This year, one of the cultural highlights of British summertime fell victim to Covid-19.
World famous, Notting Hill Carnival, usually sees more than a million people take to the streets of West London on August Bank Holiday weekend for two days of music, dancing and Caribbean cultural expression.
However, in 2020, for the first time in its history, the event took place online – and Flux Broadcast was on hand to live stream the official Carnival Warm-up.
Working alongside Ministry of Sound, we were asked to produce a dynamic, two day virtual party in which incredible DJs would play back to back for four hours, showcasing the sounds of Notting Hill Carnival and its celebration of black British culture.
We knew that creating a high impact broadcast would be vital. However, restrictions on location and audience numbers, as well as social distancing requirements meant that capturing each DJ’s unique energy was a real challenge.
We used three cameras to offer a variety of shots: two capturing dynamic views from the room, as well as a fixed camera in the booth to give viewers an up close look at the DJs in action. Live vision mixing meant we could create a seamless transition through each set and graphic overlays kept the viewers informed throughout.
In these most difficult times, on-site working always requires the strictest safety policies. We’re proud to say we created a top quality broadcast, exceeding client expectations, but never compromising on the safety of talent, live audience or crew.
The event garnered well over 100,000 views on YouTube and helped push awareness of Notting Hill carnival and its transition online to new levels. Despite the broadcast’s success, Flux hopes, like everyone else, that 2021 sees us all dancing in the streets once again!