Guildford Torch Relay Celebration


When we were asked to help with the Olympic Torch Relay for the Guildford evening celebration, how could we refuse?  It was a fantastic event to be part of and work at and with an attendance of 28,000 people how could we have turned it down.

We are quite used to working in interesting situations and places, and this job was no exception with our working environment being in the back of a transit van.  But as usual we adapted and provided the graphics we had programmed like any other event.

For the pre-production we were given the event programme and exhibitors branding materials, from this we created a deck that contained pretty much everything we thought the audience may need to know, including emergency information, site maps, event timetables and alert slides to let people know what was happening right then.

The actual programing of the event went really smoothly, even though we had several feeds that we needed to look after and constantly change between. We were switching between live feed from the BBC website, pre-programmed slides that contained important event information and a live departure board from South West Trains. There was no timetable for switching between the different feeds it was down to us to use our experience to assess and switch when we felt appropriate.

This meant that going into the event we needed to make everything as flexible as possible and really think about setting ourselves up to continuously be able to switch between machines on site without any errors or differences in the slides. We had live internet feed that we needed to constantly watch for any buffering or drop outs and switch accordingly. It was an ever changing set of graphics so we had to be on the ball and focused throughout the day and evening, but we’re used to providing on site peace of mind.

It was a great event to be part of and another example of how we can adapt and take our professional graphic operator experience from the conference industry and work in any live event situation, indoors, outdoors or even in a transit van!

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