Case Study: BBC One's Imagine - This House Is Full Of Music

As the country found itself suddenly thrown into lockdown earlier this year, the Television industry needed to quickly adapt to continue entertaining the population. We were delighted to help Swan Films find an innovative solution to shoot a stunning new project featuring the world renowned Kanneh-Mason Family.

The family decided to stage a glorious and eclectic concert in their own home The family decided to stage a glorious and eclectic concert in their own home

Using our fixed-rig remote hot-head cameras, most of the team were working fully remotely Using our fixed-rig remote hot-head cameras, most of the team were working fully remotely

BBC Young Musician winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his exceptionally gifted siblings have spent lockdown isolating together in the family home. They have spent lockdown streaming their music to fans online, and performing in the street to neighbours, lifting spirits with the wonder of music. The family decided to stage a glorious and eclectic concert in their own home, and gave the BBC exclusive access.

Swan Films wanted to offer viewers an intimate look into the lives of the musical family during lockdown, whilst working within very strict health and safety protocols. WilkieTV were delighted to offer Swan Films a bespoke package; including a remote camera rig, wireless lapel microphones, with OB, remote streaming and SkypeTX. All of which enabled Swan to shoot intimately with the family for the day. We meticulously installed robotic cameras in the main rooms of the house, capturing candid moments and topped off with a classical concert.

Alan Yentob hosted the film and interviewed the family from the safety of his own home. We were able to send a sanitised remote recording kit to him, bringing his feed into our OB over SkypeTX. Alan was able to interview the family in real-time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Alan Yentob hosted the film and interviewed the family from the safety of his own home Alan Yentob hosted the film and interviewed the family from the safety of his own home

Cameras were placed in several rooms to capture the best angles of each piece Cameras were placed in several rooms to capture the best angles of each piece

Ensuring the Kanneh-Mason family, the very small Swan crew and our team were safe at all times, we sent a skeleton team of two with our OB vehicle. One engineer entered the house in full PPE when the family had left the room. All kit was fully sanitised before installation, and cables neatly hidden. We strive to deliver meticulous installs, to keep shots looking clean and cable free. Our robotic cameras enabled Swan Films to be across every angle and follow conversations easily throughout the home. We deliberately choose to install a mix of white and black cameras to blend in with the different areas of the family's home.

The film is a great success, offering an uplifting, joyful and moving reminder that music can carry us through difficult times. We are delighted to have been part of this project, and congratulate Swan Films on a beautiful production.