The Making of Mayflower 400 DVD

The Making of the Mayflower 400 DVD is a webinar produced by Focus Business Communications which gives an insight into the contents and background to the documentary produced for the 400 year anniversary of the Mayflower sailing to the New World.

On the 11th November 2020 Focus streamed a 1 hour webinar about the making of the Mayflower DVD set.

This webinar was presented by Adrian Moss (Managing Director of Focus and Research Lead / Director & Producer of the Mayflower 400 DVD, and introduced by Peter O’Sullivan (Former member of Mayflower 400 programme team and resident of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire).  It was specifically aimed at a local area, Winchcombe in the Cotswolds, which had particular significance in the events that led up.

Technical features

The webinar system, which was built by Focus team member, Martin Davis, had a number of collaborating features including:

1 - Registration page - to invite people to attend the webinar. This web-page was sent to various organisations (History Groups, Universities, Colleges and Schools), and individuals.  As well as a registration form, the page contained information about the subject, the presenters and the play-out date/time.

2 - On filling out the registration form, the registrant automatically received a confirmation.  They also received a 'reminder' email a few hours before the webinar start time.

3 - Behind the scenes, we received information on a secure database about how many people registered and joined the webinar. This means we could assess how many viewed the webinar.  This is on our secure database which was deleted once the webinar finished.

4 - The webinar itself had Illustrations, photographs, video samples and a Q&A session integrated.

5 - During the webinar the viewer could submit questions via a form on the screen. The speaker (Adrian) received these questions and was able to answer them during a Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

6 - The webinar stream is recorded, meaning that a copy can be sent to people who were unable to attend, or participants who would like to view it again later.

One of the biggest challenges was that the webinar was one hour long, and the subject is huge, so Adrian had a lot of work to do to make sure all the content fitted in the time slot ... but luckily Adrian has lots of experience running a TV and Video production company!

The Mayflower 400 DVD

Exploring the historical back-story of the Mayflower and Speedwell sailing in 1620, and the reasons for the ‘Great Migration’ to the New World.