RTS honors “Human Planet”

The RTS Craft & Design Awards were announced last night (November 21), with winners including 24 Hours In A&E and Human Planet (pictured).
November 22, 2011

The RTS Craft & Design Awards were announced last night (November 21), with winners including 24 Hours In A&E and Human Planet (pictured).

The ceremony, held in London, recognized the skills involved in production, from costume design to editing and lighting.

Non-fiction winners included the camera team from Channel 4′s 24 Hours in A&E, which beat out the team of directors and cameramen behind The Royal Wedding on BBC1. The Garden Productions series claimed the multicamera work award for its “perfect marriage of subject matter and technique.”

The jury also said of the winner: “Its extremely complex use of 70 fixed camera rigs captured the drama with a commendable level of skill and respect.”

The BBC One doc Wootton Bassett: The Town That Remembers took the prize for sound – entertainment & non-drama. Matt Skilton, Paul Paragon and the sound team were awarded for the “unique sound treatment of the show.”

“It gave an intimate insight into the story of repatriation in a moving way, achieved on the whole by the superb soundtrack,” said the judges.

The camera team for Human Planet‘s ‘Jungles’ episode from BBC Productions for BBC1 picked up the award for photography – documentary/factual & non-drama productions. Judges called it “a work which triumphed over astonishing technical challenges and delivered an amazing sense of tribal and jungle life in one of the most remote and endangered corners of the world.”

Meanwhile Chris King, editor for BBC3′s Our War: Ambushed, picked up the tape & film editing award for documentary and factual. The judges lauded the editor’s ability to craft a story from hours of rough footage filmed on helmet cameras.  “The fact that the program was cut from material that was never intended for broadcast is testament to the skill and talent of the editor,” they said.

Lastly, the design & craft innovation award went to the Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice production team. The BBC1 doc used a number of spy cameras, named the “Icebergcam,” “Blizzardcam” and “Snowballcam” to capture the curiosity and intelligence of the polar bear.

“These state-of-the-art cameras enabled the production team to uniquely capture an intimate portrait of polar bears’ lives, creating a classic natural history program while at the same time making a film that was innovative and contemporary in the way it was shot and the technology that was used,” said the RTS judges.

Nigel Pickard, group director, family entertainment and drama at Zodiak Media Group, chaired this year’s awards.

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