University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) television production students were asked to film and stream the live World Book Day event held at Preston North End. With 4,500 lively school children in the Bill Shankly stand, six leading children’s book authors and a 24,000 capacity stadium to be filled with excitement, the students of UCLan used their technical skills to raise the production values of the show and assist the charity.
The students rigged the stadium, including cable runs to the big screen and filmed a live three camera setup including mix to screens, animation and slide projection. All authors were mic’d to an in-house sound system with radio mics. The cameras used included two forward facing cameras, and one bird’s eye illustrator camera for Cressida Cowell’s live dragon illustration (Cressida Cowell: How to Train Your Dragon - DreamWorks).
With a range of press in attendance including BBC’s News Round; students worked alongside BAFTA winner, and BBC veteran, Steve Hocking (content editor for Blue Peter) who is responsible for an array of television successes including the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, and the Lord Mayor’s Show. Steve produced the show and worked with eight UCLan students, who directed the show from a live vision mixing station with Steve’s assistance.
Production Manager and Sound Supervisor: Katie Finnemore
Runner: Dan Martin
Sound Engineer: Sam Green
Vision Mixer: Jessica Hobley
Camera Operator: Elizabeth Franklin
Camera Operator: Adrian Harland
Director: Courtney Lee Deakin
Technical Engineer: Chloe Cravagan