This was a complex shoot: we filmed in four of Biffa’s locations in and around Leicester, with eight actors and multiple vehicles. To make filming even more complex, the locations were ‘live’ plants meaning that Biffa machinery and vehicles would be operating at the same time.
The pre-production planning and co-ordination had to be precise. Pre-planning on a project of this nature is critical to its success. We worked in close collaboration with WABT, to ensure that filming would be efficient and, most importantly, safe.
Shot lists were created, location recces carried out, travel & accommodation booked. Many meetings, multiple drafts of scripts written (well in advance so they could be “off-book”), and local filming permissions requested.
Finally, our crew set off, driving 450 miles, kit in the back. They drove from Aberdeen to Leicester. There followed four productive days of filming.
After all the preparation, the shoot was over. The film crew, cast, and Biffa bid farewell, and the everyone began their journey back home. Once back in our 4K editing suites, the next part of the production process began.
Four days of footage, shot on multiple cameras, had to be organised & categorised into the “best takes” and compiled into a series of dramatic scenes, together with a bespoke sound design.
WABT created all the animated graphics while our editors worked on the live action edit and composited all these assets to make a series of films. They are engaging, educational and impactful, with powerful safety messages that resonate even beyond the world of waste management.
WABT said “When we have complex operational shoots and film projects to produce, we call our partners at Signal. From dealing with big pre-production processes to the intricacies of shooting on a live work site we always trust Signal to deliver. We’re looking forward to partnering with them again on Season 2 this year.”