To film the main video we headed up to Cambridge to Tom’s home office and studio. Tom started his career as a graphic artist and designed and ended up owning and running an advertising agency in Plymouth before retiring.
The best position for Tom to sit meant we had to set up the lights. We used LCD panel lights with adjustable power settings and suitable filters. These run off batteries so give us a wonderful freedom of not worrying about power socket availability and location and having trip hazard cables everywhere. They also have the advantage of not running hot so we do not have to take regular breaks to allow the lights or the room to cool down or risk the interviewee getting too hot.
As always we had pre-agreed the questions with Tom. This is standard practice as it allows the interviewee to think about what they want to say before filming starts. This reduces the risk of missing some important piece of information and helping the structure of the response so it maximises audience engagement and understanding.
As with any project where you have spent 20 years engaged in it, Tom had a lot to cover. What was most interesting was the amount of original research that went into the project as well as his insight into how what started as a single community activity mushroomed to become 9 centres and over 250 people involved.
We brought the footage back to the studio and got to work putting everything together to create a fascinating and educational video. We have just released the trailer for the full version, below.
The full version is now available! We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed producing it.