Hugely ambitious project designed to show the general public the value of Future Technologies funding to the aerospace industry (EPSRC Robotics and Autonomous Systems) and how this will benefit humanity in the future.
Ranked among the top 1% of the Universities worldwide, the University of Southampton is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities in Britain.
Research and Innovation Services (RIS) is a dynamic department at the heart of the University activity and the central point for their enterprise and research activities.
The RIS marketing team contacted us to help them create high impact media to show the general public the value of the funding to the aerospace industry (EPSRC Robotics and Autonomous Systems) and how this will benefit humanity in the future. Future Technologies in this industry have received £6.5 million in funding and the sector need to portray the benefits of this.
The media requested included:
- Short video (~1 minute)
- Longer video (~10-15 minutes)
- Web script and images
- Press releases
We were assigned to producing the showcase video along with a shorter highlights video. The theme was based around RAS for Emergency Response, Disaster Relief and Resilience. After initial discussions with key project stakeholders from partnering Universities and organisations the script was approved and pre-production began immediately to ensure the content was delivered to the tight deadline and launch in time with Robotics week.
The script involved many complicated scenes and it was clear straight away that this complex project involved precision planning and organisational skills to make it a success. We were lucky enough to have the very experienced, Julia Waldman as Production Manager to oversee the project. The script needed to be broken down in to scenes with the locations, people and robots required and set to call sheets alongside everyone’s availability, no easy feat with some world leading researchers and scientists who are very busy people!
The script involved a reconstruction element with the evacuation of a school group and workers from a power plant. One of the difficulties of this was making the disused Fawley Power Station look like a used one in the film. We recruited a number of locals as extras in high vis clothing to fill the background of shots and keep the framing tight when required. For the evacuation scenes we enlisted the help of Hampshire Fire & Rescue and the police services in full uniform to bring that realistic look as well as kindly lending us smoke machines when we needed that bigger effect than the smoke grenades we had.
We used a number of action cameras on the shoots to give that first person point of view with the robots and UAVS going in to danger zone. We utilised drones on a large number of the shooting dates to bring the scale of the location to life and highlight the capability of the robots being able to reach the most difficult of spaces.
One of our largest projects to date which was a massive success and showcased our full capabilities! Precision planning, big scenes, stunning aerial shots and advanced graphics.
Due to our precision planning and accurate organisation the shoot was a complete success and we overcame all the obstacles to ensure the footage was in the can ready for the edit with plenty of time to spare. In the edit suite we were able to really enhance the footage with colour grading to give a filmic look which benefited the longer length of the film as well as adding some clever graphics to highlight the robots and their action on screen.
We delivered the final film and the social media teaser ahead of schedule and after suggesting the RIS team to make the most of the film and have a premiere event, that’s exactly what they did. An excellent way of bringing exposure to launch a large video product, the premiere was coincided with a showcase of the robots which featured in the film. All the key stakeholders and VIP guests attended the premiere as well as over 200 school children from local schools.
One of our largest projects to date, which really tested the every team member involved, but we delivered a project which both the client were thrilled with and we are very proud of.
A production which really showcases our capability to work on every aspect of the production process in a high quality manner and deliver large scale projects.
The film I had dreamed of
The ‘Finding Lucy’ project was the most enjoyable project I have worked on for ages. Working with Robin and the RCM team was like working with a well-oiled machine – nothing went wrong. Their attention to detail and meticulous planning meant that even though we had only two small windows to complete filming we did it on time and on budget. The editing went like a dream too. Sitting down with Robin and Julia going through how I wanted it to look was all it took. RCM transformed the footage into exactly the film I had dreamed of. The result is much admired by everyone who sees it. Fabulous work and yes, I would love to make another film and of course I would choose RCM to do it.