arms was truly amazing.

As my father said with regards to being a patient in one of these procedures, you leave your dignity at the door. I was determined to shoot this video in a way that respected the patients.

At the end of the day, I had met and interviewed several medical professionals at the top of their game. World leaders in their field who made their job look easy.

I was utterly terrified of cancer yet massively inspired by those who treat it and ultimately save lives every day.

One of the best things about working with WebsEdge is I know the footage I supply will be professional edited and I was particularly impressed with the editing done on this project.

I was very conscious of some of the footage being hard to watch, however the editors did a wonderful job of piecing it altogether while cutting the interviews into sequence.

I want to say thank you to all the wonderful staff at The Wesley Hospital for making me feel so welcome and comfortable whilst on location.

Dave Dwyer

Dave is a Video Producer and Photography based in Brisbane, Australia. With more than a decades experience in video production, Dave brings a unique set of skills and experience to his craft.

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