National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards at HM Treasury

Media: DSLR Videography / Photography / Post production services /Social Media / Press

Behind the scenes
It’s awards season!
For our client the Institute of Fundraising last year we inside No.11 Downing street [link to 2011 event], this year we are back at HM Treasury.

About the awards:
The National Payroll Giving Awards Event is held annually in October to celebrate the efforts of employers, charities and professional partnerships in promoting Payroll Giving in the work place. Any employer who has achieved a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Payroll Giving Award Certificate is eligible to apply for entry to the National Payroll Giving Awards.

The Awards and Event are funded by HM Government, organised in conjunction with the Institute of Fundraising and administered by the Payroll Giving Centre.

As usual for our multi camera angle events we had 2 cameras filming the ceremony, one operated and the other a wide shot for cutaways and audience applause. I usually also film with my camera but as I was the official photographer [something I have done for over 10 years] there wasn’t  time.
Awards ceremonies are generally fast paced and there is so much to do in a short amount of time and as a photographer you have to cover the entire room, get the posed awards photos and capture the atmosphere and caught moments.
So until the interviews with the winners I was sticking to the role of the photographer.

For the interviews we used a new Sigma 50mm 1.4 on the Sony FS100 with metabones converter until it started giving us some strange problems [flickering]. This is must not be fully supported by metabones. Then we switched to a Canon 50mm prime which did the trick. The wider camera angle was the 5D MKII on a Canon 24-70 F2.8.
Lighting was by LED panels on lighting stands.

The venue A/V setup was quite poor. We used our wireless mics at both lecterns transmitting to the Sony FS 100 for sound as there was no option to take a feed from the mixing desk, the key here is always come prepared and liaise with A/V departments before any job.
Lighting  was also all over the place. We had several colour temps, one from the overly bright screen projectors, then the tungsten spot lights on the 2 lecterns and centre stage and finally a more fluorescent light over the audience.

All videos were synced, edited and graded and uploaded directly to the clients social media site.
Photography and videos were available for download on DVD-ROM.

Gear & Tech
Sony FS-100 / Canon 5D MKII / Canon 60D
Canon 24-70mm F2.8L / Canon 70-200 IS F2.8L / Canon 17-55 IS F2.8 /Sigma 50mm 1.4 / Canon 50mm 1.4
Manfrotto video tripod x 2
Canon 580ex flash with Quantum turbo 2×2 and soft box
Sennheiser ew 500 G3 Series and ew 100. 2 sets

“We have worked with Karim for six years on the NPGEA and find the service quick and of a very high standard.  Nothing is too complicated and the team is adaptable, meeting our exact needs.  This year again we used their video technology to add an extra dimension to our awards event at HM Treasury and promote the event using social media tools and the results speak for themselves”.
Lee Grant, Head of Membership Communities, IOF.