1940s Weekend

Client: The Black Country Living Museum

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Nominated in the 'Best Promotional Programme' category

Royal Television Society Midlands Centre Awards

The Brief
We have worked with the Black Country Living Museum on a number of projects recently, so we were thrilled when they asked us to film their 1940s weekend. Our brief was to capture the atmosphere, fun and energy of their event – creating a short promotional video that would encourage visitors to come along next year.

The Process
This was a lot of fun to film! We were lucky enough to have two days of beautiful weather, giving the whole event a great festival-like atmosphere. We split into two teams and armed ourselves with all of our latest kit, including a Steadicam (for super smooth tracking shots) and a slow-motion camera. We spent a lot of time making sure we captured the special moments – people dancing, laughing, waving to camera – which gave our edit a fun and friendly vibe. The 1940s has such a strong visual style, so we also made sure we were capturing details like the fashion, vehicles and signage.

 The D-Day Darlings provided us with their recording of 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' for the edit.

The D-Day Darlings provided us with their recording of 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' for the edit.

The Outcome
Because we had loads of great footage to work with, the editing process was quick and straightforward. We added a few basic effects to give it a vintage feel, and sourced a suitable music track from one of the performers at the event.

The client was very pleased with their film and shared it extensively through Twitter, YouTube and Facebook – picking up thousands of views and hundreds of interactions in the process. Good show all round!