QinetiQ came to Tech TV requiring a series of videos to be made featuring the Unmanned Warrior trials run by the Royal Navy in 2016. Unmanned Warrior was a world-first: a large-scale demonstration of unmanned systems alongside a major multinational naval exercise. They required; a 10-minute version which told the whole story of UW, a shorter and more succinct version and also a series a short vox-pops clips that could be posted to social media whilst the trials were happening.



The pre-production stage involved a lot of planning, especially when it came to logistics. The trials were mostly going to be conducted at the QinetiQ Hebrides range, but there would also be some other filming required at another location. Once we had figured out the best way to tackle this, we booked our travel and crew.  We also decided to send a video editor with a mobile edit set-up, so that they could edit clips on location. This had two benefits; it allowed us to edit and post social content about the trials whilst they were going on, and it also helped speed up the turnaround time.


Filming took place over the period of a week, whilst the trials were happening live. One particular challenge we faced when filming was the fact that we had to be ready to move to a different area of the range at a moments notice. Another challenge we faced was that, due to the fact that everything was happening live, that meant that we only had one chance to get the footage we needed. In order to overcome these obstacles, we made sure that all the kit we needed was set up and ready to go. This meant that we didn’t waste time faffing with kit; we could just pick it up and shoot.  At the end of each shoot day, footage was supplied to our mobile editor so that the edit could keep moving with the production. We also had to make sure that we collected all external footage that was captured by the unmanned vehicles. There was also some other footage that was to be provided, which mostly consisted of footage that we weren’t physically able to capture on location.


Once filming was all wrapped up, we headed back to our HQ to continue work on the main video. Using the agreed scripts and storyboarding, we began building the master version. In the edit, we used a combination of different music tracks to keep the edit moving along. We also gave certain sections of the video a ‘steely’ color grade to lift the production and help separate different sections of the video. Once we had completed the master version, we began cutting together various different shorter versions, based on amended scripts sent over from the client. The final videos featured on the client’s social media pages as well as on the British Royal Navy’s social media pages.



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