“Around The world in 80 Days”
Production Company: BBC 1
A celebrity relay race, reenacting Fileous Fog´s and Michael Palin´s
journey around the globe without flying. BBC´s, Louise Minchin and Bill Turnball
take over leg 5 crossing from Mongolia, across the Transiberian Train to Vladivostock
in Russia, a Ferry to South Korea and eventually across the Pacific in a cargo ship
to LA with 16,000 miles. A true travel log full of amazing cultures and experiences
in the desperate race to meet the next team to complete the mission of circumnavigating
the world in 80 days without flight.
As with all these types of documentary travel logs the pressure is deciding what
equipment you would like to take and what you need. You need to travel light and
be mobile but also be able to deal with inevitable technical issues. The main consideration
while crossing so many countries is radio microphone frequency interference. Sabsound
prepared for this by taking a varied spectrum of radios, covering UHF and VHF bands.
We needed to be mobile and cable free so used a separate sound set up. The documentary
was shot on one main camera and 2nd unit DV camera and small onboard camera. Every
camera was locked with 24hr run time code locked to the sound hard drive. As well
as recording Isolated tracks and a Program mix locally on the hard drive, a wireless
mix was sent to the main camera, and a directors fold back so he could monitor at
any time. The documentary was fast moving and involved quick thinking dealing with
environments and technical issues as they arose as well as the usual fatigue of
a pretty intense schedule throughout the 16,000 miles covered.
“The Kings Speech”
Production Company: 1212 Productions
Broadcaster: Channel 4
The BAFTA and Oscar-nominated film The King's Speech has brought to the fore the
inspiring story of King George VI's struggle to overcome his crippling stammer.
Featuring interviews with former patients of therapist Lionel Logue, the film provides
insight into the working relationship between Logue and his royal patient as well
as looking at the methods and techniques he employed to 'cure' his patients.
There are also interviews with leading historians of the King, Edward VIII, Elizabeth,
the Queen Mother. Additionally the programme underlines the vital role of Queen
Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, in helping her husband overcome his disability.
The programme contrasts King George VI's speeches with those of his brother, the
former King Edward VIII, a natural performer. Both men in speaking publicly - one
renouncing his throne, the other accepting it - had to conquer their own demons
and reveal themselves in a way a King had never done before.
Through these speeches the programme explores the relationships between the brothers
and in turn their relationship with their father George V: the first King to speak
on radio and television to his subjects.
The film also pulls into focus a moment in British history that fused the issue
of the King's stammer and the destiny of the monarchy; an emerging age of mass communications;
of economic depression and global instability: a period of British history when
the monarchy needed to show leadership and confidence but with a King who had to
overcome a key physical limitation: his stammer.
Example to Follow
“How Cities work”
Production Company: Electric Sky Productions
Broadcaster: Discovery Channel
We turn on the shower and there’s clean water. We buy food grown on the other
side of the world from the shop next door. We get the train, tube or light railway
into the office. We boot up the computer and there’s power.
Our cities are like huge complex living organisms and just like the human body;
our cities rely on its vital organs – its infrastructure - power, transport,
food, water and buildings to keep it and the people who live and work there alive.
This series explores how these vital systems work. It will unpack how the hip bone
connects to the thigh bone and examine the impact of ever increasing demand. If
our cities are to prosper bold new solutions are needed.
We will visit many of the ingenious engineering projects and vital enterprises that
will keep our cities running in the years to come. Actuality will drive the narrative.
We’ll meet the individuals who perform surprising and unseen tasks that keep
the power on and the water flowing. Episodes are now confirmed as: Power Games,
Food Fights, Concrete Jungle, Transport Tales and Water Works.