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The Office Xmas Party

The Office Xmas Party follows three very different businesses as they prepare for their yuletide extravaganza. The highlight of any office social calendar, the Christmas party is guaranteed to be a source of fun and frivolity. With outlandish festive themes, venues transformed into winter wonderlands and outrageous entertainment all on the cards, each business is gearing up for a party their employees will never forget.

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The three-part series follows a party-loving property company, a sex-toy warehouse, and the team that run a mansion-house, as they plan their extravagant events. The programme celebrates the great British tradition where companies across the country descend into a night of organised seasonal celebrations.

The production opted for a fixed rig remote head install for the events. Featuring Sony’s H900’s to give maximum coverage and ability to cope with the possible low light scenarios. This allowed them to achieve a fly on the wall effect and limit the intrusiveness for narrative purposes.

Shooting Partners supplied our Quadrus record solution, as it offered individual ISO records with the ability to record two copies simultaneously for added security.

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With the quick turn-around on each event the ‘live gallery’ had to be compact to minimize rig and de-rig time, so all camera feeds were centralized to two 55 inch monitors for direction with each operator working with single monitors for their zones. The back-stories and post party interviews where all filmed using Shooting Partners Canon EOS C300 cameras, utilizing 3 lenses; 16-35mm, 24-105mm, 70-200mm, as well as Cinevate compact sliders to give maximum options for different shooting environments and GV’s.

The Office Xmas Party is series produced by Anna Edwinson, for Chalkboard TV.

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