The Princess Royal Training Awards is an award provided by the City & Guilds Foundation for companies providing exceptional training to their employees. The Awards is hosted each year in St. James's Palace, London, and is attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne. We were commissioned to film the event and produce a highlights film.
There are strict filming and photography rules when filming inside St. James's Palace - we attended a site visit before filming and spoke on the phone to get an good understanding of what we can, and can't, film. Very few production companies have been allowed to film within the grounds of St. James's Palace, we were very privileged for the opportunity.
"Very few production companies have been allowed to film within the grounds of St. James's Palace, we were very privileged for the opportunity."
The shoot broke down into 3 stages:
- Guests arriving at the Palace and socialising
- The Arrival of HRH Princess Anne and the Award Ceremony
- HRH speaking with small groups of Award winners
It was really important that we filmed the space to show how grand the location is - to achieve this we shot on wide angle lenses (Tamron 17-28 f2.8) on full-frame Sony A7III's to emphasis the sense of scale.
To film the Award Ceremony we had two Sony A7III's on a riser at the back of the room one with a Sony GM 70-200 and one with a Sony GM 24-70. We occasionally swapped out the GM 24-70 with the Tamron 17-28 to get an ultra-wide shot of the room.
During the Ceremony we had a direct recording of the speeches by connect a Sound Devices Mix-Pre II to the soundboard.
Lastly to film HRH Princess Anne speaking with the Award winners we mounted the A7III with the 24-70 GM onto a Manfrotto monopod. Using a monopod allows us to be quick at getting stable shots during events without taking up a large footprint with a tripod. We using the 24-70 GM so we could get wide shots showing the whole group in discussion to HRH but also close ups of HRH and the Award winners.
"Using a monopod allows us to be quick at getting stable shots during events without taking up a large footprint with a tripod."
We edited the highlights film in Final Cut Pro X and edited the audio from the speeches in Izotope RX.