Ah Bridgwater Carnival, this should have been our 9th successive year of filming and live streaming this huge and fantastic annual event.
Sadly the Covid-19 pandemic put a stop to that, as 10's of thousands of people cramming onto the streets of Bridgwater isn't the safest way to run an event at this time.
So after a bit of brainstorming, the Carnival Committee decided to host a virtual event. But as it wasn't possible to carry out their usual charity events and fundraising to build the carts, they chose to run a 'Best-Of' event.
The unique two hour virtual carnival contained a collection of 88 clips showing the best ever entries ever to enter Bridgwater Carnival over the past 38 years chosen by carnivalites themselves, as well as footage of a previous squibbing display.
Having produced 5 of the annual DVD releases, we had some of the footage to hand, but the rest was only available on DVD releases from another company, so we were sent the DVD's and used software to extract the required clips from the films.
Mark then edited the whole procession together (not always easy as some were filmed in 4:3 ratio, not the current 16:9 widescreen format).
Once the film was approved, the final edit was uploaded ot Vimeo for the livestream. He also built a DVD master for replication which was sent off the the replication house.
Head over to the Bridgwater Carnival event website for more information on the charities involved and to buy your copy of this years DVD.
If you missed the event and the live streaming then pop a date for your diary for next year, Saturday 6th November 2021.
The organisers were very pleased with the results and we are really looking forward to being back at the carnival in person next year.
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