Filming Sanjay’s Roadshow

12 Jun

So the roadshow is finally completed, the first major collaboration with various departments and years in my university, It’s good to have it finally finished.

Click On the Tile Card to Watch it.

So how did this project come about?

The project started whilst I was working as part of the local Oyster festival camera team, media centre manager Alan Barnes introduced me to Sanjay Kumar – local celebrity chef and big community worker. Sanjay and fireman Martyn Addinal were interested in collaborating for charity staging a cooking event, where the fireman would cook a delicious dish for their wives, learning from Sanjay whilst they gave fire safety advice. Another simple project then?

No way, the first stage was to assemble a core crew who would be able to run the entire operation. In the space of a week the operation came together, the script was written, the crew found and production began. Floor Plans were drawn up using the production software Celtx and members of the crew were briefed.

The day of shooting was the most nerve-wracking, having taken the responsibility to see the idea through from its seed, it was now my responsibility to get it made. The original plan was to shoot the programme at the Greenbank hotel, which I had already reccee’d. Close to the day of shooting the location was changed to Pendennis Castle – a great location on paper, a nightmare for camera, sound and the crew.

Original Location Reccee

Setting up at the castle we had to use all our joint knowledge to get set-up and ready to roll in a short space of time, positioning 3 cameras: a master wide, camera left and camera right as well as a fourth in the dining room for the fireman’s wives. The recording was so nerve-wracking, suddenly for the first time the responsibility I held dawned on me and I had to find answers and solutions for the crew. The mistake I’d made was not to have a second in command, this meant that at times I had to micro manage, not a great situation to be in. Before I knew it, the time to panic was over and the show began. Never before have I had to direct about 8-9 fireman, a celebrity chef and a crew, I learnt a lot in that time. Once the cameras started turning I was able to direct the show through radio headsets and a monitor bank set-up out the way from the kitchen. Production wrapped, we all headed down to the Greenbank for shepherds pie courtesy of Sanjay. Feeling good about the shoot and looking forward to the edit.

A quick turnaround on pre-production, we had pulled it off,  now it was time to see what we had in the edit and turn the night into a show.


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