Cliff Productions were delighted to be commissioned by Buckinghamshire 2012’s Manager, Ian Barham, to make a short film to chart the host county’s developments as we prepare for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

‘The story so far…’ showcases the development of Dorney Lake – the county’s host venue for the sprint canoing, sporting achievements and preparations at Stoke Mandeville Stadium and cultural events. It features our very own Olympic medalist Adrian Moorhouse, rising canoing star Rachel Crowthorn and local school children at Dorney School to add a personal element to the production.

In true Cliff Productions style, we exercised our core strenghts and pulled out all the stops to make a compelling film, in a short space of time with a modest budget. Our flexibility in being able to film several events on different days, editing during the production phase to meet the deadline and our eye for a great story helped to make the production a big success.

Moments after we completed the draft cut, the voice-over from Adrian Moorhouse was written, recorded and synchronised with the picture to make the end result.

Next challenge was to fill gaps in the commentary with meaningful visuals – thankfully, our archive footage of countless live events captured in Buckinghamshire over the last decade came in very useful.

The film opened the prestigeous business conference – GO!, held on the 20th April at Aylesbury’s landmark Waterside Theatre to an audience of business leaders, sporting legends and games sponsors. Feedback was exceptional.

For those of you interested in the technical side; it was shot on High Definition, captured on Compact Flash cards (which enabled a very swift post-production turnaround) and Sony HDV tapes. The raw footage was then encoded to Apple’s Pro Res format at 1920 x 1080 and 2 versions were output, both in Standard and High Definition.

The story so far…Buckinghamshire’s Journey