If you were at BAFTA on Wednesday night, you might have spotted our Soho team cheering along – and you’ll have almost certainly seen our extremely subtle and not at all aggressive promotion of our new Soho office…
Powered by Broadcast magazine, the Production & Post Forum brought together some of the industry’s leading lights to talk workflow, delivery standards, funding, career progression and how to make your footage look as cool as Peaky Blinders, among other things.
As well as plastering the place with our logo, bags, and drinks tickets (we like attention) we also sent along our M&E team to see what they made of things. Here’s what they had to report…
Kim Beard, Post-production Product Specialist
“Hugo Blick was worth getting into central London by 9am for, which is the best review you can give anyone. A lot of his talk focused on The Honourable Woman as it was his latest, and it was interesting to see the UK and US trailers side by side – they looked like they were for completely different genres. It was interesting to hear how he balanced having many masters – most of his productions run at a deficit and rely on international sales to make money, so he ends up answering to a lot of people – but still manages to have his own vision of each project.”
Lauren Irwin, M&E Marketing Manager
“Stephen Lambert spilling Gogglebox’s secrets was probably my favourite bit. I’ve never actually seen Gogglebox before the clips they showed us in the forum (which were hilarious – everyone was laughing). I guess I was quite pretentious about it and thought, “why would I watch someone watching television?” but it was really interesting to see the relationships and the fact that they hadn’t auditioned people, they’d found them by hanging around places and looking for the sort of people they wanted on the show. This seemed to be a running theme, too – Dan Adamson from Firecracker Films had gone with the same angle for their new show Quiz Night, which films pub quizzes around the UK. It was just really great to hear that they’re creating more compelling television that their audiences can relate to.
“Seeing Richard Merrik set up a radio mic in three seconds was good too – a fast way to point out that it pays to get the professionals in because it is actually really hard to do (I know, I’ve had to muck around doing it at Uni and it is a nightmare with different clothing material).
“Gabriel Tate was a really compelling chair on the conversation with Hugo Blick and asked really engaging questions.”