Branded content pilot shoot for Discovery / MEC tomorrow!

It’s been a manic couple of days. I received a call on Tuesday evening from MEC, whom I have worked with once before on some long form commercials for Fortis Bank. Those films were pretty exciting – shoots in London, Paris, Munich, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi Island, Georgia (USA) and South Carolina (USA).

Super Fast Turnaround Pilot

This time the challenge I was asked was very different: can I propose a documentary story, research, cast, shoot, edit and deliver a pilot for a branded content series by Monday morning? Yes that’s right, just 5 days, including a weekend – so just 3 working days.  Oh, you’ve got a couple of hundred pounds and it’s got to look polished and sharp!

Well, I love a challenge…It’s been pretty intense pulling it together, but tomorrow I am shooting with the marvellously talented William Kunhardt at Cadogan Hall. He’s a very talented young orchestral conductor and we have a lovely if simple shoot planned – we only have the venue for an hour, in between rehearsals by the wonderful London Community Gospel Choir, who have a concert there later in the evening.  I suspect there won’t even be time for me to tell them how much of a fan I am, let alone get to their concert!