On a mission to discover the "The Best of British", Oz Clarke and Hugh Dennis set
off on a comical road trip in a Dutch "Tonke" camper van sampling fine wines, beer
and Spirits all over England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales meeting colorful characters
along the way.
As well as providing the programmes main sound for the project shot in a largely
documentary style, we rigged the sound in "Tonke" camper van, which
was using 3 onboard cameras to capture events within. We used duplicate radio receivers
used with the main PSC recording to allow seam less transitions from filming outside
the trucks to driving off, recorded to a time coded hard disk recorder.
To prevent more data being recorded than required and the knock on effects for post
-production we introduced a sync system that either the crew or Oz and Hugh could
use themselves while driving long distances. We custom made a fail safe record switch
which glowed red on the dashboard and with a digital slate we were able to easily
slip into record and capture the sound from the radio mics and the fixed wired microphones
at any time of the journey, which sync perfectly to the cameras.
We transmitted a mix of the conversation to the producers chase car, which was plumbed
into the car audio system allowing him to listen to all the content at any time.
He was able to direct and produce further conversations if required by the use of
2 way radios, which were also distributed to other crew vehicles allowing a film
production covering large distances to maximise what they were able to capture on
and off the road.