Charity Appeal Films

War to end all Wars, with Hugh Bonneville

By 10th May 2016 No Comments

Charity Appeal Films

Hugh Bonneville and Fiona Jane Weston

Hugh Bonneville and Fiona Jane Weston

In November 2014 we were invited by our great friend, the BBC Broadcaster, Martin Muncaster to film a small fundraising event on behalf of Combat Stress, the veterans mental health charity. As we had worked on a video production in London that covered soldiers returning with PTSD we were more than happy to oblige.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious issue that disturbs many servicemen and women. Unlike a physical injury the symptoms can be very hard to spot. Left untreated it may affect someone for many years after the event has taken place. My own grandfather was known to cry out in the middle of the night as his dreams had taken him back to the Battle of the Somme 60 years earlier.

All star cast for a tiny village hall

All star cast for a tiny village hall

The event was an evening of poems and songs from the first world war, in a village hall in Milland, West Sussex. The small hall was capable of holding around 100 people, with refreshments being served through a hatch in the wall. You would have been forgiven for thinking this was a quaint amateur affair. However nothing Mr Muncaster does is amateur. A cast of four professional actors and musicians had been selected, with Hugh Bonneville top of the billing. Along with Martin, the show featured William Godfree and Fiona-Jane Weston.

 

Covering a live performance with video can be tricky. For this gig we used a three camera set-up and lit the scene with a full stage lighting rig. Audio was taken straight from the mixing desk and recorded into the cameras. As the stage was small this was a straight forward video production. One camera was set as a wide shot, the second was used as a close shot to capture the individuals actions and the third was set on the audience for their reaction. In post production we set up a multicam edit so we could edit the video in playback.

It was a great evening which raised several thousand pounds for a great cause. It was also a pleasure working with Hugh Bonneville, a true professional and great fun in the pub afterwards.