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Broadcast Tech Innovation Awards Finalist

Today I found out that the Broadcast Tech Innovation Awards had listed the post-production workflow I co-designed and implemented at the University of Hertfordshire as an award finalist in the category of Best Innovation in Lockdown.  This is thrilling, not only because we are the only University nominated in the entire awards, but also because we are being recognised alongside industry giants including the BBC, Netflix, Apple, Sky, Halo, MPC, Framestore and ENVY.

Our nomination is for how we tackled teaching post-production and enabling our students to complete their film editing during covid, lockdown and remote working conditions.  I had already previously chosen EditShare as our solution for shared storage and asset management about four years prior to Covid-19.  In late 2019 I requested an early upgrade to our system to the new Flow 2020 system, which included Flow Story and remote editing possibilities.  This turned out to be extremely lucky and fortuitous, as the funding was approved by the University and the install took place in the summer of 2020 – during lockdown conditions by a dedicated and brilliant tech team from the University, EditShare and Altered Images.

I immediately got to work with the updated platform and designed a series of workflows and tutorials on how to remotely learn editing with my own rushes for both drama and documentary, and I then designed ways in which our tutor led reviews could take place using Flow’s “Review and Approve” marker tools.  The staff were able to give immediate feedback to students, directly on their edit timelines, which proved invaluable.  For our final year project students, we were able to give students remote access via AirFLOW and FLOW Story to review rushes and build rough and assembly cuts.

The end result allowed us to continue to teach and deliver post-production tuition, and for our students to complete their final year films with support, flexibility and options for editing remotely. I’m thrilled we have been recognised for this effort and work by Broadcast and the post-production community. It was a huge effort and undertaking, and the students fully embraced the opportunities provided.

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