If we had to rate our experience of filming Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott for Channel 4 at Castlefield Bowl, we’d score it a Perfect 10!
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When we say this was a pretty smart stream, we’re not just talking about the venue. Professor Brian Cox and his marvellous brain certainly brought the fascinating facts and the entertainment value to go with it, taking the Age of Starlight show to another planet.
It’s not every day you get the opportunity to film a legendary, Academy Award-winning actor as iconic as Robert De Niro…twice.
With the winter Olympics, the FIFA World Cup and Wimbledon all perfectly aligning in 2014, it made sense for the BBC World Service to also align some top sports presenters for a round-table discussion of their own personal highlights.
In 2017 Twitch, the giant game streaming platform reached out to Kendal Calling festival to livestream the entire 4 day event. This quickly developed to include their sister festival, Bluedot, overall generating a huge amount of livestreamed content!
Carrying a bath up three flights of stairs for a shoot… all in a day’s work for the Jackinabox crew! On this shoot we filmed a series of slow-mo promo clips for Pelicase involving a tonne of tools, plenty of powder paint and of course, the aforementioned bath.
How do you bring classical music to the masses? Combine it with everyone’s favourite artists they already know and love, that’s how! This is exactly what BBC Radio 3 did in 2016 where well-known artists from its sister radio stations collaborated with the 75-piece Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to introduce classical music to a whole new audience.
When folk favourite Kate Rusby took to the stage at the Sage, Gateshead for a Christmas performance it was bound to be another festive treat. Having never worked at this landmark venue before, it was certainly a spectacle worth seeing!
The beautiful Bodleian library in Oxford boasts not only stunning architecture but also a copy of almost every book ever written making it a bookworm’s ideal home. Combine this with the presence of Philip Pullman and you’ve got yourself a literary dream.
Tucked beneath the railway arches of Manchester’s Oxford Road inside Gorilla, an intimate event took place, sadly to become one of the last interviews with legendary Buzzcocks frontman, the late Peter Shelley. With the passing of Peter, this interview, hosted by Dave Haslam, takes on a whole new significance for fans, offering one last personal insight into his life and songwriting genius.
Going… going… gone…to see what’s happening at the Auction Against Hunger launch in Manchester!With over 20 different gourmet food vendors and top chefs gathering under one roof, this event was bound to bring some heat to the table and it certainly did. Once-in-a-lifetime prizes were auctioned off to the highest bidders to raise money for charity in between attendees sampling the delights on offer at each stall.
Anthony Joshua is one of Under Armour’s biggest sponsored athletes both in terms of celebrity status and physical stature. Honestly – I felt like I was shaking hands with one of those American foam finger gloves!
Wearing studio blacks, our crew is usually pretty easy to spot amongst a field of glitter-clad brightly-dressed festival-goers, but not at Bloodstock. Here, black reigns supreme with heavy metal booming its way across every corner of the site.
Who knew cricket nets could make the perfect office space? Well we found out how handy they were on arrival at Cotton Clouds Festival in Oldham, reversing the van straight into the nets!
3x stages/vision mixer units, 2x interview units, 25x crew and a giant 77m high radio telescope could only mean one thing… Bluedot Festival. Packed with an exciting mix of musical, whimsical and scientific spectacles, Bluedot made for an astronomical amount of content to capture.
Kendal Calling is like a yearly homecoming for our Director here at Jackinabox with 2018 marking his 11th year. The crew’s yearly pilgrimage has well and truly become the stuff of legends.
Ever thought of going for a swim after a gig? Well we certainly hadn’t until we arrived at the Northwich Memorial court to livestream The Charlatans at their homecoming 5-day festival ‘North by Northwich’.
10x Toshiba mini-cams, 10x GoPros, 2x Teradeks and a covert surveillance van sounds like fun until you find out you have to rig, RX and derig all in the same day! Did I also mention that everything must be entirely undetectable to a child… in their own house?
Comedy’s a new one for us here at Jackinabox and Roy Chubby Brown was certainly a baptism of fire when contending with his sharp tongue and quick wit. Recording two nights at the Brindley Theatre in Runcorn for Chubby’s new DVD I think we laughed more during the rig than the show as a result of the entertaining and welcoming tour crew.
Knowing how much additional support kit to bring on a job this size can become a bit of a slippery slope. Quite literally too when you’ve got to use the steep loading bay at The London Palladium. At least we didn’t have to help load in the jimmy jib!
Welcome to the Jackinabox Portable Production Unit blog. Rather than treating this like another old boring diary, we’re going to use this blog to: Report case studies, or a debrief […]