Awards Week Highlights 2015
Staffordshire University asked Humanoid to provide video coverage of their Awards Week, including a highlights edit, interviews with honorary graduates and an on-location “Curiosity Cam” shooting sound bites for social media.
Our two video crews captured a combination of interviews, coverage of ceremonies and celebrations, timelapses and aerial footage. “Curiosity Cam” interviews were edited overnight and released the following morning on Staffs’ YouTube.
The “Curiosity Cam” received a great response on the University’s social media channels. Our annual Awards highlights are among the most popular of the University’s video releases and launched on the homepage of Staffs’ website.
Humanoid took Staffordshire University’s 2015 Awards Week celebration highlights in a new direction this summer with the mobile Curiosity Cam and an ever-expanding range of equipment.
After the increasing year-on-year success of Humanoid’s pop-up Diary Room at previous graduation ceremonies, this year’s brief took the project to a whole new level with a full-time roving camera capturing sound bites from graduates, their families, friends, and lecturers across the awards village and the Trentham estate.
Following clues on social media to track down the interview crew, the first volunteer from each ceremony won a bottle of champagne! The project not only provided hours of footage for Humanoid’s annual Awards Week event highlights video, but a “best of” edit from each day’s interviews was also uploaded nightly to the University’s YouTube channel.
“Cutting down over an hour of interview content from each day to a two-to-three-minute color-corrected sound-mixed edit within a matter of hours was a real test of our workflow. The result was, I believe, the most widely-viewed Awards Week campaign to date – and it really took the video diary concept to the next level!”
—Tom Down, Humanoid’s Project Director
The University asked for a dynamic highlights edit, so footage of the ceremonies and celebrations were energised with timelapses, aerial footage and — for the first time ever — a gyro-stabilised camera rig, allowing the team to capture smooth video footage on the fly.