The Maniac team have just returned from a weekend trip to Guildford in Surrey to film part of The Festival of Wonder, a one day festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the University of Surrey. The event was held across multiple campuses and venues and involved both live music and also the chance to explore the university, meet celebrities and generally have fun and be inspired.
We were called in by local film-maker Pete Cox, who had been asked by the University media department to cover the events at the Surrey Sports park and the University Veterinary School. Of course Pete couldn't cover all of this on his own so he drafted in the Maniac team to grab some additional coverage.
Pete took along his own camera kit, while we brought along our Blackmagic Mini Ursa, Edirol audio recorder, Sound Devices Mixer and a number of radio mic kits
The day included a number of filming locations & events. Our first stop was a 1hr Sports panel hosted by John Iverdale. He was joined by former British and Irish Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan OBE, the Chairman of the English RFU Andy Cosslett, ex-England cricketer and Director of Women’s Cricket
at Surrey Ebony Rainford-Brent, Director of Surrey Storm Netball Tania Hoffman, Academy and Global Development Director at Harlequins Tony Diprose, and Liam Heath, British Sprint Canoeist.
This event required Pete & Mark to film, while Stu worked with the sound engineer to mix down and record 9 channels of audio into just 6 tracks for recording.
Following this Mark & Pete spent time shooting various sporting events in and around the sporting centre while Stu took the DJI Ronin-M gimbal on the horse & cart ride between the venue & the Veterinary School.
The whole team also filmed a number of events in and around the Veterinary School, including Story time with Dame Penelope Keith and the Pets as Therapy dogs. This was a lovely event in which one of the county’s best loved actresses read Peter Rabbit a rapt audience of children, adults and dogs.
At end of the shoot, all of the footage and audio was transferred on to a hard drive and handed over to the University media dept who will be combining it with the video from other film crews on the other campuses and creating a 2 minute highlights package.
You can watch the 2 minute vieo at the top of this page