Video team flies from royal visit to Barca tradeshow
From supporting our local community store’s official opening by HRH The Prince of Wales, to negotiating the largest mobile telecoms tradeshow in the world, our video production team had a busy week.
Friday 22 February
HRH The Prince of Wales arrived to huge crowds for the official opening of Uley Community Stores. The Community Stores project has been an important local initiative that Kava has supported with website development and marketing advice, as well as our patronage for coffee, cake and other essentials! Despite being a voluntary gig this was not a simple one. With no room for a tripod, the entire community jostling for position, seasoned professionals from the BBC and a raft of local press muscling in, our skills were tested in new ways. Unlike a corporate interview there would be no second chance with this one, so the pressure was on!
Saturday 23 February
To Barcelona. This may sound simple, but have you tried taking two cameras, lighting equipment and a large tripod through an airport?
Sunday 24 February
Interview with Small Cell Forum Chair Gordon Mansfield. Ordinarily this would be a straightforward task. A subject, an interviewer, lighting controlled, camera set up and ready. But our location was a tradeshow the day before it opened its doors to the public, which meant that we were surrounded by exhibitors putting the finishing touches to their stands, and in the case of our nearest neighbour this required a very loud fork lift truck. Sometimes, the skill of this job is knowing when you’re beat!
Monday 25 February
Mobile World Congress opens to the public in Barcelona, Spain.
1500 exhibitors. More than 70,000 attendees. That’s a lot of people to negotiate.
After squeezing in the re-scheduled Gordon Mansfield film, it was over to Ubiquisys to interview Co-Founder & CTO Will Franks. All the usual challenges of corporate interviews in an uncontrolled environment: noise pollution from the ventilation system and other meeting rooms, lack of light due to the limits of what can be safely hand carried on overseas projects and uncertain power supply at the destination. And time constraints on everyone involved.
Tuesday 26 February
Filming speakers at the Small Cell Zone is always a fun challenge; waiting for the right moment and hoping the lighting will be sufficient. Managing the sound and hoping that neighbouring stands won’t choose that moment to play loud music or make an announcement. Making the speaker feel at ease and not distracting them from their task. Not completely blocking the aisles or tripping up visitors.
Then home, because films don’t edit themselves.Lucy Hill