BBC HD Staff & Freelance Briefing Events
The arguments for High Definition Digital versus conventional film are complicated. The BBC are committed to HD; some of the best drama directors and directors of photography were initially unconvinced.
The BBC wanted to run a day for Directors and DoPs which would air some of the concerns and showcase some of the best examples of programmes shot in HD and some of the best equipment currently available.
The day was chaired by Hilary Bevan Jones, a highly respected director, owner of Tightrope Pictures and Chair of BAFTA. Speakers included Alan Yentob, Creative Director and Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction.
In the afternoon, we set up 3 Eastenders sets peopled by a cast of extras in another studio with state of the art cameras and monitors available so that the delegates could see the results. Our extras were chosen to represent a range of different skin tones and hair colours and were dressed in clothes with a range of different colours and textures. We worked with a BBC make up artist so that some had false moustaches, wigs, wounds and skin conditions.
The success of this first event led to subsequent roll out across the BBC regions, a total of 9 different events. The following year, we were asked to run a second series of staff briefings, this time to inform programme makers of the changes to digital broadcasting. These ‘Days in the Future’ were organised with just 3 weeks notice and were delivered over two weeks across the UK to over 1500 staff.