Procam Projects are proud to have supported Shine TV with their new ITV doc, A Very British Lockdown: Diaries From The Frontline, which follows NHS staff and key workers as they navigate working and living under Covid-19 conditions. Having previously worked with Procam Projects on Hunted and The Heist, Shine TV approached the team to assist with the remote build of a mini-gallery for the shoot, which implemented mobile rig technology from the aforementioned shows, allowing the documentary to be produced without coming into contact with any contributors. Procam Projects supplied equipment for the gallery, remotely aided the Shine team with the build and created a how-to video, enabling production to install a gallery in their offices whilst abiding by social distancing rules.
"Working with the Procam Projects team again on such a quick turnaround show was a delight. It was absolutely paramount that we adhered to government advice – and fantastic to see that Procam came up with a remote support and build system meaning they never stepped foot into our office. Their technical support was vital during the build and the system has been going strong since installation," said Tom Hutchings, Executive Producer, Shine TV.
The production of the documentary has seen contributors filming and uploading rushes to the Shine server via the app LiveU before it is sent on to editors. This technology allows producer/directors to remotely feedback directions to contributors all over the UK. Though these methods are more commonly used in news, Tim Whitwell, Creative Director at Shine TV said executive producer Tom Hutchings had implemented the same technology whilst working on Sky 1 series, The Heist. When Covid-19 broke out in the UK, Whitwell realised Shine could use the same technology to tell stories from the frontline, removing the need to meet anyone face to face, and in turn keeping both contributors and the production team safe
“It is a very authentic way of making a programme because you receive footage directly from contributors,” said Whitwell. “Good documentaries are always about the film-makers’ relationships with contributors so we were pleased to see the producer/directors forging close relationships with contributors because they are talking several times a day.”
Tim Whitwell and Tom Williams are executive producing the 60-minute documentary, which is being made by a skeletal staff of producer/directors from the Shine office with the rest of the production team and editors in their respective homes. While recognising the difficulties that people are going through, the show has a focus on both humour and hope, aiming to offer some light relief during challenging times.
Dan Studley, Group Technical Director, Procam Projects commented "Katy Wislocki approached Procam Projects to assist the Shine TV production team with their new documentary. It was a pleasure to be able to support such an important show at such a challenging time. Shine TV continues to be at the forefront of remote camera technology, and we continue to support them in any way we can."
Katy Wislocki, Production Executive, Shine TV said "It was a pleasure to collaborate with the team at Procam Projects on this pioneering production. Their assistance was invaluable to enable us to safely install a gallery within our own offices. The team at Shine are very proud to have used mobile rig technology to be able to create an important, heart-warming documentary at a time when people need it the most."
A Very British Lockdown: Diaries From The Frontline is set to air on 21 April 2020 on ITV.