This week we’re trying to find a Doppelganger for Alex Riley, we’re scouring the nation and leaving no stone unturned. If you think you, or somebody you know looks like Alex then get in touch with Emily Goldblatt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We’re back in Wales and filming with Richard Parks for the new series of Extreme Wales
This week the tribe is in Wales, filming in the beautiful city of St Davids. Richard is learning about the relatively recent sport of coasteering, allowing him to see his beloved country from an entirely new perspective.
We’re lucky enough to be joined once more by Rob Taylor, our DOP/Action man; people often don’t realise how physically demanding it is to film an entire day of an adventure series such as this. Luckily Rob is in great shape, and is able to keep up with Richard through his most intense moments.
Although most of the team were on location for last years series, this year still throws up many new challenges to be overcome. The first episode of the series is shot almost entirely in, or on water, meaning all the kit needs to be waterproofed and a keen eye needs to be kept on everything. As well as this the dry space for cards and batteries will be limited, an issue the crew will hopefully resolve with the help of our adventure guides Jet and Rhideon.
Despite the challenges this promises to be a fun shoot, if the first day is anything to go by!
In the months leading up to Extreme Wales series two we’ve had a multitude of problems to overcome, but one that was most pressing and has the most creative solution, was how we would film our cycling episode this year. We’re travelling over rougher terrain and going far further than we did last year, and the filming permissions are understandably more stringent. We weren’t allowed to use anything motorised to film, whereas usually we would have access to quad bikes or motorbikes we had to think laterally for a viable solution.
After some intensive research we found the Moke bike, an all terrain electric powered utility bike. The only trouble is that the bike can only be found in one shop in Palma, Mallorca so we need to send someone out to get it. We got in touch with Thor at Urban DriveStyle and told him about our plan to use his bike, and he kindly agreed to loan the bike to us for use on Extreme Wales; and was even keen for us to use it on other projects!
What we hadn’t realised is that, due to the size of the bike and power of the battery the two parts had to travel separately. The bike would travel by plane and the battery, unable to fly, would have to be brought back over land.
Our PC/Researcher Jonathan has been tasked with collecting the body of the bike and bringing it back to the One Tribe TV HQ. Although the flight had been prearranged, we still had difficulty getting the large bike through the check in stage. After a few frantic conversations Jonathan managed to straighten everything out and the bike was permitted to travel on the plane.
Collecting the battery was always going to be an endurance test as it could only travel over land, Lewis was the lucky staff member that got to travel to Palma and pick it up. The trip started at 4am with a flight to Palma from Bristol, from Palma Lewis had to take an 8 hour ferry back to the mainland followed by a 20 hour coach journey across Europe to get back to Calais. From Dover the 4 hours back to Bath was just a drop in the ocean, and after an epic 60 hour journey the two elements of the bike were here in the One Tribe TV HQ.
Now that we have the bike back with us we can work out how we’re going to use it. The plan initially was to have someone steering the bike whilst another person sits on the back filming, so it was always going to take some practice. After a few runs out on the road in front of the office, and a lot of harnessing we managed to come up with a system that worked well for everyone involved. Now we just needed to wait to use the bike off road in Wales!
It’s time to get to work on creating our ambitious sequence with our dedicated team, we’ve come to Farm Studios just outside Bristol to reconstruct the various elements of the Star Wars set. With the help of Nick Pitt, the studio owner, we’re building several different panels and boxes that can be moved around to create the illusion of the 1970’s set for the time needed and be moved along quickly and easily.
Tobey once again works his magic and directs a large group in this prop driven dance, not only thinking about the various elements present on set but also how they look on camera! Needless to say he has his work cut out for him with this, but if anyone is up to the task it’s him.
This shoot was a new and exciting challenge for our runner Lewis, who tried his hand at production coordination for the first time. With so many elements to consider, he’s really having to keep on top of everything but we think he’s done a great job so far.
This week we’ve been immersing ourselves in all things Star Wars as we recreate some of the franchise’s most iconic moments with our One Show tribute. In our most ambitious stunt to date we’re trying to transition between each scene in just one take, as part of our one-take-wonders series. With the direction of Tobey Fenn, we’re hoping our two Star Wars fans (Michael Douglas and Dan Snow) will be able to transform themselves seamlessly between the series most recognisable characters.
Richard Mainwaring, along with our good friends at Holey and Moley have helped us make the 4th series of TenCent’s hit show “On the road”. The first episode of which is being transmitted across China this week. The show focuses on a married couple continuing their around the world adventures, exploring unique and exciting environments, creating memories and sharing stories along the way.
This our first China based project to go to broadcast, we’re sure the first of many to come!
For our latest The One Show insert we have employed the help of some local actors to recreate the activities of the famed “Mole in the wall gang”. A group of hapless criminals that terrorised Manchester’s jewellry stores in the mid 90’s, but only managed to pilfer a measly sum that equates to less than the national minimum wage!
Our team take on the challenge of filming in the literal urban underbelly of greater Manchester, seeing a different side of the city.