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It’s been a year since the beginning of the global event that changed industry completely, and while we’re not quite back to normal yet, things are looking up. This became apparent to us when the wonderful people at the Aura Innovation Centre asked for our help in live-streaming the UK’s first ever Festival of Green Innovation.

Having adapted to survive in the new world, we’re pretty good at this live-streaming business now, and with some help from our friends over at HPSS, we knew exactly how to deliver a broadcast quality event that would have viewers glued to their seats. We were delighted to be invited back to Aura, having produced a number of videos for them in the past, focused on environmental science and research. The exciting thing about working with the centre has always been how stimulating we’ve found the content on an educational level, so we knew that we were in for a treat with the FOGI.

In preparation for the show, we first had to produce the VTs that would make up part of the production. Over a couple of days at the centre, we met the geniuses running each sector of the building and captured footage of them hard at work (on things that were honestly way over our heads), as well as a tour of the facilities with the broadcast’s presenter, Kofi Smiles. Once the VTs were produced and signed off, we got to work preparing to go live! The day before the broadcast was setup day, in which the guys from HPSS quite literally set the stage, we prepared each camera feed, and we ran through the plan for the next day with the team from Sowden and Sowden. By the end of the day, we were ready to go, and eager to get the show out to its audience.

The following day consisted largely of running through final checks and making sure everyone knew their cues. Kofi had one last chance to run through the schedule, and HPSS performed the zoom test and made sure each feed was coming through clearly. By early afternoon, the guests had arrived and were prepared to go on, the camera team was set, and all that was left to do was press the button and go live.

Overall, the show was a fantastic success. We couldn’t have been happier with everyone involved; each element came together brilliantly, and the audience were amazed. We believe we really set the bar high for the UK’s first Festival of Green Innovation, and we can’t wait to see what the talented team at Aura have in store for the future.


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