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Friday Afternoons

aldeburghsetup1The second half of 2013 was a whirlwind of new projects for me, with the work of SHPLive.TV taking off. I produced a ton of performance productions for live streaming, including The Place Prize Final, the “Embedded” improvised music season of 3 concerts, transmedia dance project Dare You Watch and a load of other events.

In November 2013,  I worked on an ambitious project as part of the Britten Centenary, celebrating the birth of the famous British composer, Benjamin Britten. Aldeburgh Music, a fantastic hub of musical talent and development in the UK, contacted me about a project to live stream as many performances as possible which were taking place on a single day, under the banner Friday Afternoons.

The title itself comes from a set of 12 Britten compositions, written for choir in 1935 and the performers in this project were due to range from schools in the Scottish highlands to large symphony orchestras.

My mission was to enable, produce and coordinate live streams of the performances from as many of the participants as possible. Many of the organisations had no digital expertise inhouse, so accessible solutions were the order of the day.

Some of the venues were able to work with simple production equipment and delivered their performances via the Ustream streaming service, while I organised streaming production teams to visit a few key venues. My own SHPLive.TV team delivered the production for the event at Aldeburgh’s Snape Maltings venue.

Guardian Friday AfternoonsIn a publicity coupe for the Aldeburgh team, national news organisation, The Guardian featured the whole series of 10 live streams on their website and gave tremendous profile to our work.

24/7

24-7aniWith my media producer hat on, I’ve recently been working with a local Teenage Pregnancy Unit to create a video which they can use as an information tool in schools. It’s been something of an epic project having originally begun last year, but is now finally finished.

One of the tricky issues which emerged during the project was that after initially agreeing, when it came to it, none of the client youth group actually wanted to appear on camera. Although this highlighted for us the  social stigma that surrounds young parents, it didn’t help get the film made.  Another solution had to be found, so we asked animator,  Kim Noce to create a character that could lead the viewer through a narrative where the information we had from interviews with various Council departments would be delivered. 

I created original sound and undertook video production and editing duties for the project. Like most of these projects, it could have used more time to develop the visual style and content, but I think the combination of live video and animation works really well.

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